Offshore Heavy Lifting

The big boys gets around, doing heavy lifting in both the Offshore Oil & Gas Fields and on OWF worldwide:

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The rules used to be that for lifting Super-heavy lifts (>5000 m.t) the slings were always new. Now it appears that there are ways around that:

In late 1980s I acted as Towmaster for Micoperi SpA ,working with the SSCV M 7000 (now S 7000) on the Veslefrikk and Gyda projects.

When they got ready to declare bankruptcy in 1989 they stopped paying their bills.
I had quite a lot of outstanding invoices but got only promises, no payment.

But before they could do so they had to complete the last lift on the Gyda project.
I knew that the slings to be used for that lift had already been installed, but the lift was still at the yard in Stavanger.

I asked my Lawyer to send a fax to Micoperi to advise them that we would take arrest in the slings unless payment was received in 7 (Seven) days.
I got a call from a VP in Micoperi begging me not to do so as they had already cut a cheque for the amount.
He even suggested that he could send a copy of the cheque to show me.
My reply; “Don’t bother with the copy. When the money is in my bank I’ll stop the action”.
Months later I got a letter from the bankruptcy trustee asking if I had any outstanding claims and informing me that unsecured claims would be paid at 10 cents per $ outstanding.
PS> I had been paid in full, so no more claims.

She is still around and impressive:

Saipem 7000 under assistance of 4 Fairplay-tugs arriving at the Nieuwe Waterweg at end of Rozenburg-Landtong opposite Hoek van Holland. Enroute to Damen-Verolme Shiprepair at Rotterdam-Botlek. Photo Arie van Oudheusden ©

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In just a few days the first new TYRA II topsides will arrive for installation, and the world’s largest crane vessel SLEIPNIR is back in the Tyra Field and is getting ready for action. SLEIPNIR will lift the three topsides off the vessel and onto the jackets – a movement that requires enormous precision:

Meanwhile, the team onboard SLEIPNIR making the final checks and preparing for installation:

The BIGROLL BEAUFORT arriving from Singapore-Sembawang at the Southern Northsea with the Tyra Topsides

Photo : Flying Focus Aerial Photography ©

“Sleipnir”, world’s largest semisubmersible crane vessel removed Shell’s 10100 tons Brent Alpha jacket. August 2020:

Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors

Christmas is coming:

Heerema’s SLEIPNIR loading windfarm parts at Rotterdam Caland canal for installation offshore.
Photo: Suzanne Neuman ©

Inshore lifting:

During these offshore trials, the Delta600 lifted a test weight to and from the floating supply vessel REM TRADER, using Van Oord’s jack-up crane vessel AEOLUS in both jacked and floating conditions:


PS> This technology will be especially useful for US operation, where it will be necessary to transfer heavy items from transport vessels/barges to WTIV offshore due to JA restrictions on foreign WTIV carrying turbines etc. from shore bases on their own deck.

Inshore heavy lifting by a very different method:

Hapobarge H 331 loaded with old bridge over river Lek at Vianen and will be scrapped. She was last weekend lifted off by Mammoet.
Photo: Arie Boer ©

Russian crane vessel OCEANIC in Waalhaven, Rotterdam
Photo: Willem Holtkamp ©

SSCV Balder with jib installed on one crane:

The BALDER anchored off Curacao Photo : Kees Schotel ©

Inshore heavy lifting:

Captain’s view during a breakbulk operation on a A.P. Moller - Maersk container vessel

SSCV Sleipnir in Haugesund:

Photo: Øyvind Sætre / Aibel

More inshore lifting:

Danish flagged sheerlegs HEBO-LIFT 9, towing assistance in front being provided by CATHARINA 5, both vessels operated by Dutch HEBO Maritiemservice B.V., passing Puttershoek on river Oude Maas, bound for Eerste Merwedehaven, Dordrecht.
Photo: Nico Giltay ©

“Go fetch me a shackle”:
Walking around in one of the Safe Lifting Europe yards and seeing some big shackles returning from a rental job, ranging between 800mt and 1550mt these shackles are made for some serious lifting.

Heerema and McDermott to cooperating again:

For those who didn’t know, or don’t remember:

From Heerema’s Histrory:

Combined lifting capacity of >48000 m.t. in one picture:

The SAIPEM 7000 inbound for Damen Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam Botlek passing two other giants the SLEIPNIR and THIALF
Photo: Joop Terpstra (c)

Heerema Marine Contractors have welcomed TotalEnergies’ Tyra West modules onboard SLEIPNIR ! After the team onboard finishes preparing for the upcoming season they will be setting sail for project location for the next phase of the Tyra Redevelopment Project

Great job! Allseas’ role in the second development phase for the Johan Sverdrup field is complete, concluding three years of planning and preparation with Equinor and partners. PIONEERING SPIRIT successfully installed the 95-m bridge connecting the newly installed P2 process platform to the neighbouring riser platform on Monday. It follows the safe single-lift installation of the 25,000 tonne P2 topsides last week.

Back in Massvlakte, Rotterdam, where testing phase ongoing on Pioneering Spirt’s JLS!

Remazel supply included also the complete package of trunnions, derrick hoists blocks and grillages now installed on 170m long beams. These trunnions have a lifting capacity of 6000ton each and will support the system to lift jackets weighing up to 20,000 tonnes.The derrick hoist blocks, instead, accommodates all the reeving sheaves in order to allow the recovery of the beams after the lifting of the jacket.

The PIONEERING SPIRIT testing equipment at Rotterdam Maasvlakte
Photo Flying Focus Aerial Photography ©