Pioneering Spirit (formerly: Pieter Schelte), AllseasMichel Jansen
Allseas is currently finalizing their ‘multi purpose vessel’ the Pioneering Spirit in Korea. Once complete, the Pioneering Spirit will be 382 meters long and 124 meters wide (!). It is a so-called dynamically positioned (DP) vessel that can be used for the installation, but also for the removal of complete offshore platforms (topsides lift capacity 48,000 tonnes!) In addition, the Pioneering Spirit also has a ‘stinger’. As a result, it can also be used as pipe laying ship. Moreover; the Pioneering Spirit will have a capacity that will be twice as large as that of their own Solitair, which is currently the largest in the world. The delivery of the Pioneering Spirit is expected to take place in the second half of 2014. And in early 2015 it must be ready to be deployed offshore.
As said; the vessel is mainly built in Korea. Allseas builds the 16 Lift Control Assemblies in-house at their yard in Heusden (NB). These Lift Assemblies are placed on the Pioneering Spirit at a later date. The Lift Assemblies are necessary for “grasping” the construction, which needs to be installed or lifted. These are high pressure hydraulic units packed with control panels, cabling, instruments, etc.
Several of our specialist Vageri employees are currently assisting Allseas with the management and supervision of this project.