The Escombreras dock of the port of Cartagena receives the ship ‘Solitaire’, which will make a six-month stopover in the city as a base port in the Mediterranean for the repair and maintenance of offshore platforms, installations which are submerged in the sea or on its surface at a certain distance from the coast.
The pipe-laying vessel is one of the largest in the world and will remain in Escombreras until July for refitting, as the president of the Port Authority, Yolanda Muñoz, explains. It will be berthed at the Southwest quay, which is fitted out for long-stay vessels and oil platforms.
The “Solitaire” is responsible for laying underwater pipelines, where it has carried out operations at depths of more than 2,700 metres. It is almost 300 metres long and has a beam of 40 metres.
The president of the Port Authority announces that they are preparing the facilities to boost this 21st century traffic with the future ‘Barlomar’ terminal, which will be one of the most modern and sustainable in the world, with a surface area of 58 hectares and a berthing area for the offshore industry of 2 hectares that meets all the needs of a growing sector that generates stable and quality employment.