Startup Showcase: Ampelmann – Revolutionizing Offshore Personnel Transfer

Ampelmann, the high-tech offshore personnel transfer company, is transforming the way people access offshore structures. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Delft University of Technology, Ampelmann has quickly become a leading innovator in offshore access solutions. The company’s core technology is the Ampelmann system, a motion compensation platform that allows for easy, fast, and safe access from a moving vessel to offshore structures. With a doubling of its fleet every year since 2008, Ampelmann currently operates 40 systems worldwide, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from various types of vessels to offshore oil & gas platforms, offshore wind turbines, FPSO’s, and all other fixed and floating structures at sea.

Revolutionizing Offshore Personnel Transfer

The Ampelmann system is revolutionizing offshore personnel transfer. Before the Ampelmann system, personnel transfers were often performed by helicopter or crane, both of which can be dangerous and expensive. The Ampelmann system offers a safer, more efficient, and cost-effective solution to personnel transfers. The motion compensation technology allows for easy and safe transfer from a moving vessel to offshore structures, even in rough sea conditions.

The Ampelmann System

The Ampelmann system comes in two models, the A-type, and the E-type. The A-type is the base model, with 2m stroke cylinders and gangways of 20 and 25m maximum reach. The E-type, with 3m stroke cylinders, can carry up to 100 tons of payload. It can be fitted with standard A-type gangways and client-specific gangway and crane types reaching to a maximum of 65m. Both models provide a stable platform for personnel transfers and are designed to withstand extreme sea conditions.

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Global Reach

Ampelmann’s innovative technology has gained global recognition, and the company now operates in 17 countries worldwide, including the Netherlands, the United States, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates. The company has received numerous awards and recognition for its innovative technology, including the 2017 Spotlight on New Technology Award at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, and the 2019 Offshore Energy Award for Best Innovation in Offshore Energy.


Ampelmann’s motion compensation platform technology has revolutionized offshore personnel transfer. Its innovative solutions provide a safer, more efficient, and cost-effective solution to personnel transfers. The company’s global reach and industry recognition highlight its commitment to providing innovative offshore access solutions. As Ampelmann continues to expand and improve its technology, it will undoubtedly become a leader in offshore access solutions.





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