Allseas' Pioneering Spirit wraps up first commercial lift with new JLS

Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit wraps up first commercial lift with new JLS

Photo source: Allseas

Allseas has finally seen the first result of what it called revolution of its offshore construction behemoth Pioneering Spirit, as it completed its first commercial lift with the recently installed new JLS technology. The jacket lift system was deployed to remove the CNR International’s Ninian Northern jacket from the northern North Sea. 

Weighing in at 8100 tonnes, the first commercial lift with the new JLS technology is one of the heaviest offshore jacket lifts ever, but remains well within the system’s 20,000-tonne single-lift capacity.

The world’s largest and most versatile offshore construction vessel has since arrived at the deep-water port of Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, where the jacket will be delivered intact to the Veolia-Peterson yard for recycling. The facility targets 98 percent steel reuse.

Pioneering Spirit arrived in the Ninian field, 160 kilometres northeast of the Shetland Islands, on April 14. After final preparations including cuts through the eight legs, the JLS was engaged to lift the jacket safely out of the water on April 21.

Main hoist blocks suspended from the JLS beams were attached to the jacket top by means of bespoke rigging (built by Allseas Fabrication) and, after final cuts, the 85-metre structure lifted safely out of the water. The
jacket was subsequently aligned with the beams and lowered onto the main aft deck for transit to the Shetlands.

Allseas' Pioneering Spirit wraps up first commercial lift with new JLS
Photo source: Allseas

The lift concludes two years of planning and design, which started with the safe and successful single-lift removal of the 14,200 t Ninian Northern platform topsides by Pioneering Spirit in 2020.

Pioneering Spirit with pioneering technology

Fundamentally different to conventional crane-lifting vessels, the aft-mounted system comprises two connected 170-metre long beams that lift and support jackets of all sizes during removal and installation operations. The system also enables the transport of jackets in a near-vertical position to safeguard structure integrity.

This advanced technology enables direct transfer of structures to and from the quayside and eliminates the need for support barges. There is no need to seafasten the jacket to the beams during transit due to the vessel’s high level of stability, significantly reducing time in the field and lowering the emissions footprint.

“With the successful removal of the Ninian Northern jacket, Allseas has realised its long-term vision of a vessel that provides the offshore industry with a total solution for offshore work,” says Allseas president Edward Heerema.

Ninian Northern is the first of several major jacket removal and installation commitments for Pioneering Spirit in 2022. The vessel will lift and transport more than 123,000 tonnes of structures for the offshore energy industry this year utilising both its Jacket lift and motion-compensated topsides lift systems.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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