Offshore personnel transfer company Reflex Marine is developing a new personnel access concept for both the offshore wind and traditional oil and energy industries.
Offshore wind farms require year round access for essential inspection and maintenance tasks. Lack of safe access due to challenging weather conditions is a major contributor to turbine down-time and lost revenue, particularly in seasonally high winds; when faults are most likely, and wind yield is greatest.
Winch-based access will enable operators to use much of the current fleet and equipment already in the field. In the absence of a dedicated crane on the installation, a bespoke hoisting system can be retrofitted which allows the personnel transfer capsule to be safely hoisted.
At the core of the system is a FROG-XT1, a single person transfer device. Options to transfer maintenance teams in groups can also be achieved using higher capacity Reflex Marine capsules.