Major deepwater pipelay vessel starts work in North Sea

Final touches are applied to Allseas' Solitaire pipelay vessel at the Swan Hunter yard, Tyneside, U.K., where the vessel arrived in May 1996. In February 1998, Solitaire began sea trials in preparation for her maiden pipelay project for Statoil this month. Edward P. HeeremaAllseas Group S.A. Châtel-St. Denis, Switzerland Industry's deepwater pipelaying capability has received a boost this year with the entry into the world's fleet of Solitaire, a dynamically positioned pipelay vessel of about 350 m including stinger. The converted bulk carrier, formerly the Trentwood, will arrive on station in the North Sea and begin laying pipe this mon...

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