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EAGLE-ACCESS BV is currently working on developing and building the first EAGLE. The design is ready and its mechanical and technical details are being developed. Bureau Veritas will be used to verify everything against the applicable requirements so that it can award its approval.
The system will be manufactured exclusively in the Netherlands. This means that high quality can be guaranteed when the first system is constructed. High-quality and globally available components (where relevant) will be used for this. The manufacturing will also be performed with auditing by Bureau Veritas.
The EAGLE falls under the requirements of man-riding cranes and walk2work systems. We place strict demands on safety and availability to ensure that the system works safely. The system has a fully redundant design and is also equipped with a battery pack to ensure that the system can always be brought inboard again.
By selecting highly competent partners, conducting thorough design reviews and an extensive testing phase on land and sea, we will achieve very high availability. The system must be available immediately whenever it is needed, just like any other onboard crane. If support is required, this can be offered remotely.
The EAGLE is operated from the bridge by your own crane operator after providing additional training. The bridge offers a good overview of the operations, further supported by a screen relaying camera images from the upper arm. Communication with the DP operator is therefore very direct and there is also communication with the deck and cab via conventional means.
Users can enter the cab from the deck or from the superstructure. In addition to standard means of communication, users can rely on the now common traffic-light colours and acoustic signals that are visible and audible in the cab. Once the cab has been lifted off the ship, it is transferred with full motion compensation to the platform, to which the user can step out as soon as the light turns green. If there is cargo that needs to be transferred, the cab is uncoupled with a quick release and then the load can be latched on directly and transferred using the same procedure.
The testing of the EAGLE will take place in the last quarter of 2019.