New Rock Dumping Record Established by Van Oord

A new rock dumping record has been established by Van Oord 's flexible fallpipe vessel Tertnes, the vessel having completed the protection of a cable crossing in water depths of 887m.

The record was established during the work on the 32in Libya Gas Transmission System (LGTS) pipeline, which will transport gas from Mellitah, Libya, to Sicily, Italy, across the Mediterranean.

The offshore section of the pipeline is 516km long and has been at a maximum water depth of 1,117m.

Van Oord was subcontracted by the Italian pipelaying company Saipem to carry out the rock-dumping on six cable crossing locations along the LGTS pipeline.

The previous record for rock-dumping was also established in the Mediterranean Sea in 1997 - just east of Gibraltar - in water depths of 820m.

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