The Swiss-based owner has yet to take delivery of the 82,000-dwt Pieter Schelte which is under construction at South Korea’s DSME at a cost of EUR 1.3bn ($1.7bn).
The ship will be the largest of its kind when it hits the water next year but its record will only stand until 2020.
That is when Edward Heerema-led Allseas will take delivery of a vessel that has the capacity to lift platform topsides 50% heavier that the Pieter Schelte.
The as yet unnamed ship will be capable of removing topsides of up to 72,000 tonnes which covers all units in the North Sea beyond the capability of the Pieter Schelte.
The monster vessel will be 160 metres (525 ft) wide compared to its predecessor’s 124 metres (406 ft).