Heerema’s Sleipner vessel completes world record lift

Heerema’s Sleipnir vessel broke a world record over the weekend, completing a lift of 15,300 tonnes.

The world’s largest crane vessel as installing the topsides for Noble Energy’s Leviathan development in the Mediterranean.

As part of the job, Sleipnir installed its two main topsides with a total weight of 24,500 in less than 20 hours.

The liquefied natural gas-powered vessel entered into service in July.

Its two revolving cranes can lift up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem, according to Heerema.


Chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said: “We are very proud of this achievement.

“Sleipnir is a unique vessel. It is LNG-powered and thus climate friendly. And our client enjoys the benefits. Because lifting larger modules means less time involved and therefore a smaller budget will suffice for a job.”

Noble Energy’s vice president for major projects, George Hatfield, added: “The long and successful relationship between Noble Energy and Heerema continues with the safe and efficient execution by Sleipnir and her team.

“As always, Heerema’s commitment to provide operational excellence can be seen throughout this project.”

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