Sleipnir Preps for Maiden Voyage

July 10, 2019

Sleipnir (Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors)
Sleipnir (Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors)

The world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel will embark this week on its 45-day maiden voyage to Spain.

Dutch firm Heerema Marine Contractors’s newest vessel Sleipnir, built by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore, is designed to work on large offshore projects such as installing and removing jackets, topsides, deepwater foundations, moorings and other offshore structures, such as windmills. The $1.5 billion newbuild has the strongest pair of revolving cranes and is also the world’s first crane vessel with emissions-reducing dual-fuel engines running on marine gas oil (MGO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Heerema CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said, “Not only is Sleipnir the world’s largest and strongest vessel, it is also first of its kind as far as sustainability goes. We are making offshore history. No other vessel has such numerous features. Our LED lights and shore power electricity are only a few examples of Heerema’s ambition in this area.”

The vessel, which completed sea trials in June, has spend the last two days bunkering LNG approximately 12 miles off the coast of Indonesia. Heerema has selected Dutch company Titan LNG to help in bunkering operations. Titan LNG has chartered a ship commercially managed by another Dutch firm Anthony Veder.

Niels den Nijs, CEO Titan LNG, said the operation was the largest LNG bunkering in the world.  “It was a complex project to supply this eight-legged innovative crane vessel,” he added.

Sleipnir will now set sail for Spain, rounding South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. In the Mediterranean, Titan LNG will again supply the Sleipnir using the Anthony Veder vessel Coral Fraseri that will pass through the Suez Canal.

Sleipnir (Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors)



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