The giant single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit, 403,342gt, successfully completed her first job in August.
It completed the removal of the 13,500 ton Yme offshore platform in the North Sea, 60 miles off the coast of Norway, for Repsol Norge AS.
The ship is operated by the Allseas Group SA, of Switzerland, and her next task will be removing the topsides from the Brent platforms, some of which weigh over 20,000 tonnes, in the North Sea.
The Yme unit was a jack-up type platform standing on three steel legs of 3.5m diameter, and once it was secured on board the ship, the unit it was taken to the new dismantling yard in Lutelandet, Norway.
The platform, Yme MOPUSTOR, with MOPU an abbreviation for Mobile Offshore Production Unit, had never produced a single barrel of oil.
The platform was delivered by the Dutch company SBM Offshore to produce oil from the Talisman operated field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. However, following cracks found in the legs in 2012, the platform was abandoned, and the decision was subsequently made to remove and scrap the platform.