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Hearts of Oak
SSCVs and DCVs
Iver Bugge’s ship, SUNNAAS,
became Heerema’s first Craneship.
Iver Bugge was one of the partners of Anco [Norway]
1963 GLOBAL ADVENTURER ex SUNNAAS
Call Sign : LAJT
Built 1952 Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Dundee
9,283 brt; 5,201 nrt; 13,810 dwt
1952 Skibs A/S Nanset, Larvik, Norway; Iver Bugge.
1963 Sold to Global Offshore Structures Ltd., Willemstad-N.A.,
Managed Heerema Engineering Service.
1963 Rebuilt and converted to the first craneship, with a 300 ton lift.
by N.V. Dok en Scheepsbouw Mij. Verolme, Rozenburg.
Renamed GLOBAL ADVENTURER.
Remeasured 9,622 brt; 3,644 brt; 5,350 dwt.
1964 R.E.M. Island built using GLOBAL ADVENTURER;
First “pirate” TV station. Details below.
1967 GLOBAL ADVENTURER ; Brown & Root Panama S.A., Panama,
(Brown & Root Nederland N.V., Rotterdam).
1975 Scrapped Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Carrying the prefabricated REM Island
1968 CHALLENGER ex P.G. THULIN
Named after Pieter Gerard Thulin (NETM).
Nederlandse ErtsTankers Maatschappij N.V., The Hague.
(Vinke & Co. N.V., Rotterdam)
Yard Nr 555
Built 1956 Scheepswerf J. Smit & Czn., Alblasserdam
18,718 grt; 10,952 nrt; 26,871 dwt
193,23 m x 25,36 m x 9,88 m
15.300 hp; 16.5 knots
Call Sign : PGQA
1968 CHALLENGER ; Panama Overseas Shipping Co. Inc., Panama
( Heerema Engineering Service ).
Converted by N.V. Boele's Scheepswerven & Machinefabriek, Bolnes
Remeasured 10,898 grt; 5,919 nrt; beam 29.37 m.
1970 CHALLENGER I ; Arun Shipping Co., Ltd., Monrovia
( Heerema Marine Contractors ).
1987 24th April : Towed from Europoort,
by tug SUMATRAS to Turkey.
1987 15th May: arrived for scrapping, Aliaga, Turkey.
1971 CHAMPION ex VELUTINA
Call Sign GKFM
Built 1950 Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Wallsend U.K.
18,666 grt; 11,391 nrt; 29,648 dwt.
201,16 X 25,68 X 10,94 mt.
480x 100 x 45 ft
Engines : Wallsend Slipway Co.-turbines.
1950 VELUTINA ; Anglo-Saxon (Shell Tankers Ltd.) London U.K..
1971 Forepart converted ; Renamed CHAMPION ; Heerema Engineering.
Aft broken up at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.
1973 THOR ex VEEDOL
Built 1955 Mitsubishi Zosen, Nagasaki
For Tide Water Tankers, Monrovia
733ft 10ins x 100ft 6ins x 36ft 10ins
28,339 grt; 19,564 nrt; 49,819 dwt
17,600 hp Turbine; 16.5 knots
1973 Renamed THOR ; Heerema Engineering.
1982 17th September : Arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan for demolition.
1976 ODIN ex ARMAGNAC
For Soc. Francaise de Transports Petroliers, Dunkirk
Built 1961 Wilton Feijenoord, Schiedam
Yard Nr 770
Launched April 10th 1961
33,621 brt; 17,800 nrt; 48,549 dwt
746ft 5ins x 102ft 1ins x 39ft 1ins
20,000 hp Turbine; 17 knots
1976 Renamed ODIN ; Heerema Engineering - lift of 2,700 tons.
The launch of the Armagnac
As much as these early craneships
could be easily manoeuvred into position,
it was clear that stability, strength and power was needed.
Heerema pioneered Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels ( SSCVs ), with the BALDER in 1978 and the HERMOD in 1979. Originally sister ships, HERMOD had major works completed 1984 and BALDER was converted to a Deep Water Construction Vessel (DCV) in 2001. HERMOD was docked July 2004; Keppel Verolme, Rotterdam, Netherlands. THIALF is a Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel. It was constructed in 1985 as DB-102 for McDermott by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.. In 1997 it was taken over by Heerema after discontinuation of their joint venture with McDermott, HeereMac.
For general details, see her sister, HERMOD
The DCV Balder is a Deepwater Construction Vessel.
Built 1978 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Tamano.
As a Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel.
2001 Converted to a DCV by Keppel Verolme
(formerly Verolme Botlek).
Built 1979 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Tamano.
For Zodiac Shipping Co. (Heerema Group Services, Panama)
73,887 grt; 22,166 nrt
505ft x 450ft x 282ft
Depth to Workdeck 138ft
Draft 38 – 92ft
Accommodation for 336 men
Maximum Deck load 8,000 tons
Diesel engines; 24,000 hp
6 knots with 8,000 ton loading and at draft 38ft.
Photograph Copyright : maritimephoto.com
Thanks to Wim for his kind permission
For more photos and the original of this one go to
Built 1985 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Tamano.
For McDermott ( HeereMac ).as DB-102
1998 Taken over by Heerema; Renamed THIALF
Heerema Group Services, Panama
661ft x 542ft x 290ft
Depth to Workdeck 162ft
Draft 43 – 104ft
136,709 grt; 41,012 nrt
Accommodation for 736 men
Maximum load 14,200 tons
Diesel engines; 37,536 hp
6 knots at maximum load and minimum depth.
Six miles off Noordwijk, Netherlands.
REM = Reclame Exploitatie Maatschappij
(Advertising Exploitation Company).
Built 1964 at a cost of 9 million guilders by a team of broadcasting entrepreneurs, who used it to broadcast radio and television programmes to the Netherlands under the name Radio Noordzee and TV Noordzee. Financed by bankers Texeira de Mattos, the man with the original idea of broadcasting from an artificial platform was Will Hordijk from The Hague. In 1963 he teamed up with Cornelis Verolme, who owned a shipyard in Cork, Ireland, and Pieter Heerema, of Scheveningen; Heerema's GLOBAL ADVENTURER, brought the prefabricated sections to the Netherlands, arriving off the coast of Noordwijk 3rd May 1964.
The Dutch government gained European support to extend the territorial limit to 11.5km, which meant that REM Island was within Dutch legal jurisdiction.
29th July 1964, the first radio test transmission was made.
13th August : start of TV tests.
1st September : official opening of TV Noordzee.
14th December : TV Noordzee last transmission.
17th December 1964 : boats and police helicopters
arrived at REM Island.
At 0907, Radio Noordzee went off the air.
In 1974, the Department of Public Works began using REM Island
as a base for marine investigations and measurements.
In 2003, REM island was emptied.
If anyone has the copyright to the pictures of Balder or Thialf,
please offer your permission to use these.
I am willing to remove them if the copyright holder wishes.