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Heerema sending Hermod for scrap

Dutch owner’s semisub heavy-lift vessel heading to China for recycling after storied 40-year career

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is scrapping its heavy-lift crane vessel Hermod, a storied pioneering industry unit that has been on the go for almost four decades.

The vessel, built at Mitsui in 1978, will be recycled at Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in China, the Dutch owner said.

HMC added that it would be scrapped in accordance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and in line with the European Union Ship Recycling Regulation.

The Hermod and sister vessel Balder were at the time of building the first semi-submersible crane vessels of their kind built to service the offshore construction market.

The Hermod’s first job was to install the Piper Alpha platform in the UK North Sea, a province where it conducted much of its work.

The first job outside of the North Sea was in Brazil, followed by work variously in key basins such as the Gulf of Mexico, Southeast Asia and Africa, working in more than 25 countries in total.

HMC said the heaviest lift performed by the vessel was that of the Peregrino topsides in 2010, weighing in at 6287 tonnes.

Most recently it installed the unmanned wellhead platform for Statoil’s Oseberg Vestflanken 2 project off Norway.

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