Construction of a new-generation pipelay vessel is nearing completion in Singapore ahead of commissioning and sea trials later this year. Allseas Marine Contractors S.A.'s Solitaire is being converted from a bulk carrier to the world's largest dynamically positioned lay vessel. It will incorporate a recently developed and tested automatic welding system. Allseas said during a presentation to the Journal at the Sembawang Shipyard Ltd. this past December that the vessel's features will permit it nearly to double current lay rates of comparable lay vessels. CONVERSION STRATEGY Allseas undertook to bui...

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