Allseas News

03 Jun 2020

Allseas to Cut Crew Headcount 'By a Few Hundred'

Allseas' Pioneering Spirit vessel removing the Valhall QP 3,800 t QP topsides in June 2019  - Image Credit: Allseas

Offshore installation, construction, and decommissioning company Allseas is planning workforce cuts due to a bleak outlook for offshore projects in the wake of low oil prices and COVID-19 pandemic.In a statement sent to Offshore Engineer, Allseas said the market situation has caused current and future projects to be deferred or canceled and has thus forced the company to reduced its workforce by "a few hundred.""[The market situation] forces us to implement essential short-term…

26 May 2020

VIDEO: First Drone Delivery for World's Biggest Offshore Vessel

Drone delivering a package to the Pioneering Spirit vessel - Credit: Port of Rotterdam,

Allseas' giant Pioneering Spirit offshore construction and decommissioning vessel last week provided a stage for what is believed to be the Netherlands’ first drone to vessel delivery.Mobilizing in Rotterdam’s Alexiahaven for upcoming platform removal projects, the 382 meters long, 124 meters wide vessel last week received a special aerial package containing spare parts.The drone delivery was a test, set up by Dutch Drone Delta (a consortium promoting the use of drones), the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Allseas.

18 May 2020

Russian Pipe-laying Vessel Moors at Nord Stream 2 Hub in Germany

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A Russian pipe-laying vessel Academic Cherskiy which Moscow can use to finish laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas project, has moored near the German logistics hub in Mukran, Refinitiv Eikon tracking data showed on Monday.Led by the state gas company Gazprom, Nord Stream 2 had to suspend pipelaying works late last year, hit by fresh U.S. sanctions. The project is aimed at doubling existing undersea flows to Germany to 110 billion cubic meters per year.Cherskiy, bought by Gazprom in 2016, has sailed from the Russian Pacific port of Nakhodka where it was docked in December when the U.S.

29 May 2020

Allseas' Pioneering Spirit Vessel to Remove Valhall Platforms

Pioneering Spirit safely removed the 3,800 t QP topsides in June 2019 and will return to remove the DP and PCP platforms and connecting bridges - Image Credit: Allseas

Offshore installation and decommissioning firm Allseas has won a contract to remove three complete offshore platforms and two jackets in Norway for Aker BP.The company said on Wednesday that Aker BP had awarded it a deal for the removal and disposal of multiple topsides and jackets from the Valhall area in the Norwegian North Sea. Allseas will use its flagship Pioneering Spirit heavy lift vessel for the job.Work comprises removal and disposal of the Drilling Platform (DP) 5,950 t topsides and 4…

27 Mar 2020

Valaris to Lose $620,000 a Day Rig Deal with Total after BOP Drop off Angola

Valaris DS-8 (formerly known as Ensco DS-8) - Credit: Harvey Wilson - MarineTraffic

Valaris, the world's largest offshore drilling company by fleet size, is set to lose one of the most lucrative contracts in the offshore drilling industry today after it recently accidentally dropped a blowout preventer stack to seabed offshore Angola.The contract, at a day rate of $620,000 per day, is with the French oil major Total for the drillship Valaris DS-8. The Samsung GF12000 designed drilling rig has been drilling for Total since 2015.As previously reported, Valaris earlier in March said it had accidentally dropped Blowout Preventer Stack to the seafloor of Angola…

02 Mar 2020

Drillship to Be Converted for Subsea Mining

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Swiss-based offshore contractor Allseas said it has acquired an ultra-deepwater drillship for conversion to a polymetallic nodule collection vessel.In partnership with deep sea mining company DeepGreen Metals Inc., Allseas is developing a deep-sea mineral collection system to recover polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor and transfer them to the surface for transportation to shore. The nodules contain high grades of nickel, manganese, copper and cobalt—key metals required…

18 Feb 2020

Allseas: No Plans to Resume Nord Stream 2 Work

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Swiss-Dutch company Allseas Group said it has no plans to resume laying pipes for Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Monday.Russia said it has its own vessel to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany after Washington placed sanctions on the project.(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, editing by Louise Heavens)

18 Feb 2020

Allseas Suspends Nord Stream 2 Work

(File photo: Allseas)

Swiss-Dutch company Allseas said last week it had suspended its pipe-laying activities in the Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a defense policy bill."In anticipation of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Allseas has suspended its Nord Stream 2 pipelay activities," the company said in a statement dated Dec.

05 Sep 2019

WFS Subsea System for Allseas

Image: WFS Technologies

Allseas Group, the offshore pipeline installation contractor, has chosen WFS Technologies’ new Seatooth Pipelogger for the real time measurement of process temperature on a subsea pipeline system which they have installed recently.WFS, the player in subsea wireless automation, Subsea Internet of Things (SIoT) and Subsea Cloud Computing Networks (SCCNs) said that the pipeline system is designed to have a total gas throughput capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters per year.WFS Technologies’ Pipelogger is a real-time…

25 Jun 2019

Brent Bravo Arrives at Able Seaton Port

Image: Able UK

The giant 25,000-metric-ton Brent Bravo oil platform topsides arrived at Able Seaton Port in preparation for its dismantling and recycling, said Peter Stephenson, founder and Executive Chairman of Able UK.The Brent Bravo, which stands 410 feet tall and 230 feet wide, is the second platform from the Shell Brent field to be decommissioned at Able Seaton Port—the first, the Brent Delta, arrived in May 2017. Both were transported from northeast of Shetland by the Allseas vessel Pioneering Spirit…

19 Jun 2019

Wärtsilä's FW System Yields One TPD Fuel Savings

The Wärtsilä HiTE  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully installed its Serck Como Horizontal Tube Evaporator (HiTE) fresh water production system onboard the pipe-laying vessel, ‘Lorelay’, owned by offshore contractor Allseas. This is the first commercial installation of this Wärtsilä innovation. The retrofit project produces clean water for technical applications and human consumption, and has led to fuel savings of as much as one ton per day.The unique aspect of the Wärtsilä HiTE is that it is a multi-stage evaporator specifically designed for small to medium capacities of 30 to 150 tons per day.

02 May 2019

Solitaire on Nord Stream 2 Job in Russia

Solitaire. Image: Allseas

Allseas-owned pipelay vessel Solitaire has started laying the first line of the Nord Stream 2 twin gas pipeline in Russian waters.Solitaire will spend about a month constructing one of the two  approximately 100-kilometres-long sections in the Russian territorial sea.Solitaire, operated by Allseas, is a 300-metres-long and 41-metres-wide dynamically positioned vessel that will lay pipes around the clock seven days a week. It accommodates up to 420 people on board.A vessel that is positioned using thrusters instead of anchors helps to minimise the impact on the environment and marine traffic…

15 Apr 2019

1000 Km of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Laid

Image: Nord Stream 2

1000 km of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has now been laid in the Baltic Sea in Finnish, Swedish and German waters.Two Allseas pipelay vessels - Pioneering Spirit and Solitaire - are currently installing the pipeline in Swedish waters.Some twenty vessels are currently being engaged in the project in the Baltic Sea, with nearly 1,300 people working on board the pipelay, pipe supply and survey vessels.Another milestone was also reached last week, when the project’s coating and logistics contractor Wasco completed concrete weight coating of its share of the steel pipes in its plant in Kotka…

19 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Gets a Scrub Down

Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Hull Cleaner)

The world's largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit, received a robotic hull cleaning during a recent port call in Rotterdam.The Allseas owned multipurpose vessel, which is on a temporary break from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities, made a stop in Rotterdam to prepare for upcoming topsides lift works at the giant Johan Sverdrup project offshore Norway. While in port, a robotic Fleet Cleaner vehicle cleaned the 382-meter-long vessel's hull despite stormy weather, cold temperatures and wind force 7 Bft.

18 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Arrives Rotterdam

Photo courtesy: Waldo de Waal, Kotug Smit Towage

Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the largest construction vessel in the world, has arrived in the port of Rotterdam to prepare itself for upcoming topsides lift works.The preparations included the removal of the pipelaying stinger. When Pioneering Spirit is required for topsides lift work, the pipelaying stinger will be removed from the bow section of the vessel and stored on the purpose-built barge, Bumblebee.Kotug Smit Towage provided various towage services for the removal of the stinger.

06 Mar 2019

Pioneering Spirit Shifts to the North Sea

Pioneering Spirit transports the drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development (Photo: Allseas)

The world's largest heavy lift and pipelay vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will take a temporary pause from Nord Stream 2 pipelaying activities in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone to perform planned platform lift work in the North Sea.The Allseas-owned vessel, which in 2018 installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup development on the Norwegian continental shelf, will now return to the field to install the 26,000 t processing platform topsides and the 18,000 t living quarters platform topsides.

27 Nov 2018

Solstad Offshore Wins PSV Contract from Allseas

(L-R) Normand Naley, Sea Supra. Photo:  Solstad Offshore ASA

Swiss-based offshore contractor has hired two platform supply vessels (PSVs) from Norwegian offshore shipping company Solstad Offshore.Norwegian offshore service and supply ship shipping company said in a press release that Allseas contracts are for two PSVs, “Normand Naley” (2011, VS 485) and “Sea Supra” (2014, PX105), for pipe-haul duties.Both contracts are for 70 days firm plus options with commencement first half of December 2018, said the release.Solstad have a modern and competitive fleet consisting of 141 vessels.

19 Nov 2018

TurkStream Gas Conduit Offshore Section Complete

Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

The pipe-laying vessel  Pioneering Spirit pipelaying vessel completed the construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream gas pipeline in the Black Sea. The TurkStream pipeline will carry Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey.The command to weld the final joint of the gas pipeline’s second string was given by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey.“Construction of TurkStream – a new gas pipeline connecting Russia and Turkey via the Black Sea – is entering its final stage.

09 Aug 2018

Trelleborg's Safepilot for Shell's Brent Data Decommissioning Project

Photo: Trelleborg

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation helped to pilot Allseas’ 200 meter-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.The Shell-operated Brent field, is located 115 miles east of the Shetland Islands, in 140 meters water depth, and has been in production since 1976. As part of Shell’s complex Brent Decommissioning Project, the Brent Delta topside, was lifted from the concrete legs of the Gravity Base Structure using innovative single lift technology.

22 May 2018

Grainger Named IMCA President and Chairman

Iain Grainger (Photo: IMCA)

Trade association International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced that Iain Grainger is its new President and Chairman of the Board. Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott, takes over from Harke Jan Meek.Pieter Heerema from Allseas becomes the new Vice President.

24 Jul 2018

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Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Eric Haun)

Great moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringThe world's largest construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, commenced offshore operations in August 2016. The 382m-long and 124m-wide ship  was built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea and is used for installation, decommissioning and pipelay activities. In February this year, owner Allseas announced it plans to build an even larger vessel, Amazing Grace, to be commissioned in 2022.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News…

19 Oct 2018

BigLift Barentsz Sails Northern Searoute for Pioneering Spirit

Pic: Port of Rotterdam

Dutch flag Heavy Transport Vessel BigLift Barentsz arrived in Port of Rotterdam from China by way of the Northern Searoute.The vessel is specially designed and built for polar waters. The route, when open, considerably reduces the distance between China and Europe compared to sailing round Asia and through the Suez Canal.BigLift Barentsz carried parts of the new 5,000 t crane for Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit. The parts had been loaded at the Huisman terminal at Zhangzhou, China…

04 Jun 2018

Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform Installed

Photo: Espen Rønnevik / Roar Lindefjeld

The 22,000-tonne topside for the drilling platform was lifted into position in one single lift on the Johan Sverdrup field last weekend. Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partners are the first users in the world of this ground-breaking technology.On Thursday, May 31, the topside for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform sailed from the Aibel yard in Haugesund to Bømlafjorden at Stord.Here the 22,000-tonne steel structure was transferred from the barge to Pioneering Spirit, the world’s biggest heavy-lift vessel.

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