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    Cool Biggest Ship in the World Named After Waffen-ϟϟ Officer Pieter Schelte Heerema

    It ought to be a proud milestone in the Dutch seafaring heritage — the construction of a new ship its owner claims will be the world’s largest. But there’s one problem: its name.

    Edwin Heerema, founder of the company that has commissioned the $1.7 billion vessel, wants to name it the Pieter Schelte after his late father, Pieter Schelte Heerema, who was renowned as a maritime engineer but was condemned for his service in the [...] Waffen-SS.

    The choice of name has provoked outcry and has revived painful questions about Dutch collaboration with the country’s World War II occupiers. [...] Edwin Heerema’s company, Swiss-based Allseas Group SA, rejected criticism.

    “Pieter Schelte Heerema was widely appreciated in the industry during his life and the companies that came from his heritage have an excellent name in the offshore industry,” spokesman Jeroen Hagelstein e-mailed in response to questions.

    But it’s an awkward matter for the government. It gave Allseas’ Netherlands subsidiary a $1 million tax break for its part in designing the ship, and now acknowledges it didn’t notice the name until a Dutch journalist, Ton Biesemaat, raised the issue. Hagelstein said Heerema joined the Nazis out of opposition to communism rather than enthusiasm for National Socialism. He said he then switched sides and joined the resistance in 1943 “as he could no longer associate himself with the ideas of the Nazis.”

    He noted that Heerema was tried and released shortly after the war, which shows he “cannot have been seriously delinquent.”
    The respected Netherlands Institute for War Documentation said that’s technically accurate. Heerema was sentenced by a Dutch court to three years in prison but quickly released, the courts having recognized his unspecified but “very important” services to the resistance between August 1943 and March 1944.

    “You have many different kinds of collaborators: some are passive and some are active. This man was prominent, a leader,”
    said NIOD spokesman Fred Reurs. Truus Menger, who was a prominent member of the Dutch resistance, called the naming of the ship “an open display of disdain and aggression.” In an interview with The Associated Press, she acknowledged that Heerema ended up aiding the resistance, but said: “Oh, I know how that goes — he had a change of heart. But in the end, he wore the suit and he served Hitler.”

    Heerema’s file at the NIOD contains a report of a speech he gave in 1941 in which he was quoted as saying “The German race is model. The Jewish race, by comparison, is parasitic … therefore the Jewish question must be resolved in every Aryan country.”

    Some 70 percent of the Netherlands’ 140,000 Jews perished in the Holocaust.

    [So, 100,000 supposedly dead Jews are an iron-clad justification for eternally shunning everything NS from public life, no matter what good and great was in it. By the way, how many important historical figure or statesman who has his statue in the streets of Europe did not kill, directly or not, at least 100,000 people in his career? The problem is not that 100,000 individuals perished 60 or 70 years ago, it is, as always, that they belonged to that biological mafia of 15-20 million individuals that controls our medias, politics and financial sector in the West and which has the power to silence anybody they disagree with]

    After winning promotions within the Waffen-SS, Heerema became assistant director of an organization that rounded up unemployed Dutch workers and resettled them in Nazi-occupied areas of Eastern Europe, where hundreds died.

    After a falling-out with his German superiors in August 1943, Heerema disappeared until his arrest in Switzerland in March 1944.
    After his release in November, 1946, he headed to Venezuela where he began a new company and rapidly achieved success.
    As a postwar industrialist he was credited with such important innovations as the semi-submersible crane vessel for work in rough seas.

    He became a multimillionaire and member of the Dutch elite, but questions about his past resurfaced periodically until his death in 1981.

    The new ship, to be used for laying oil pipes and decommissioning North Sea oil rigs, will be 1,253 feet (382 meters) long and 384 feet (117 meters) wide, making it the world’s largest in area, and the heaviest at 210,000 tons, Allseas says.

    It said on Oct. 24 the financial crisis would not prevent the ship’s completion in 2012. It said it has reached agreement on around $250 million worth of contracts and is reviewing bids from shipyards in Southeast Asia to build the hull. The tax break prompted Sharon Gesthuizen, a lawmaker of the opposition Socialist Party, to put formal questions to the Economic Affairs Ministry on Oct. 28.
    “Do you see it as your responsibility to protest the naming of this ship, given the extreme sensitivity of the historical events that are connected to that name?” She asked.

    The ministry has two weeks to respond.


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    Like his father, whose audacious launch of two massive semisubmersible crane vessels nearly 30 years ago inspired a virtual revolution in offshore platform design and construction, Edward Heerema has a propensity for challenging convention and thinking big. And vessels don’t come much bigger than the 360m long, 118m wide newbuild now on the Allseas drawing board and fittingly given the Christian names of his father.

    The Pieter Schelte will be a vessel of opportunity in its purest sense, equipped not just for major decommissioning jobs when they come along but also for the occasional extreme water depth, harsh environment platform installation and pipelay task that is beyond the reach of today’s vessels.


    Enter the new-look Pieter Schelte.


    According to Allseas’ ‘crude estimates’, this giant combination vessel could cost a billion Euros to build and be ready for service as early as 2010. ‘Industry requirements to lay heavy pipes in extreme water depths and beyond the capabilities of existing vessels will be very scarce,’ reasons Edward Heerema. ‘So having a vessel that can accommodate this occasional requirement for extreme pipelines, the occasional big removal job or the occasional big installation makes sense.With those factors added together we expect the vessel to have a decent level of occupation.

    Although there are probably only a few drydocks worldwide that could accommodate such a ship, Heerema declares himself more than satisfied that the chosen dimensioning of the vessel (360m by 118m) will give her the flexibility to ‘handle anything’ in the toughest offshore environments. ‘She will only get work in difficult areas,’ he says. ‘This ship is going to be so expensive she could not compete in the more benign locations’.

    ‘We increased the vessel’s length to provide ample space for jackets and topsides as well as a good firing line length, and the ship’s size will give her very high workability,’ he adds. ‘That makes it more expensive of course but with such a big deck area she will be very versatile. The two bow sections at the front of the ship will be ideal for extending a very long stinger from, so we will use the deck as the firing line and suspend the stinger from lifting beams used for topside removal.

    ‘While our competitors get their technical solutions from suppliers, we develop all our conceptual ideas ourselves and then we get specialist suppliers to build them to our specification,’ he adds. ‘That’s quite a difference but it makes life very much more fun.’
    Since Edward Heerema relinquished the reins of the family contracting group and decided to start up Allseas 21 years ago, the word ‘fun’ has figured prominently in his highly individual business style. ‘He really is in this business for fun - the fun of building something better, of breaking new ground - not a quick return,’ observes a close colleague. ‘For him money is just the means, not the goal.’

    To the undoubted envy of other contractor CEOs who have to dance to the often unsympathetic tune of their stockholders, Allseas has shied away from any form of shared ownership over the years. Even in the difficult times, Edward Heerema insisted the company remain independent and master of its own destiny. ‘They don’t think 12 years ahead, they’re not allowed to,’ is his blunt assessment of companies driven by stock market dictates.

    And his views on the short-termism displayed by some of the oil majors - for example, in letting experienced engineers go in the lean times, giving lawyers and accountants undue influence and allowing ’stock option mentalities’ to spoil once trusting operator/contractor relationships, have been equally forthright in recent years (OE December 2003).

    Edward Heerema will be 60 next year but taking it easy is definitely not on his agenda. ‘I still have far too much to do and may have to work another 60 years to get it all in!’ he quips. In quieter, more reflective times he looks back in awe at his father’s accomplishments and draws inspiration from them. ‘He was always full of ideas, a lot more than it was physically possible to realise,’ he recalls. ‘I was a young engineer then and he would always make me work out his thoughts and come back with a quick answer about their technical feasibility. It was a wonderful training ground for me and I was determined to continue Allseas in that style: taking on technical challenges, doing things other people can’t do, keeping ahead of the competition.

    My father was an immensely creative engineer. I have often wished I could talk to him for an hour to get his opinion on some new concept because he would have spotted its weaknesses or faults right away.’

    Pieter Schelte Heerema was an engineer given to bold, imaginative strokes, ever ready to think the unthinkable. With its size and technical capability, the Pieter Schelte looks likely to become a ship worthy of the name - and would assuredly have won his approval.


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    To hell with what "they" say. Bravisimo! This man sounds like a true creative genius and lover of the Ocean.
    I hope someday there will be a Germanic Kriegsmarine that will be the most advanced in the World. Of course the Dutch and Norwegians will want to be in charge.....

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    Arrow Pioneering Spirit Pipe-Laying Vessel

    The ship is as of today named Pioneering Spirit ,
    and has a page on wikipedia :
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pion..._Spirit_(ship)

    Pioneering Spirit (previously named Pieter Schelte) is the world's largest construction vessel,
    designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms
    and the installation of record-weight pipelines.

    Designed by Swiss-based Allseas Group,
    the 382 m long, 124 m wide vessel
    was built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (2011–14)
    at a cost of €2.6 billion and commenced offshore operations in August 2016.

    In June 2017, Pioneering Spirit commenced pipelay for the first line of SouthStream
    Transport B.V’s dual 930-km Turkish Stream pipeline in the Black Sea.

    Allseas has committed to building an even larger version of the same design,
    Amazing Grace, the delivery of which is planned for 2022.
    It looks like , that these €2.6 billion pay off rapidly , so the next bigger boat is scheduled .
    Mk 10:18 What do you call me a good master, no-one is good .

    Gylfaginning 1.39 But on wine alone Odin in arms renowned Forever lives.

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