Pioneering Spirit: Largest construction vessel in world in major operation in Forth this weekend

A major marine operation is scheduled to take place in the Forth this weekend.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:20 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 8:39 pm

Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the largest construction vessel in the world, is scheduled to transfer its cargo of a topside drilling platform to the 200 metre long cargo barge, Iron Lady, on Saturday evening.

People on both sides of the estuary between Kirkcaldy and Largo Bay on the north shore and Aberlady and Gullane Bay on the south bank are expected to be treated to the sight of a major marine operation taking place in the river – subject to weather conditions.

The Pioneering Spirit is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide and was specifically designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large offshore platforms.

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Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit photographed on a previous project.

The vessel has a lift capacity of 48,000 tonnes.

It is scheduled to transfer its cargo of a topside drilling platform to the 200 metre long cargo barge, Iron Lady, on Saturday evening.

The following morning, the Iron Lady and its cargo will disengage from the Pioneering Spirit and will be towed by Forth Ports’ tugs, the Craigleith, Inchcolm and Fidra, under all three Forth crossings to the Port of Rosyth.

The Iron Lady will be moored at the port for approximately six weeks, after which it is scheduled to depart for the Energy Park Fife in Methil where its cargo will be unloaded prior to its decommissioning.

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