Sleipnir; Image courtesy of HeeremaSingapore-based Sembcorp Marine has completed Heerema’s Sleipnir semi-submersible crane vessel, dubbed the biggest and strongest in the world, and the first LNG-powered vessel of its kind.Heerema said last week that the world’s biggest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) was set to enter service in the coming months.SSCV Sleipnir has a 220-meter by 102-metre reinforced deck area, making it the largest crane vessel to be built. It is also equipped with two 10,000-tonne revolving cranes which can lift loads of up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem. According to the company, no other existing crane vessel has this capability.Sleipnir can accommodate 400 persons and will be deployed globally for installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings, and other offshore structures.The vessel stands out as the world’s first crane vessel with dual-fuel engines running on marine gas oil (MGO) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) which makes it able to operate sustainably across all environmental jurisdictions.Heerema has already secured contracts to deploy the vessel in various offshore energy developments, including the Leviathan topsides installation in the Mediterranean Sea, Tyra jackets and topsides installation and removal in the Danish North Sea, Brae B jackets and topsides removal in the UK North Sea, as well as transportation and installation of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) Alpha HVAC platform in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.The company added that the vessel would leave for sea trials shortly and was scheduled for delivery to Heerema soon afterward.
Facebook Twitter Google+ A week after conference realignment hit the Big East again, the conference responded by adding Tulane for all sports and East Carolina as a football-only member in 2014.The league faced uncertainty after losing Rutgers to the Big Ten on Nov. 20, as rumors swirled about other possible departures. But on Tuesday afternoon, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco touted his conference as one of “opportunity and potential” while welcoming Tulane as its newest member on a conference call.“We have a strategy for expansion, we have a strategy for our conference,” Aresco said on the conference call. “We are building — we are already well on our way to building a national football conference that will compete at the highest level.”About two hours later, the Big East announced the Pirates would join the league for football along with the Green Wave. The Conference USA members will give the Big East 13 football members in 2014.Tulane has been in three bowl games in the last 25 years, and none since 1987, while its men’s basketball program hasn’t made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. East Carolina has qualified for five bowl games since 2006, going 1-4 in those contests.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Big East has lost five schools since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced last September that they were leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The league then added eight schools to try to solidify its future, but conference realignment picked up again last week with Rutgers and Maryland moving to the Big Ten.Those moves caused another shift for the Big East, as current members Louisville and Connecticut are considered the frontrunners to replace the Terrapins in the ACC. Future members Boise State and San Diego State have also reportedly been in talks with the Mountain West Conference about rejoining that league with the new developments, which include the Big East’s loss of its automatic Bowl Championship Series bowl bid.On Tuesday, Aresco said Boise State and San Diego State remain committed to the Big East. The commissioner also said the league is aiming to build a 14-team conference while also considering a 16-team model for football.Aresco stressed that the Big East will be a quality and competitive football conference. In 2014, the league will be made up of nine former Conference USA schools, including current Big East members Louisville, South Florida and Cincinnati.It’s a league Aresco believes will resonate as it tries to attract interest and negotiate television deals in the future.“What we’re selling is quality,” Aresco said. “If we have a good football conference, people will watch.” Comments Published on November 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] read more