“The pioneer” has no parallel in modern shipbuilding.
It so happened that for container ships and supertankers its fame as the largest vessels. But much less notable ships, designed to meet technical and industrial work has long bypassed them by these parameters. And depending on your goals they become more and more.
Launched a new record the ship “the Pioneer” (Pioneering Spirit), owned by the Swiss company, the giant construction and Assembly catamaran that has no analogues in the modern shipbuilding. We decided to find out more about how and why had built this master of the waves, the width of which exceeds the length of a football field.
Pioneer is a ship of gigantic proportions. Reaching 124 meters width and 382 in length, it has settings caught up with the famous Empire state building, and its width exceeds the length of a football field. Capacity big even for ships of the same type – 48 thousand tons. The cost of the project too goes on record and is nearly $ 3 billion.
Unlike oil tankers or container ships, crane vessels spetsializiruyutsya to transport multi-ton loads and are involved in marine construction. This vessel will be used to install oil and gas platforms.
The construction phase
Customer the world’s largest ship-crane is the company Allseas, which is not going to stop there: next they built the ship will have a width of 160 meters and 400 meters in length. The new vessel will be commissioned not later than 2020. Construction giants is underway at shipyards in South Korea.
Built in the docks of South Korea, the Pioneer was sent to Rotterdam for final finishing and launching. From the area of Maasvlakte-2, where the new ship was built a special dry dock, a giant sea crane will travel to Cape town, and then on his first assignment.
Serves the catamaran team of 571 man, including sailors, engineers, specialists in lifting and installation of offshore drilling platforms and support staff.
Required for vessel propulsion energy is produced eight MAN diesel engines, with capacity of 11.2 MW each, which are grouped into separate compartments in pairs. The electrical energy produced by the generator, causes the spin of the blade 13 power plants with a capacity of 5.5 MW, manufactured by Rolls Royce, and their power enough to break the vessel up to a speed of 14 knots.
The story of the name
Noteworthy is the fact that the original ship was named in honor of Peter Schelte Heerema — marine engineer, father of the founder of Allseas, and, concurrently — Nazi war criminal. During the Second world war Peter Shelte served in the Waffen-SS and after the war, a Dutch court sentenced Heerema to three years of imprisonment for war crimes. At the end of last year, the provocative title was changed, and the ship became a “Pioneer.”
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