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    Pioneering Spirit departs for sea trials

    Vessel & ROV News // August 9, 2016

    Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit departed Rotterdam in The Netherlands on 6 August for sea trials.

    The record-breaking single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel had been moored in Rotterdam’s Alexiahaven since January 2015 for installation, commissioning and testing of the topsides lift system.

    Pioneering Spirit will now head to the Southern North Sea to perform offshore trials throughout August, which will include a series of test platform topsides installation and removal exercises under varying weather conditions.

    After completion of offshore trials, Pioneering Spirit is expected to sail north to the Yme field, offshore Norway, to remove the 13,500 tonne Yme mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) for Repsol.

    Following removal of the Yme platform, Pioneering Spirit will return to Rotterdam where the remaining four topsides lifting beams will be installed for the Shell Brent Delta topsides removal, which is scheduled for the summer of 2017.

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