Open-ended pipe piles are commonly driven into the seabed to support offshore platforms. This paper presents a case of practical offshore driven pile installation experiences associating with premature refusal. Pile drivability and capacity are analyzed using sufficient driving records. Dynamic loading tests were performed three months after the driving in order to determine the pile capacity after refusal. The test results are detailed in this paper compared with back analysis of measured pile driving records. Empirical equations are provided to predict soil resistance during driving and after setup according to the driving records and dynamic loading tests. Analyzing this practical engineering case is hoped to lead to a better understanding of pile driving, especially when premature refusal occurs. The sufficient details of the engineering data in this paper are also expected to enrich the engineering experience and literature of offshore piles in offshore engineering. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.