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Pipelay vessel Solitaire Allseas
Ships and Harbours
No: 7199   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Ireland
Pipelay vessel Solitaire Allseas

The Solitaire, just outside Killybegs.

Solitaire, the largest pipelay vessel in the world, has set new standards in the pipelay industry. Based on the same principles as Lorelay, her ship-shape provides excellent workability. She has a pipe carrying capacity of 22000 t, making her less dependent on offshore pipe supply in hostile areas. Precise manoeuvring on full dynamic positioning allows the vessel to work safely in congested areas. Her high cruising speed and lay speed make her very competitive worldwide.

The vessel has been operational since 1998 and has since steadily improved her performance. A lay speed of over 9 km a day has been achieved, operating the in-house developed Phoenix automatic welding system.

She has laid numerous deepwater pipelines and holds a deepwater pipelay record in 2775 m (9100’). Her S-lay capacity was increased in 2005 to a holding force of 1050 t, enabling her to lay the heaviest pipelines.

Length overall excluding stinger
300 m (984 ft)
Transit speed
13 knots
420 men
Dynamic Positioning system
NMD Class 3 / LR DP (AAA), type Simrad Kongsberg 2x ADP702 & 1 X ADP701
Two pipe transfer cranes x 35 t (77 kips) at 33 m (108 ft), whip hoist 18 t (44 kips) at 42 m (139 ft); special purpose crane, main hoist 300 t (661 kips) at 17 m (56 ft), whip hoist 40 t (88 kips) at 57 m (187 ft)
Working stations
Two double-jointing plants, five welding stations for double joints, one NDT station, four coating stations
Tensioner capacity
3 x 350 t (772 kips) at 30 m/min (100 ft/min)
Pipe diameters
From 2" to 60" O.D.

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Picture added on 07 October 2008
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