Statoil contracts world’s largest ship

Oslo: Pioneering Spirit, which lays claim to being the largest ship afloat, has inked a deal with Statoil for work at Norway’s up and coming oilfield , Johan Sverdrup. The deal is subject to the Norwegian parliament’s approval according to Statoil.

The heavylift vessel will install topsides for the drilling, processing and living quarter platforms.

Installation for the drilling platform topsides is scheduled for 2018, and the topsides for the process platform and residential platform are scheduled a year later.

The decks will be assembled onshore and transported offshore and lifted into place.

The vessel has a lifting capacity of 48,000 tons. The heaviest lift will be carried out during installation of the processing platform topside that weighs around 26,000 tons.

Allseas Group is the owner of the Pioneering Spirit. The Dutch firm was forced to rename the ship after a storm broke out when it was initially named after Allseas’ owner’s father, who was with the Waffen-SS during the Second World War.

Pioneering Spirit is currently working for Shell, servicing its Brent platforms on the UK continental shelf.


Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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