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Pieter Hereema first achieved prominence in the 1950s when he pioneered the use of prestressed concrete pile design in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. In the early 1960s, the Amsterdam native became a leader in North Sea construction, helping to develop semisubmersible derrick and lay barges that revolutionized offshore construction by allowing for the design and installation of larger platforms. In 1962, in a partnership with Brown & Root, he built the world's first derrick ship, Global Adventurer. In 1978, his company introduced the world's first two semisubmersible crane vessels. He died in 1981 at the age of 73.