Photo: Allseas’ Pieter Schelte finally in The Netherlands

Allseas’ Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest platform installation & decommissioning and pipelaying vessel, has reached The Netherlands following a long trip from South Korea’s Daewoo Heavy Industries’ yard.

The vessel in now sailing through the Maasvlakte harbour, on its way to Rotterdam, where Allseas have rented a deepwater site where the ship will be moored and where the topsides lift system beams will be installed on the bows of the ship during the first months of 2015. A special pit needed to be dredged there for the Pieter Schelte.

Construction of what is described as the world’s largest ship started in South Korea back in 2011. The completed vessel left the shipyard in November 2014.

The 382 m long and 124 m wide multi-purpose vessel, owned by the Swiss-based company Allseas, will be used for both lifting and installation of oil platforms and jackets. The vessel is also able to lay pipelines. The massive heavy lifter will be able to lift topsides weighing up to a maximum of 48,000 tonnes. Positioned at the bow of the vessel is a slot, 122 m long and 59 m wide, where topsides are lifted using eight sets of horizontal lifting beams.
RTV Rijnmond, a public broadcast organization for the Rijnmond region of the Netherlands, has launched a video of the giant vessel’s arrival.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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