Kongsberg K-Walk for Olympic Orion MPSV

Kongsberg Maritime - K-Walk gangway concept Photo Kongsberg

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Olympic Shipping has chosen Kongsberg Maritime's new
K-Walk integrated vessel gangway solution for installation aboard
the Multipurpose Offshore Vessel (MPSV), Olympic Orion. Designed
to significantly increase efficiency and safety for Walk-to-Work
duties, K-Walk will be integrated with the advanced Kongsberg
Information Management System (K-IMS) and the existing K-Pos
Dynamic Positioning system on board Olympic Orion, which will be
upgraded as part of the installation in the latter half of
2017.

Olympic Orion will utilise the innovative K-Walk solution
following its launch as part of KONGSBERG's new Integration
Strategy in Fall 2016. The system takes a new approach to
increasing productivity and efficiency for Walk-to-Work vessels
by improving operability of key systems on board. In addition to
full integration with K-IMS to enable mission and route planning
for increased service capability within a wind farm, the system
interconnects with the DP and a planning station. The system
extends vessel availability by increasing the operational weather
window.

Through integrated mission planning, automated vessel manoeuvring
and gangway hook-up, K-Walk introduces a step-change for
increasing efficiency and productivity of the Walk-to-Work
operations that are integral to Wind Farm Construction and
Maintenance projects. While providing a completely safe, motion
compensated gangway for the fast transfer of personnel and
materials, integration enables more efficient approach and
settlement at wind turbines and more effective logistics. The
system is activated prior to entering a wind turbine's safety
zone, reducing vessel speed and launching the K-Walk hook up
process during approach. Because of the integration with the DP,
the gangway is able to move into position while the vessel is
still moving, positioning it safely as the vessel arrives on
station.

The integration of K-Walk with K-IMS is a unique approach that
enables in-depth mission planning, resulting in increased
productivity and efficiency by finding the most preferred route
for increased service capability within the wind farm. The system
will be fully connected with Olympic Orion's DP system, offering
increased operability with a new condition based operator
environment, which requires less manpower and has minimal
training requirements.The K-Walk solution for Olympic Orion will
also improve time for mobility and safety with an integrated lift
system for transfer of people and goods, including electric
trolleys (under design) for movement of pallets across the
gangway. Overall, K-Walk significantly enhances operational time
efficiency, which improves productivity with the ability to serve
more wind turbines within the same time frame.

"We are very satisfied to select Kongsberg Maritime's new fully
integrated Gangway solution for our MPSV Olympic Orion," says
Bjørn Kvalsund, COO, Olympic Subsea. "We also see a potential to
install this integrated Gangway solution on board several of our
existing vessels in order to provide W2W services into an
expanding and interesting market segment."

"Olympic Orion embodies the future that we envisioned with the
launch of our Integration Strategy last year and we are delighted
to work with Olympic Shipping for our cutting-edge new K-Walk
solution," said Stene Førsund, Executive Vice President, Global
Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. "K-Walk provides Olympic
Orion with total oversight of route planning and gangway hook-up
operations. It enables better real-time and long-term management
decisions, and empowers safer, more predictable, and efficient
operations through reduced human interaction and automation based
on the deep integration of critical systems on board."

Feb 14, 2017

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