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Ampelmann has secured two contracts with vessel owner L.A.T.C Marine Limited, on behalf of ExxonMobil, for the supply of two L-type gangway systems, located offshore Nigeria

In a boost for the company's West Africa ambitions, the integrated solution was approved for operations after successful sea trials of the L-type gangway system. Vessel owner L.A.T.C Marine has installed the personnel transfer system on its Damen FCS-5009 Fast Crew Supplier vessel Dijama for infield operations with ExxonMobil. The L-type is designed for small, crew change vessels and allows a continuous flow of up to 50 personnel every five minutes.

Gbolahan Shaba, CEO, L.A.T.C. Marine, said: “We are proud to have partnered with Damen and Ampelmann in delivering one of the most innovative solutions for the Nigerian upstream industry in recent years. Today, the gangway is fast becoming the company’s preferred mode of personnel transfer and we look forward to delivering additional units to them before the end of 2018.”

An updated version of the L-type is being fabricated at Ampelmann’s dedicated production facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This is for installation onboard another Damen-built FCS-5009, the Chilosco, to support further maintenance operations offshore Nigeria for L.A.T.C Marine. It is expected to be delivered later this year.