This ship is due to anchor tomorrow at 0700hrs at No.3 anchorage Firth of Clyde [off the town of Largs]
She will be at anchor for about 5 days taking on pipes supplied by tenders.
I am hoping to get down tomorrow to get some photographs that may be of interest to members.
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 long tons; 106,000 short tons). 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 Dutch pipe laying and marine construction firm with their headquarters in Switzerland.
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