February 6 - Earlier this week, as reported in HLPFI's Wednesday Wire, energy company Shell was criticised over plans to use a ship named after a convicted Nazi war criminal to decommission a North Sea oil field.

Shell awarded the contract for the decommissioning of the Brent field to the Allseas Group, owners of the massive platform decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte.

The vessel is named after the father of Allseas president Edward Heerema, Pieter Schelte Heerema, who served in the Waffen SS during the Second World War.

Now, Allseas has announced that the name of the vessel "Pieter Schelte" will be changed.

In an official statement, the company said that this is in response the widespread negative reactions which have emerged over the last few days, and that it had never been the intention to offend anyone. 

The new name will be announced within a few days.