Pioneering Spirit set for offshore trials

Offshore staff

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands – Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit has departed Rotterdam and is headed to the southern North Sea to perform offshore trials.

Throughout August the trials will include a series of test platform topsides installation and removal exercises under varying weather conditions.

The single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel has been moored in Rotterdam’s Alexiahaven since January 2015 for installation, commissioning, and testing of the topsides lift system.

After the successful completion of offshore trials, the Pioneering Spirit is expected to sail north to the Yme field offshore Norway to remove the 13,500-ton Yme mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) for Repsol.

Following removal of the Yme platform, the vessel will return to Rotterdam where the remaining four topsides lifting beams will be installed for the Shell Brent Delta topsides removal, scheduled for the summer of 2017.


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Pioneering Spirit departing Rotterdam
Pioneering Spirit departing Rotterdam. (Photo courtesy Allseas)

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