Lorelay is a versatile vessel optimised for the execution of small and medium diameter pipeline projects of any length in unlimited water depths, and for associated work such as the installation of risers and subsea protection frames.
As the world’s first pipelay vessel to operate on full dynamic positioning (DP), Lorelay represented a new generation of offshore pipelaying vessel. Her ship-shape allows for a high transit speed, while a large pipe storage capacity means she is much less dependent on offshore pipe supply. Due to her excellent workability, Lorelay has made her mark worldwide.
Precise manoeuvring on full DP allows Lorelay to work safely in congested areas and lay pipes in very deep water. Pipeline start-ups and lay-downs are executed in very quick time ensuring any disruption to any other activities near platforms is minimised.
Lorelay has laid many deepwater steel pipelines. In 1996 she extended the limits of S-lay installation, rewriting the industry record books in the process, by laying pipe at a depth of 1,645 m (5,400 ft).
Length overall (incl. stinger)
236 m (744 ft)
Length overall (excl. stinger)
182.5 m (600 ft)
- Length between perpendiculars
150 m (491 ft)
25.8 m (85 ft)
Total installed power
Dynamic positioning system
NMD Class 3 / LR DP (AAA), fully redundant Kongsberg K-Pos DP-22,
K-Pos DP-12 and cJoy system
Special purpose crane:
300 t (661 kips) at 14 m (46 ft)
Pipe transfer crane:
16 t (35 kips) at 33 m (108 ft)
6 (single joint) welding, 1 NDT and up to 3 coating stations (extra optional stations possible depending on project requirements)
3 x 55 t (3 x 121 kips) at 20 m/min (66 ft/min)
Optional 4th tensioner of 100 t
(220 kips) aft of coating station
From 2" to 28" OD
- Pipe cargo capacity