More record-breaking lifts by Sleipnir
By Alex Dahm25 June 2021
Heavy lift vessel Sleipnir set a pair of new records in Norwegian waters in May and June.
Most recently, on 18 June, it was a new weight record of 12,050 tonnes for the installation of the jacket (legs) for an offshore oil platform. Vessel owner Heerema claimed it as the world’s heaviest jacket installation. It was part of the Norwegian Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development project which will comprise five new platforms.
The lift of the processing platform (P2) jacket followed Sleipnir’s earlier setting of another record. This time it was the inshore integration of three P2 topside modules for offshore services specialist Aibel in May. One of them, the MSF module, weighed 13,600 tonnes and its lift was claimed as the heaviest by a crane in Norwegian waters.
The other two modules, weighing a mere 5,400 and 4,300 tonnes, presented less of a challenge for the 20,000 tonne combined capacity of the two revolving lattice boom tub cranes on Sleipnir.
Commenting on the record operations Michel Hendriks, Heerema transport and installation director, said, “We are proud to play a part in Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup P2 development, and to achieve two new lifting records in the process is always special. Both projects were successful due to the close co-operation with our clients, and we look forward to returning to the Johan Sverdrup field later this year.”