The Pioneering Spirit, before installation of the topsides lifting system (TLS).

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Pioneering Spirit with first TLS beams installed at the Maasvlakte, Rotterdam.

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A view down the firing line.

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The firing line, where sections of pipe are welded together before being lowered off the stinger onto the seabed.

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Two of the nine MAN diesel engines onboard the Pioneering Spirit.

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One of two drums, storing up to 5km wire, for the jacket lift system.

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A walkway inside one of the 16 TLS beams, highlighting their complexity and engineering.

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Each TLS beam is 65 m long and weights 2000 t.

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Control panels inside TLS beam 2.

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A local hydraulic power unit and air compressor inside TLS beam 2.

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The TLS beams installed on the bow, as seen from the main deck.

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Pipe double joint factory, including transverse conveyors.

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Pipe double joint factory, including transverse conveyors.

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There is 2500km of electrical cable installed onboard the Pioneering Spirit.

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Edward Heerema paid tribute to his father, Pieter Schelte, during the inauguration ceremony.

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The inauguration ceremony was held on a barge stationed between Pioneering Spirit's twin bows.

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Pioneering Spirit moored at Maasvlakte, with the inauguration ceremony pavilion between the bows.

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