Equipment » Pioneering Spirit

Pioneering Spirit

In June 2010 Allseas awarded the contract for building Pioneering Spirit, its  382 m long, 124 m wide dynamically positioned (DP) platform installation / decommissioning and pipelay vessel, to the South Korean shipyard Daewoo.

Long-lead items such as the power generation equipment, thrusters and DP system were ordered in 2007.
In 2008 the high-tensile steel for the jacket and topsides lift systems was ordered, and the detail design of the hull was completed in May 2010.
Equipment for the lift systems and pipelay system were ordered in 2011, continuing into 2012.

When built, Pioneering Spirit  will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 t and a jacket lift capacity of 25,000 t.
Her pipelay tension capacity will be 2,000 t, doubling the capacity of Allseas’ Solitaire  and thereby surpassing her as the world’s largest pipelay vessel.

Delivery of the completed topsides lift and pipelay vessel is expected in the second half of 2014, ready for offshore operations early 2015.
The jacket lift system will follow later.

In November 2013 Allseas announced plans to build a second single-lift vessel larger than Pioneering Spirit, to be delivered in 2020.
It is intended for installation and removal of the very largest existing platforms.


  • Length overall (incl. tilting lift beam and stinger)
    477 m (1,565 ft)
  • Length overall (excl. tilting lift beam and stinger)
    382 m (1,253 ft)
  • Length between perpendiculars
    370 m (1,214 ft)
  • Breadth
    124 m (407 ft)
  • Depth to main deck
    30 m (98 ft)
  • Slot length
    122 m (400 ft)
  • Slot width
    59 m (194 ft)
  • Topsides lift capacity
    48,000 t (105,820 kips)
  • Jacket lift capacity
    25,000 t (55,116 kips) 
  • Stinger length (incl. transition frame) 
    210 m (690 ft)
  • Operating draught
    10-25 m (32-82 ft)
  • Maximum speed
    14 knots
  • Total installed power
    95,000 kW
  • Accommodation
    571 persons
  • Dynamic positioning system
    LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22 and 2 x cJoy system
  • Deck cranes
    3 x Pipe transfer cranes of 
    50 t (110 kips) at 33 m (108 ft)
    1 x Special purpose crane of
    600 t (1,323 kips) at 20 m (66 ft)
  • Work stations
    Double-joint factory with 5 line-up stations and 2 stations for combined external and internal welding;
    Main firing line with 6 welding stations for double joints, 1 NDT station and 6 coating stations
  • Tensioner capacity
    4 x 500 t (4 x 1,102 kips)
  • Pipe diameters
    From 2" to 68" OD
  • Pipe cargo capacity (deck)
    27,000 t