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The Solitaire is the largest pipe-laying ship in the world at 300 metres (984 ft) long (excluding pipe-laying apparatus) and 96,000 tonnes (94,000 LT; 106,000 ST).


When fully operational she has a crew of 420, a pipe carrying capacity of 22,000 metric tons and a pipe lay speed of more than 9 km a day.


She was built in 1972 as a bulk carrier and launched under the name Trentwood by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan, and later converted to a pipe-laying vessel between 1996 and 1998 at Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside in England.


The ship is owned by the Allseas Group, a Swiss pipelaying and marine construction firm.


Source: Wikipedia


Vessel's Details:

Ship Type: Cargo

Year Built: 1972

Length x Breadth: 300 m X 40 m

DeadWeight: 127435 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 7 / 6.1 knots

Flag: Panama [PA]

Call Sign: 3ECI8

IMO: 7129049, MMSI: 351597000


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Taken on March 7, 2011