Today, on Sunday, March 22, we welcomed Sleipnir to The Netherlands. Kolga, Heerema's newly upgraded tug, joined Sleipnir at sea to guide the vessel into the Caland Canal. They arrived around 14.45, and in line with ongoing guidelines, we decided to greet the vessel and its crew from the sky rather than onshore. The vessel also received a welcome salute on arrival.
Sleipnir's scale is hard to imagine, standing at 220 meters long, 102 meters wide, with the room to accommodate 400 employees, and weighing 119,000 tons. The vessel has completed several installation projects so far, including the record-breaking Noble Energy Leviathan project, Equinor's Peregrino C installation, and the Cassia C Trinidad installation.
Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, Heerema's CEO, said of Sleipnir's arrival:
'I and Kolga's crew proudly guided Sleipnir on its first arrival into the Port of Rotterdam. We warmly welcome the vessel and the crew to The Netherlands and wish Sleipnir fair winds and good trades in the upcoming North Sea Summer Campaign.'
Sleipnir is not only the largest semi-submersible crane vessel on the seas, but is also the most sustainable. The vessel has dual-fuel engines that enable Sleipnir to run on LNG, drastically reducing harmful emissions. Additionally, the vessel is fully outfitted with LED-lighting, has a hot/cold energy recovery system, and is ready to be powered by clean electricity when moored in the Caland Canal following the completion of the Shore Power project. Read more about Sleipnir's sustainability here.
Sleipnir has a busy campaign ahead and will depart in the coming weeks for the first of several jobs. We take this opportunity to state that Heerema continuously monitors the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and works within all international and national regulations to protect our workforce. The health and safety of Sleipnir's crew is our main priority, and we will do all we can to protect them.
We are happy to have Sleipnir home, and wish the vessel a great upcoming campaign!