Allseas’ president Edward Heerema, who launched the company in 1985, will receive the OTC Heritage award for his “long-term continuous, distinguished service in management and leadership of offshore installation for the deepwater industry”.
Introduction of dynamically positioned pipelay
Edward’s contributions to offshore marine construction have been paramount. He developed the concept of dynamically positioned subsea pipelay with the introduction of Allseas’ first vessel Lorelay. In 2007, Solitaire set the world record for ultra-deepwater advanced pipeline installation in 9,100 ft (2,774 m) of water. And in 2016, Edward realised a lifetime vision with the launch of the world’s largest construction vessel Pioneering Spirit, which has since revolutionised the offshore heavy lift industry through single-lift technology.
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