Allseas renames Pieter Schelte to Pioneering Spirit

Offshore staff

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands – Allseas has announced the renaming of the Pieter Schelte to Pioneering Spirit.

In making the change, Allseas said the new name reflects the vessel's technological step forward in platform installation and decommissioning.

In addition to installing oil platforms and laying pipelines, it is equipped with a “topsides lift system” (TLS) that has a capacity of up to 48,000 tons while its “jacket lift system” (JLS) can remove and install steel platform substructures weighing up to 25,000 tons in one piece.

The vessel will be used by Shell for the decommissioning of the Brent field platforms in the UK North Sea. The Pioneering Spirit, will also be used to remove the Talisman-operated troubled Yme platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

There had been pressure from UK unions and Jewish groups regarding the original name. Pieter Schelte Heerema was an officer in the Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS troops.


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