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Heerema says Sleipnir sets record

Dutch contractor's mighty new vessel engaged in topside lifts at Noble Energy's Leviathan project

Dutch heavy-lift company Heerema Marine Contractors claims its new crane vessel Sleipnir has set a world record at Noble Energy’s Leviathan project in the Mediterranean Sea.

Heerema said Sleipnir completed a 15,300-tonne lift last weekend, installing the Leviathan topsides.

Lifting a module of 15,300 tonnes was never done by a crane vessel before, claimed the Dutch company.

For the Leviathan project, Sleipnir installed two main topsides units with a total weight of 24.500 tonnes in less than 20 hours.

Heerema’s chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said: "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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