Kongsberg DP aboard Pioneering Spirit

Offshore staff

KONGSBERG, Norway - Following its inauguration ceremony in Rotterdam in February, Allseas' Pioneering Spirit will start its first job offshore Norway this summer with a Kongsberg Maritime integrated dynamic positioning (DP) and maneuvering system.

The delivery includes forward and aft bridge systems, an automation network, the high precision acoustic positioning system, and the subsea position reference system.

The Kongsberg Maritime integrated DP and maneuvering concept for Pioneering Spirit relies on a distributed and open system design, which employs a fully backed-up system-wide standardized communication network. The communication network integrates the K-POS Dynamic Positioning, K-Thrust thruster control, K-Bridge Navigation, and K-Chief machinery automation systems into a complete solution with unique positioning and maneuvering capabilities required for Pioneering Spirit’s operations.

Pioneering Spirit features two Kongsberg Navigation bridges with multi-function displays: forward and aft (in separate fire zones). The K-Bridge system uses new radar transceiver interface technology distributing radar signals from the eight radar transceivers on a local area network. This enables the possibility for long cable runs (500 m /1,640 ft), allowing for locating two radars in each corner of the vessel. The K-Bridge system can combine radar images from multiple radar transceivers and display them as a single composite picture. This eliminates blind sectors and provides a 360° view around the vessel.

Eight years in the making, Allseas says its Pioneering Spirit single-lift vessel is the largest construction vessel in the world. Kongsberg Maritime has been involved with this project from near the very start, having been selected by Allseas to provide the DP system for Pioneering Spirit (then-Pieter Schelte) in early 2008.


<i>Pioneering Spirit</i>
Photo courtesy Allseas

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