Pioneering Spirit arrives in Rotterdam in January 2015.  Photo: KOTUG International B.V.

WATCH: Awesome Drone Video of Pioneering Spirit in Rotterdam

At 382 meters long by 123.75 meters wide, Allseas’ twin-hulled installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit (ex-Pieter Schelte) is one of the largest vessels ever constructed. Here’s a unique look at the ship in Rotterdam from the folks over at Drone Addicts:

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