Solitaire, one of the largest pipe-laying ships in the world
|Port of registry|
|Builder||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hiroshima, Japan|
|Launched||17 December 1971|
|Length||300 m (984 ft)|
|Beam||40.6 m (133.2 ft)|
|Propulsion||8x Wartsila 6R46B , 51.50 MW|
Solitaire is a large deep-sea pipe laying ship. It was at the time of conversion the world's largest pipe-laying ship at 300 metres (984 ft) long (excluding pipe-laying apparatus) and 96,000 tonnes (94,000 long tons; 106,000 short tons). When fully operational she has a crew of 420, a pipe carrying capacity of 22,000 tonnes and a pipe lay speed of more than 9 km a day. The ship is owned by the Allseas Group, a Dutch pipelaying and marine construction firm with their headquarters in Switzerland.
In 1992, Allseas acquired Trentwood 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. Solitaire laid her first pipe on Statoil's Europipe project in 1999.
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.
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