Update: Allseas renames Pieter Schelte to Pioneering Spirit
Dutch contractor Allseas has bowed to pressure to rename its platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay mega-vessel Pieter Schelte. The vessel's new name will be Pioneering Spirit.
The €2.4billion vessel, capable of lifting topsides weighing 48,000-tonne, was named after Allseas' founder Edward Heerema's father, tho had been in the German army for a period during World War II.
The vessel has been on the drawing board for some 25 years and recently arrived in Rotterdam, where it is due to have its lifting gear fitted.
Today, Allseas said: "The name of the vessel reflects what she stands for: a new technological step in platform installation and decommissioning. It also fits the 30-year tradition of Allseas to pioneer and surpass technical boundaries, as was done over the years introducing pipelay on dynamic positioning and laying pipelines in ever deeper waters. This vessel encompasses all innovations that have been developed by Allseas over the last 30 years."
In a statement Friday, Allseas said: "As a result of the widespread reactions which have emerged over the last few days, Edward Heerema, President of the Allseas Group, has announced that the name of the vessel Pieter Schelte will be changed. It has never been the intention to offend anyone."
Article posted originally: ITF warns Allseas to drop Nazi ship name...
The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has warned Allseas Group to immediately rename Pieter Schelte, a platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel christened after a convicted Nazi war criminal.
Contracted by Shell to service its Brent platforms on the UK continental shelf, the Panamanian-flagged ship was named in honour of the Allseas Group owner's father, Pieter Schelte Heerema, who was a Nazi Waffen-SS officer.
ITF President Paddy Crumlin said that under its current name the vessel should be banned from UK or European waters.
"For Allseas to name its vessel after a convicted Nazi war criminal is utterly shameful," he said.
"It is worth noting that Allseas has a long history of seeking to drive down safety standards and working conditions for seafarers the world over. It is this group that the Australian government is taking its lead from when it comes to driving changes to its offshore visa arrangements."
With a a gross tonnage of 403,342, Pieter Schelte is considered the world's largest crane ship.
ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton said it is "almost unthinkable" that Allseas would have a vessel honouring a senior Nazi war criminal operating in European waters.
"It is nothing short of a grave insult," he said. "The Pieter Schelte should not be permitted to operate until it changes its name."
The ITF is a global union federation of transport workers' trade unions.
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