People transfer


Safe and efficient people transfer

The A-type is the offshore access system for performing safe personnel transfers in sea states up to 3m Hs. Because of its full motion compensation, there is no movement in the gangway during operation, resulting in the safest and most comfortable way of people transfer. The A-type can transfer 20 people in under five minutes from a vessel to a fixed or floating object.

Compensation: 3.0m Hs

Gangway length: 20m or 25m

Footprint: 6.3 x 7.2m

Weight: 39mt

About the A-type

The A-type is a fully motion compensated gangway system designed to transfer 20 personnel safely and efficiently in under five minutes from vessels to offshore structures. With the longest track record in the Ampelmann fleet, the A-type has enabled hundreds of projects worldwide. 

Base configuration


Lloyd's certified. Sea fastening: DNV approved


(E)HPU (20 ft) and tool container (20 ft)

Vessel requirements

Larger than 55m

A-hoist add-on

Ampelmann launched the A-hoist add-on in order to further improve the functionalities of its existing A-type fleet. The A-type can transfer personnel to and from an offshore platform in high sea states and operates according to the highest safety standards in the industry. With the A-hoist, clients can now also lift up to 300kg.

The add-on uses technology comparable to that in the E1000 systems, which have a stellar track record in cargo lifting operations offshore.

Ampelmann sells winterised A-type gangway system

Ampelmann has secured a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander, member of the Royal Wagenborg Group, for the sale of a winterised A-type, a new motion compensated gangway system that combines the features of the original A-type with the ability to operate in extreme cold weather. The system will be installed on the first shallow draft ice-breaking Walk to Work (W2W) vessel that the shipyard is currently developing. 

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