The 397m vessel MV Solitaire is the largest ship ever to have passed IJmuiden’s massive sea lock, on its way to a berth at the Dutch Offshore Base in Amsterdam.

The pipe-laying vessel is used for the construction of natural gas pipeline systems and oil pipelines. Before the vessel is scheduled to return to sea in summer 2016, the 300t SPC (special Purpose Crane) was replaced by an 850t Huisman SPC by Conquest MB1.

"We believe that Conquest MB 1 heavy lift barge is the right tool for all kinds of challenging jobs. Looking at the time schedule, dimensions and weight of the installed components it certainly was a challenge. Especially as we were also preparing for departure for the next job," the company says.

Conquest MB1 is now underway to Mexico for a salvage job in the Gulf of Mexico.