Advanced Tech Helps Guide Pioneering Spirit
Marine pilots relied on the latest inertial measurement technology to help guide the world’s largest construction vessel during a recent call at Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam.Measuring 372 by 124 meters, Allseas' Pioneering Spirit is the largest construction vessel in the world, designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms and the installation of record-weight pipelines.With large vessels such as this, final entrance and docking maneuvers in the close confines of port are typically controlled by a pilot. When Pioneering Spirit made its way into
Pioneering Spirit Gets a Scrub Down
The world's largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit, received a robotic hull cleaning during a recent port call in Rotterdam.The Allseas owned multipurpose vessel, which is on a temporary break from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities, made a stop in Rotterdam to prepare for upcoming topsides lift works at the giant Johan Sverdrup project offshore Norway. While in port, a robotic Fleet Cleaner vehicle cleaned the 382-meter-long vessel's hull despite stormy weather, cold temperatures and wind force 7 Bft. Although the storm increased turbulence in the water, causing almost zero underwater
Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea
The world's largest heavy lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides. This third-party engagement was already stipulated in Nord
iSURVEY Completes Nord Stream 2 Survey
Survey and positioning services provider iSURVEY said it has completed a 30-day geophysical seabed survey for offshore pipelay and subsea construction company Allseas.The project team set out to identify obstructions and hazardous seabed features over a 40-kilometer section of route survey in the German Baltic prior to forthcoming pipelay anchoring and mooring operations for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.Taking on a vessel charter, the iSURVEY team had full contract responsibility for the vessel, marine, survey, processing and reporting elements of the entire scope – a first for the group.
Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform Installed
and commissioning, describes the technology enabling single-lift installation of big platforms as a game changer for the industry.Up until now big topsides have been modular in design. No crane vessels have been able to lift more than 12,000 tonnes in one lift. The brand new lifting technology on Allseas‘ Pioneering Spirit vessel, however, allows entire topsides of up to 48,000 tonnes to be lifted in one, single lift.The technology was initially developed for the removal of scrapped platforms. Equinor is the first user of the technology for the installation of big, new topsides. This allows
Dual GyroUSBLs for Allseas' Lorelay Stinger
Offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company Allseas has ordered Sonardyne International’s GyroUSBL acoustic positioning technology for two systems for its 236 meter long lay vessel Lorelay.Used in conjunction with a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) topside which also formed part of the order, the GyroUSBL transceivers will be installed on the end of the Lorelay’s stinger to acoustically track a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) deployed to ensure a pipe is accurately touching down in the permitted corridor.USBL transceivers are routinely deployed through the hull or
Reach Subsea Charters Subsea Vessel Olympic Challenger
subsea spread to our clients, and Olympic Challenger is a vessel that fits nicely into our focus markets. An important part of our operational strategy is to co-operate with shipowners renowned for high quality performance, which we have experienced first hand with Olympic Subsea on the successful Allseas project. We look forward to continue the good cooperation with Olympic Subsea in the years to come.”
Meek Named IMCA President
of the association. Iain Grainger, vice president commercial at McDermott International Inc. becomes the new IMCA vice president. In addition, Frits Janmaat, who has been a council member of IMCA since its formation in 1995, has stepped down from the board upon his retirement from Allseas. Accordingly, Pieter Heerema, vice president of projects at Allseas has joined the board.
DNV GL Wins Johan Sverdrup Verification Deal
Johan Sverdrup is by far the largest ongoing project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for the next few years. Statoil has awarded contracts to DNV GL for verification of all 4 topsides, the 3 bridges, 3 of 4 jackets, topside installation by use of the Allseas single lift vessel ‘Pioneering Spirit and extended site assessment for the jack-up. Third party verification gives the operator and the authorities confidence that the project development has the required safety and quality level. “The contract demonstrates that our investment in technology, service development and
Rolls-Royce Sells 100th LARS
and Recovery Systems deploying and retrieving a range of ROVs safely, precisely and reliably in a wide range of operating environments worldwide.” Rolls-Royce Launch and Recovery Systems are also used by Farstad, Olympic, REM, Havila, k-Line, Ocean Installer, Eidesvik, GC Rieber, Allseas, COOEC and TechDOF.
JIP Seeks Codes for Cable and Pipe Laying Equipment
across the supply chain. The JIP will deliver a decision tool that can be used by all stakeholders during the specification, design, manufacture, procurement and approval of any equipment intended for use in offshore cable/pipe laying and recovery.” Phase 1 participants include: Allseas Engineering; Amclyde Norson Engineering; Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd; IHC Engineering Business; IHC SAS BV; MAATS Tech Ltd; NLI Offshore & Marine Products AS; Parkburn Precision Handling Systems Ltd; Reel SAS (IMECA); Saipem Group; Subsea 7 and Technip UK Ltd