The world’s largest crane ship, the Pieter Schelte, can remove abandoned oil rigs in days, a significant improvement when compared to existing processes, which can take months, or even in some cases, years, according to a BBC report.
The vessel measures 124 meters width and 382 meters in length, roughly as long as the Empire State Building is high.
The ship is designed to install and remove offshore oil and gas rigs.
To remove the top part of an oil rig, the vessel approaches the structure until it stands between its hulls.
Eight arms then slide out from the ship’s decks and grab the topside of the structure, previously separated from its legs.
To remove the rig’s jacket, or the legs supporting it, the vessel uses a pair of lifting beams, 540 feet in length. As the attached beams tilt up, the entire jacket can is tilted up and levered onto the deck, according to a report by Popular Mechanics.
Allseas, the Swiss company that commissioned the Pieter Schelte, says plans to build an even larger ship are in the works.
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