After years of research and development, Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth are now ready to introduce a new developed autonomous landing solution to the market. The solution is to increase safety during transfer of personnel and cargo from services vessels to wind turbines and increase operational hours.
Through a combination of sophisticated radar technology, cameras and sensors, the landing system automatically attaches the landing to the required site without the need for manual input. This means that the operation is consistent and reliable, regardless of weather and ocean conditions.
Once connected, the landing utilises the usual motion compensation which works alongside the vessel’s dynamic positioning system to ensure a safe, steady connection between the ship and the platform.
“There are a number of benefits to the autonomous landing system,” says Rene Coppens, Business Development for Barge Master systems at Bosch Rexroth. “First of all, it’s a further improvement of safety. Perhaps most importantly though, our systems increases the available operational hours. Our system can work in difficult conditions and does not depend on availability of operators, so it can really improve the uptime. These three key benefits present a real step forward in autonomous landing solutions.”
The autonomous landing solution is now available to order at new build vessels and should be available for retrofit later this year on the Barge Master motion compensated gangways, Bosch Rexroth said.