Sleipnir successfully completes 15,300 tonne lift

Jon Lawson

Heerema’s Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Sleipnir, the world’s largest crane vessel, has successfully completed a 15,300 tonne lift to install the topsides for Noble Energy’s Leviathan development in the Mediterranean.

This sets a world record: lifting a module of this weight has never been done by a crane vessel before. Sleipnir installed its two main topsides with a total weight of 24,500 tonnes in less than 20 hours. 
The vessel entered service last July. Two revolving cranes can lift up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem. Heerema’s CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven commented about the lift: ‘We are very proud of this achievement. Sleipnir is a unique vessel. It is LNG-powered and thus climate friendly. And our client enjoys the benefits. Because lifting larger modules means less time involved and therefore a smaller budget will suffice for a job.’


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