Pioneering Spirit Returns to Black Sea for Round Two of the TurkStream Pipeline Installation

The record-breaking Pioneering Spirit has returned to Black Sea to resume pipe-laying of the second string of pipe for the TurkStream offshore gas pipeline project between Russia and Turkey. After entering the Black Sea on June 20, Pioneering Spirit completed preparing for Line 2 work which has included lowing the "stinger" and re-testing pipelay equipment on board. The … [Read more...]

Pioneering Spirit Picks Up and Installs the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform in a Single Lift -PHOTOS

The 22,000-tonne topside for the drilling platform was lifted into position in one single lift on the Johan Sverdrup field over the weekend using the engineering marvel Pioneering Spirit. The installation marks the first time the record-setting heavy lift vessel has been used for single-lift topside installation. Last Thursday, May 31, the topside for the Johan … [Read more...]

Allseas Planning Bigger, More Powerful Version of Record-Setting Pioneering Spirit -Report

Swiss offshore engineering company Allseas is said to be planning a bigger version of its famous Pioneering Spirit, the giant offshore installation and platform decommissioning vessel that has set all sorts of records in terms of size and lifting capacity since its delivery in 2016. According to a report from Reuters, Allseas CEO Edward Heerema revealed to reporters that the … [Read more...]

Pioneering Spirit Sets World Lifting Record

The giant offshore installation and commissioning vessel Pioneering Spirit has set the new world lifting record with the successful removal of Shell's 24,000 tonne Brent Delta platform in the North Sea in a single lift. Pioneering Spirit's owner Allseas confirmed the safe and successful completion of the topsides removal operation on April 28. Located … [Read more...]

Allseas Wins Nord Stream 2 Pipelay Contract in Baltic Sea

The operator of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea has signed an offshore pipelaying contract with Swiss-based Allseas. Allseas will undertake the offshore pipelay work for both lines in 2018 and 2019 using three pipelaying vessels, including the new Pioneering Spirit, the Solitaire and the Audacia. The contract follows the letter of … [Read more...]