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In pictures: Ninian Northern

2nd September 2020

Ninian Northern arrival and offloading at Dales Voe

Delivery of the 14,200 tonne Ninian Northern platform topside is the Port’s biggest decommissioning project yet.  


The topside was removed in a single lift by Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, the largest and most sophisticated construction vessel in the world, and transported to Lerwick on her first arrival into a UK port.



The transfer by Allseas’ cargo barge, Iron Lady, to the decommissioning pad, is also the first complete northern North Sea topside load-in at Lerwick.


The successful load-in of the 14,200 tonne Ninian Northern topside to the decommissioning pad at Dales Voe. A total transfer weight of 16,200 transferred the quay along the purpose buiit skid rails. 


With thanks to Rory Gillies and Dave Donaldson/Shetland Flyer Aerial Media for photos and footage.   


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Photos by Ivan Reid

BBC news coverage