CHATEL-SAINT-DENIS, Switzerland – Allseas reports that founder and President Edward Heerema is stepping aside after nearly four decades at the helm.
Eldest son Pieter will assume the role of President of the Allseas Group. Edward will remain as Chairman and concentrate on developing and integrating new technological developments.
Edward Heerema launched Allseas in 1985 and built the company into a global offshore contractor. He developed the concept of dynamically positioned subsea pipelay with the introduction of Allseas’ first vessel Lorelay. The emergence of Solitaire in 1998 pushed pipeline installation into unchartered waters, enabling operators to develop previously inaccessible ultra-deepwater assets.
In 2016, Edward realized a lifetime vision with the launch of the world’s largest construction vessel Pioneering Spirit. Equipped with motion-compensated and single-lift technology, Allseas says that the vessel has revolutionized the offshore heavy lift industry.
Pieter joined Allseas in 2011. He served as vice president, overseeing the successful implementation and execution of key offshore infrastructure projects around the world.