Allseas founder Edward Heerema steps aside as President

Since founding the company in 1985, Edward Heerema, President of the global offshore contractor company specialising in pipe-laying, heavy lift and subsea construction, Allseas, has stepped down. This was announced on September 15th at a ceremony in Rotterdam’s Van Nelle Fabriek.

His eldest son Pieter will take over the position of President, as Edward Heerema remains part of the company as chairman, focussing on new technological developments. Pieter joined the company in 2011 and served as Vice President, overseeing the implementation and execution of offshore infrastructure projects around the world.

His father’s past contributions include the concept of dynamically positioned subsea pipelay, as developed in Allseas’ first pipe-laying vessel, Lorelay, built in 1986, or Solitaire in 1998. Most notably, the company launched the world’s largest construction vessel Pioneering Spirit, in 2016.

Edward Heerema stated: “Founding and building Allseas took an enormous amount of creativity, energy and perseverance. My ideas were sometimes doubted, but I was always determined to succeed. Over these many years, we established Allseas as a reliable contractor, with a reputation of changing the industry through innovation and pioneering spirit.”

Pieter Heerema said, “My father’s vision, daring and skill have been instrumental in Allseas’ success and growth. He made Allseas great by pioneering ideas and making them work. That is the DNA of Allseas. The work we do, day in and day out, is my ultimate passion. Allseas’ hallmarks, pipelay and heavy lift will remain. Positioning ourselves in new markets will help secure our future. I look forward to building on my father’s many successes as we move forward into new, exciting times.”

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Author: Emma Dailey

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