January 9 - The 382 m long and 124 m wide Pieter Schelte, designed and developed by Dutch-Swiss offshore company Allseas, has arrived in the port of Rotterdam.

Pieter Schelte, claimed to be the biggest ship in the world, will spend the next four months in Rotterdam undergoing final assembly in the inner lake of Maasvlakte 2. Among other things, 65 m long support beams will be fitted to the ship.

HLPFI reported on November 4 that the huge platform installation/decommissioning and pipelaying vessel Pieter Schelte was about to set sail for Europe from South Korea's Daewoo shipyard

"The arrival of Pieter Schelte in Rotterdam is in line with port authority policy, which is geared towards strengthening the Rotterdam offshore sector further," said port authority ceo, Allard Castelein.
Castelein explained that the authority is developing new port sites for the offshore sector in both the existing port area and on the Maasvlakte. The port says that the sites will provide opportunities for the dismantling of oil and gas platforms, facilitating the construction of wind farms, and demobilisation projects.