Solitaire (ship)

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Allseas' Solitaire, pijplegschip.jpg
Solitaire, one of the largest pipe-laying ships in the world
  • Trentwood
  • Solitaire
Owner: Allseas Group
Port of registry:
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hiroshima, Japan
Yard number: 223
Launched: 17 December 1971[2]
Completed: 1972
Status: In service
General characteristics
Length: 300 m (984 ft)
Beam: 40.6 m (133.2 ft)[2]
Draught: 17.62 m
Depth: 24.00 m
Speed: 14.5 kn[2]
Crew: 420

Solitaire is a large self propelled deep sea pipe laying ship. It was at the time of construction the world's largest pipe-laying ship at 300 metres (984 ft) long (excluding pipe-laying apparatus)[3] and 96,000 tonnes (94,000 long tons; 106,000 short tons).[4] When fully operational she has a crew of 420,[4] a pipe carrying capacity of 22,000 tonnes and a pipe lay speed of more than 9 km a day.[5]

It was built in 1972 as a bulk carrier and launched under the name Trentwood by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan,[2] and later converted to a pipe-laying vessel between 1996 and 1998 at Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside in England.[6][7] The ship is owned by the Allseas Group, a Dutch pipelaying and marine construction firm with their headquarters in Switzerland.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Solitaire (IMO: 7129049)". Vessel Tracker. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Search results for "7129049"". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Solitaire, one of the largest pipelay vessels in the world". Allseas. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Killybegs Giant ship boost". Donegal Post. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
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  6. ^ Bradley, Harriet; Mark Erickson; Carol Stephenson; Steve Williams (2000). Myths at work. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 179–180. ISBN 978-0-7456-2271-2.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Palmer, Andrew Clennel (2004). Subsea pipeline engineering. PennWell Books. p. 360. ISBN 978-1-59370-013-3.

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