Allseas eyes ship larger than current record breaker Pioneering Spirit

Allseas, the Swiss offshore firm, is planning to order a ship even larger than the record-breaking Pioneering Spirit, which with dimensions of 382 m by 124 m is currently the world’s largest construction vessel and in terms of gross tonnage – clocking in at 403,342 gt – can claim to be the largest ship afloat in the world today.

The new vessel, to be called Amazing Grace and likely costing in the region of $3bn, is designed to remove the heaviest platforms in a single lift and could reduce decommissioning costs for global oil and gas producers, Allseas claim.

An investment decision on the Amazing Grace would be made within the next three years.

The Pioneering Spirit was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and took six years to deliver from contract signing in 2010.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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