With a full-length of a whopping 382 meters en width of 124 meters, the Pioneering spirit is the largest ship in the world. After 1.5 years of hard work the ship was finally finished last Monday at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The owner of Allseas, the company that built the ship, announced last Monday that the ship has passed all tests and is ready to go on its first mision: the dismantling of the oilplatform at Norway.
1. It took 8 years to build the Pioneering Spirit
The ship was supposed to be done 3 years ago, but stayed in the harbour of Rotterdam for another 1.5 years to go through a number of tests. This delay attracted lots of visitors who came to admire the large ship in the harbour.
2. The ship changed name after Shell was offended
The ship was initially called Pieter Schelte, named after the father of Allseas owner Edward Heerema named Pietr Schelte Heerema, who was a pioneer in the offshorebuisness. The name cause some commotion, as Pieter Shelte Heerema was part of the German Waffen -SS in the 2nd world war and was sentenced as a war criminal. After one of the top managers in Shell was offended by it, Allseas renamed the ship Pioneering Spirit, to fit its grand status in the world. Sounds much better, right?
2. The ship is partially built in South-Korea
The Pioneering spirit was partially built in South-Korea at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Engineering which cost the company 454 million dollars. The ship has a Panama flag.