Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit vessel passes first trial

Edward Heerema, President and CEO of Allseas, aboard the Pioneering Spirit

The twin-hulled, heavy-lift vessel that will remove a number of topside modules from the North Sea has passed its first test.

The Pioneering Spirit, owned by Allseas, has installed a 5,500 tonne test platform topside during southern North Sea trials.

The ship is slated for further installation and removal trials in varying weather conditions in the coming days.

It will then sail to the Norwegian sector of the North Sea for its first job − lifting away the 13,500 tonne Yme mobile offshore production unit for Repsol.

Shell has booked the vessel to remove its Brent Delta platform in summer 2017.

Watch the Pioneering Spirit sail away from Rotterdam here.

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