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Sif signs MOU to equip Skybox with GUS system from Pict Offshore

SifSif has signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pict Offshore to integrate their Get Up Safe (GUS) system, as standard, into Sif’s Skybox TP-less monopile foundation.

The GUS system is a heave compensated personnel lifting solution that transforms the way in which maintenance technicians access offshore wind turbines from Crew Transfer Vessels. The GUS system has replaced landing structures at Orsted’s Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm and will now become the standard method of access for Sif’s Skybox foundations.

The agreement combines Pict’s next-generation access technology with Sif’s next-generation TP-less foundation. As the Skybox can be installed in one lift with no welded brackets on the monopile, it keep costs and maintenance low and increases driveability and overall efficiency. The GUS system removes the need for landing structures on the side of the foundation, further streamlining costs while enhancing safety and year-round accessibility. Together, they promise to bring further significant cost, efficiency and safety benefits to offshore wind.

The first deployment of the Skybox including the GUS system will be in the second half of this year when the second demonstrator Skybox Full will be built. The Skybox Lite demonstrator that went offshore in 2021 now serves as a ‘mule’ for an intense onshore testing and measurement campaign that will be executed over the summer this year. Incorporating all lessons learned from this campaign, the Skybox Full demonstrator will be built after summer for offshore deployment in 2023. The project is being executed in line with its original planning, both Technology Readiness Level as well as DNV certification are on track for serial deployment in 2024.