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Limpet Technology

Increasing crew access to far-offshore installations from 50% of the year to 80%

Maintenance of offshore windfarms is essential, but wave conditions can make crew transfers from vessel to turbine tricky, at best. Today, wave heights above 1.5m are considered too dangerous, so failed transfers are expensive, and all too common. A solution will soon be available thanks to a game-changing dynamic hoist designed by Edinburgh innovators, Limpet Technology.

The system uses inbuilt lasers to track the motion of a vessel’s deck, adjusting the height of the hoist in real time.

The Limpet Offshore Personnel Transfer System is currently being tested at the ORE Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife Scotland. It is expected to double the safe crew transfer height to 3 metres, increasing accessibility to far-offshore installations from 50% of the year to 80%.