Thursday, January 08, 2015


The Pieter Schelte (IMO: 9593505, Port of Registry: Panama) is one of the most remarkable ships currently sailing. The vessel, with the design of a 'U' is capable to move a drilling platform in one piece. The superstructure of the rig will be lifted onto the front deck using 16 hydraulic beams of 65 meters long while the jacket of the rig can be lifted onto the aft deck. The concept of this vessel was already formed in 1987 with an idea to combine to used VLCC's. In its current design the vessel was built from scratch and cost around 2.4 billion euro's. The vessel is 382 meters long and 124 meters wide. She can accomodate a crew of 571 and is managed by Allseas. More information can be found here.

The Pieter Schelte will arrive this afternoon at the Alexiahaven, Maasvlakte 2, Rotterdam. No tugs will be needed since the vessel is equipped with a state-of-the-art positioning system which keeps the vessel in place using her twelve thrusters with a combined power of 95 MW. The arrival in Rotterdam has been thouroghly simulated with wind speeds of 6 bft. The Pieter Schelte will stay in Rotterdam until april for outfitting the vessel with the 16 hydraulic beams built by the Italian company Cimolai.

Click here for the current position of the Pieter Schelte

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