Pieter Schelte News

31 Mar 2015

World's Largest Ship: Pioneering Spirit Awaits Completion

Photo: Eric Haun

Final construction aboard the world’s largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit (formerly named Pieter Schelte), is wrapping up in the Port of Rotterdam before the vessel can be commissioned off Norway this summer. Built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea, Allseas’ installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit was inaugurated with a ceremony in Rotterdam in February 2015. The 382m-long and 124m-wide Pioneering Spirit is the world’s largest vessel in terms of gross tonnage (403…

23 Mar 2015

Kongsberg Technology for Pioneering Spirit

Photo courtesy of Allseas

Following its inauguration ceremony in Rotterdam on February 27, 2015, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit will start its first job offshore Norway this summer with an integrated Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manoeuvring system based on state-of-the art Kongsberg Maritime technology. The Kongsberg Maritime delivery includes forward and aft bridge systems in addition to an extensive automation network and the HiPAP subsea position reference system. Eight years in the making, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit single-lift vessel is the largest construction vessel in the world.

26 Jan 2015

World's Largest Ship Sparks Outrage

Pieter Schelte (Pic: Allseas Group)

Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world's biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. The Pieter Schelte, which is so big it can lift oil rigs out of the water, is docked in Rotterdam after being constructed at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea. A statement from Jonathan Arkush, the vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews…

12 Jan 2015

Great Ships of 2014: Allseas’ Pieter Schelte

Pieter Schelte at Daewoo shipyard

In a word, Pieter Schelte is BIG. Founded in 1985, Swiss-based Allseas Group S.A. is specialized in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction. The company employs more than 2,500 people worldwide and operates a fleet of specialized, in-house designed and developed pipelay and support vessels. The company is known for its daring and imagination in ship design and technological innovation. The newest Allseas vessel, Pieter Schelte, is a huge ship, composed of two super-tanker hulls connected by a wide central work platform or slot, much like a catamaran.

09 Jan 2015

World's Largest Crane Ship Arrives in Rotterdam

Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world with a length of more than three football fields, arrives at the port of Rotterdam for the last works before it is operational. Pieter Schelte Heerema, one of the largest ships in the world, which is capable of lifting oil platforms weighing almost five times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, arrived Thursday in Rotterdam for the last work before it goes into service. The nearly 400-metre (440-yard) long crane ship arrived in Europe's largest port from South Korea where it was built at DSME’s Okpo shipyard, ahead of starting work lifting rigs and laying pipelines this summer. The vessel is 124m (407ft) wide and 382m (1,253ft) long – as long as the Empire State Building is high.

23 Dec 2014

Great Ships of 2014 Named

-  CSCL Globe, the world’s largest containership at 1312 ft. long, 187,541 gross tons and able to carry 19,000 TEU. -  Pieter Schelte, the biggest ship ever which cost about $3.1 billion and measures 1253 ft. long by 407 ft. wide and built by Daewoo Shipbuilding in Korea for the decommissioning of offshore rigs. -  Harvey Energy, an LNG-fuelled Offshore Service Vessel pioneer built in the United States.

16 Dec 2014

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Chosen for Pieter Schelte

Allseas Group, owners of the world’s largest construction vessel Pieter Schelte have commissioned Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 acoustic positioning technology (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system has been selected by the Swiss-based Allseas Group for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte. Built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in South Korea, at 382 meters long and 124 meters wide, Pieter Schelte is almost as long as the Empire State Building and as wide as London’s Big Ben is tall. When complete early next year, the vessel will be able to lift loads of 48…

18 Nov 2014

Specially Designed Lifeboats for Pieter Schelte

Pieter Schelte (Photo: Norsafe)

The Norsafe JYN100 is a conventional Totally Enclosed Lifeboat (TELB) which is designed and built in accordance with the latest NORSOK R-002 standards, with a capacity of 106 persons. The advanced hydraulic davit systems are specially designed for platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pieter Schelte. “This confirms Norsafe’s versatility and ability to supply life saving appliances (LSA) to all of the World’s most advanced vessels and offshore installations”, said SVP Sales and Marketing Kjell Soerensen in Norsafe Group.

05 Nov 2014

SpeedCast Delivers Custom Solution to Allseas

Pieter Schelte (Image: Allseas)

Satellite telecommunications service provider SpeedCast International Limited has been awarded a satellite service contract by Allseas Group S.A., an offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company. The contract covers Allseas’ flagship vessel, the Pieter Schelte, one the world’s largest ships, which took to the seas for the first time for sea trials in September. The satellite service provides broadband connectivity for mission-critical communications between the vessel and the land-based operations.

02 Sep 2014

Chloropac Anti-Fouling Selected for Largest Decommissioning Vessel

Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest decommissioning and pipe laying vessel

Allseas Group S.A., a global offshore pipe installation and subsea construction company, has selected Evoqua Water Technologies’ Chloropac electrochlorination system to protect onboard cooling water for Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest decommissioning and pipe laying vessel. The Chloropac system will protect the 382-meter long, 124-meter wide vessel’s onboard piping and equipment from marine fouling, which occurs when sea water is used in onboard processes such as a ship’s cooling systems and air conditioning.

21 Jul 2014

Giant Vessel to Change Offshore Decommissioning Game: Analyst

'Pieter Schelte': Image courtesy of Allseas

The new Allseas vessel, 'Pieter Schelte', is able to replace the previous slower method of removing topsides piece by piece with one lift, meaning a decommissioning job could be done in a fraction of the time, say analysts Douglas-Westwood in their latest 'DW Monday' report. With Pieter Schelte, the figures alone are impressive. 382m long, 124m wide and with a slot width of 59m it can remove topsides up to 48,000 tonnes in a single lift, potentially revolutionizing large decommissioning projects.

16 Jul 2014

World's Largest Vessel to be Assembled in Rotterdam Port

Pieter Schelte: Rendering courtesy of Allseas

‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014, informs the Port of Rotterdam. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The vessel is intended for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in a single lift. At the bow of the vessel is a slot, where topsides are lifted.

12 Jul 2014

‘Pieter Schelte’ chooses Rotterdam

Pieter Schelte

‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The length, in combination with the massive width, makes this vessel unique. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is intended for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in a single lift.

22 May 2013

Colfax to Supply Pumps for Massive Heavy-lifting Ship

Nearly 100 Allweiler pumps of the SNF series will pump hydraulic oil in a shipborne system capable of lifting up to 48,000 tons for the purpose of decommissioning offshore platforms. (Image: Allweiler GmbH)

Colfax Fluid Handling, a business of Colfax Corporation, was awarded a contract as the exclusive supplier of hydraulic pumps for a ship capable of lifting the topside structures from offshore platforms. With a lifting capacity of up to 48,000 tons, the ship will remove topsides in one piece and transport them to land for deconstruction. The screw pumps are valued at €600,000 and are specially designed to deliver the high pumping capacity needed for the project. The catamaran Pieter…

04 Dec 2012

New Allseas Positioning Contract for Veripos

Allseas, a  leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction, has awarded Veripos a further three-year contract for continuing provision of specialist  GNSS positioning services for its entire fleet of vessels headed by the world's largest pipelaying vessel, the 300m Solitaire. Other vessels concerned include companion DP pipelayers Audacia and Lorelay in addition to the DP trenching support and subsea installation vessel, Calamity Jane, the anchored pipelay barge, Tog Mor, and the ROSVs Highland Fortress, Highland Navigator and Highland Rover. Allseas expect to add to its fleet during the course of the contract what will be the world’s largest construction support vessel…

16 Oct 2012

IT Network for World's Largest Offshore Construction Vessel

SAM Electronics of Hamburg, an L-3 company, has been awarded a major contract for supply and installation of a comprehensive IT network and associated equipment aboard Pieter Schelte, the €1.3 billion dynamically-positioned platform installation-decommissioning and pipelay vessel being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea on behalf of Swiss-based Allseas Group SA. Expected to begin worldwide service in 2014, and with a length of 382m and width of 117m, Pieter Schelte will be the world’s largest vessel of its type. It will have a topside lift capacity of 48,000 tons, a jack lift capability of 25,000 tons and a pipelay tension proficiency of 2,000 tons, effectively doubling the capability of the world’s current largest pipelay vessel, Allseas’ Solitaire.

15 Jul 2012

Watermakers for Newbuild Drillships Ordered from Hatenboer-Water BV

Demitec® is the trade name of Hatenboer-Water RO type watermakers. These are heavy duty installations specially designed for 24/7 operation in maritime and offshore applications. These drillships, currently under construction, will be able to drill to a water depth of 12,000 ft (3 km) and are on order from DSME by Vantage Energy, Atwood Oceanics and two for Aker Solutions. The watermakers work on the principle of reverse osmosis (RO) and have a capacity of 50 m3 per day. Drilling at great depths demands an extremely high quality of product water. The installations can supply water with a purity of only 10 ppm TDS. To obtain such a standard, the installation is in a two-stage configuration, with two RO installations in-line.

20 Jun 2012

Rolls-Royce to Power The World’s Largest Construction Vessel

Rolls-Royce has delivered 13 large azimuth thrusters to the world’s largest construction vessel, currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea for Swiss ship owner and operator Allseas Group. The contract is worth around £18 million and is the largest ever Rolls-Royce thruster order for a single vessel. The thrusters rotate 360 degrees and propel and position the ship, which measures 382 metres in length and 117 metres in width. Named Pieter Schelte…

19 Jun 2012

Rolls-Royce Powers World's Largest Construction Vessel

Pieter Schelte

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has delivered 13 large azimuth thrusters to the world’s largest construction vessel, currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea for Swiss ship owner and operator Allseas Group. The contract is worth around £18 million and is the largest ever Rolls-Royce thruster order for a single vessel. The thrusters rotate 360 degrees and propel and position the ship, which measures 382 metres in length and 117 metres in width.

19 Jun 2012

World's Largest Constuction Vessel to be RR Powered

The vessel is being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea for Swiss ship owner and operator Allseas Group. The contract is worth around £18 million and is the largest ever Rolls-Royce thruster order for a single vessel. The thrusters rotate 360 degrees and propel and position the ship, which measures 382 metres in length and 117 metres in width. Named Pieter Schelte, the ship is due to enter into service in 2014 and will carry out installation and decommissioning of oil and gas platforms and pipeline installation projects worldwide. Kari Välimaa, Rolls-Royce, Operations Director- Finland, said: “We are delighted to deliver our largest ever thruster order to power this record-breaking vessel.

26 Mar 2008

Kongsberg Maritime Develops DP Solution for Construction Vessel

Dynamic Positioning and maneuvering solution to Pieter Schelte - Allseas' platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel that will be delivered in 2011. After the successful launch of Audacia in November 2007, Allseas is now fully committed to its next construction vessel - Pieter Schelte - which will take the pipe laying specialist into new territory by providing heavy lift and platform removal capability. With the Dutch company Imtech Marine & Offshore as contractor for the power and drive solution…

29 Jun 2007

MAN Diesel Engines to Power Mega Vessel

The Offshore Division of MAN Diesel, based in Frederikshavn, Denmark, has extended its phase of growth. The new order calls for the supply of generator sets with a combined output of almost 95 MW for what will be, dimensionally, the largest vessel in existence and will include working functions which also set world records in their specialist field. Moreover, the contract will also involve the first vee-configuration engines to be produced in MAN Diesel’s new four-stroke medium-speed engine series, the 560 kW per cylinder 32/44 CR with common-rail fuel-injection technology. This new mega-vessel has been ordered by the Swiss-based Allseas Group S.A., an offshore installation contractor, and is a twin-hull construction with main dimensions 1,181 ft. long by 383 ft. wide.

28 Jun 2007

MAN Diesel Engines to Power World’s Largest Vessel

The Offshore Division of MAN Diesel received the order for the supply of generator sets with a combined output of almost 95 MW for what will be, dimensionally, the largest vessel in existence, and will include working functions which also set world records in their specialist field. The contract will also involve the first V-configuration engines to be produced in MAN Diesel’s new four-stroke medium-speed engine series, the 560 kW per cylinder 32/44 CR with commonrail fuel-injection technology. This new mega-vessel has been ordered by the Swissbased Allseas Group S.A., an offshore installation contractor, and is a twin-hull construction with main dimensions 1181 ft. (360 m) long by 383.8 ft. (117 m) wide.

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