Pipe Layer – SOLITAIRE

One of the ship’s owned by the Allseas Group, a Dutch pipelaying and marine construction firm is the 1972 built 300 metres long SOLITAIRE.

She was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Hiroshima as yn 223 launched on 17th December 1971 and completed in 1972 as the bulk carrier TRENTWOOD until May 1990 and then renamed as AKDENIZ S until May 1992 of which she was acquired by Allseas for conversion into a pipelay vessel. Allseas awarded the conversion contract to Sembawang Shipyards in Singapore on a lump sum basis however, the contract was terminated in 1995. The ship was subsequently converted at the Swan Hunter yard on Tyneside, United Kingdom. Her first pipe laying was in May 1999 during the Statoil’s Europipe II project, a 600-km (372.6-mile).

In 2006, while working on the Atwater Valley and Independence Trail projects in the Gulf of Mexico, SOLITAIRE set new depth records, laying 10-inch pipeline in 2775 m (9100 ft) water depth and 24-inch pipeline in 2550 m (8370 ft) water depth.

All images offshore Malta last Tuesday 30th March, 2021

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Published – Monday 5th July, 2021