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OSBIT Power (OP) announced today it has begun offshore trials of its innovative offshore wind access system, MaXccess. OP has agreed with Siemens Wind Power and Statoil to conduct trials at Statoil’s Hywind demo floating wind turbine in Norway.

The MaXccess system has been developed by OP, with the first production MaXccess unit, MX11/01, being completed in summer 2011.The MaXccess system provides a stable platform from which personnel can transfer to and from the boat landing ladders mounted on turbine foundation structures. A friction based clamp connects the vessel to one of the boat landing tubes by a carefully engineered, patented, linkage geometry that ensures that the bow of the vessel is held stationary while the vessel is allowed to roll, pitch and yaw freely. MaXccess has been installed on the wind farm service vessel, Bayard 3 operated by Fred Olsen Windcarrier. A programme of trials to thoroughly test MaXccess in offshore conditions is now underway, being conducted from Statoil’s operations base at Skudeneshavn, Norway.
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