Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014.‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The length, in combination with the massive width, makes this vessel unique.‘Pieter Schelte’ is intended for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in a single lift.At the bow of the vessel is a slot, where topsides are lifted. The vessel is also equipped for laying large pipelines and, with her capacity, will be the largest pipelay vessel as well.“Final assembly of ‘Pieter Schelte’ will take place in the Alexiahaven”The vessel can lift topsides of offshore platforms weighing up to 48,000 tonnes and jackets up to 25,000 tonnes.AlexiahavenFinal assembly of ‘Pieter Schelte’ will take place in the Alexiahaven. The inner lake of Maasvlakte 2 currently provides the necessary space.A special pit will be dredged there for the vessel. In the port of Rotterdam, the 65 metre long beams of the topsides lift system will be installed. The lifting beams are being constructed in Italy and will be transported by ship to the Netherlands.“The construction of ‘Pieter Schelte’ means a great boost for the maritime industry. We’re proud that Allseas is responsible for this innovation and pleased that the port of Rotterdam can make a contribution. It’s in line with the Port Authority’s endeavour to develop the port further as a centre of the global maritime industry”, according to Allard Castelein, Chief Executive of the Port Authority.Press Release; July 11th, 2014 zoom Pieter Schelte‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam.
In the rebel stronghold of Bouaké, a team of specialists from the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and the UN-authorized French Licorne forces began a series of presentations yesterday in institutions and organizations dealing with children on how to recognize munitions in the zones where combat has taken place.The two-hour information sessions were illustrated by posters titled “Danger! Do not touch!” They included visual presentations and concrete examples for sensitizing children to the risks of touching unexploded munitionsTwo children died in such an accident on 10 July at Diegalfla, a village in the central district of Gohitafla, 150 kilometres north-east of the town of Daloa.
APTN National NewsA Nova Scotia First Nation has opened a controversial gaming centre on a satellite reserve in the Halifax area while some local residents have opposed the development.The Indian Brook First Nation, also known as Shubenacadie, hopes it brings in some much needed cash.APTN’s Trina Roache has more.
St. Patrick’s Day, the booziest holiday of the year, is just around the corner—wait, don’t crack open that Guinness yet! It’s not until Monday, guys, relax. But while you’re getting your leprechaun costume dry-cleaned, we have a very important question for you. Broadway is full of fun and hilarious characters, and some of them know how to party (Mrs. Wormwood, we’re looking at you). We’ve assembled a few of our favorites we think it might be awesome to get a few drinks with. So we have to know—which one of these Broadway characters do you want to get obliterated with this St. Patrick’s Day? Grab your four leaf clover shot glass and cast your vote below! View Comments