Heerema’s Sleipnir, the world’s largest crane vessel, completed a lift of 15,300 tonnes. This sets a world record: a crane vessel has never before performed such a heavy lift.

The world’s first LNG powered construction vessel installed two main topsides with a total weight of 24,500 in less than 20 hours for Noble Energy’s Leviathan development in the Mediterranean.

The liquefied natural gas-powered vessel entered into service in July.

Its two revolving cranes can lift up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem, according to Heerema.

Chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said: “We are very proud of this achievement. ‘Sleipnir’ is a unique vessel. It is LNG-powered and thus climate friendly. And our client enjoys the benefits. Because lifting larger modules means less time involved and therefore a smaller budget will suffice for a job.”