Quotes & stories

Frans den Hartogh

Project Manager

During my graduation, I worked at Allseas’ Innovations Department, which, like today, consisted of many young engineers. The emphasis in that department was on developing the famous Pioneering Spirit  platform installation/removal and pipelay vessel. After my graduation, I was offered a job within the same department, which I gladly accepted. Besides design and engineering, the team members are heavily involved in exhibitions and industry discussions on platform removal around the North Sea.

After about four years, I decided to move to the then Pipelay Installation Department where I learned the ins and outs of pipelaying on several North Sea projects. I was sent to the Houston office and was involved in several projects in the Gulf of Mexico, including assisting in the operations offshore on board Lorelay  and Solitaire. A year later, I returned to the Netherlands and was made Lead Engineer on the exciting Snøhvit project – Allseas’ first project in the Barents Sea, above the Polar Circle.

When word came that Allseas was planning to build another pipelay vessel, I wanted to get back into the design discipline, so joined the engineering and construction team responsible for developing the new vessel, Audacia. We designed and built the vessel in a record-breaking two years!

When Audacia  was nearly complete, I was sent to Perth; Australia was a place I’d always wanted to see and I was really keen to move down under with my wife and kids. I joined the Project Management Department in Perth, focusing on subcontractor management, client interfacing and vessel/operation management. Back in the Netherlands, I re-joined my colleagues at the Delft office and at present, I’m a Project Manager working on the Rota-3 pipeline for Petrobras in Brazil.

Having left the number crunching to the new engineers, my engineering background is of great value and is essential when working as a manager in the offshore contracting business. What’s kept me interested in working for Allseas all these years is illustrated above: being able to work in different environments, different departments and different continents, representing a company that is leading in the pipelaying business.