WITT Gas has revealed its role in what it describes as an ‘extraordinary’ project – the company is to supply the gas mixing technology for the largest working ship currently in construction.

The ‘Pieter Schelte’ ship is set to be launched in 2013, after three years of construction at DSME in South Korea.

The ship, being built for the Swiss Allseas Group, will have a striking profile at 1250 feet in length and 383 in width. In terms of its size, it will surpass the ‘Solitaire’, which until now had been the largest ship of this type.

“The welding technology is a key function on the ship. The decision to opt for our technology will help ensure a reliable and efficient working result”

Martin Bender, WITT

Besides loading drilling decks, the main tasks of the ship will include the laying of oil and gas pipelines. Steel pipes up to 68 inches in diameter will be welded in succession on board and lowered onto the seabed.

WITT will provide gas mixing technology, with the systems intended for the major welding facilities on board the ship, which cost €1.3 billion to build.

“The welding technology is a key function on the ship,” confirmed WITT sales manager Martin Bender. “The decision to opt for our technology will help ensure a reliable and efficient working result.”

Witt gas blenders and analyzers will supply the numerous welding stations with mixed gas comprising argon, carbon dioxide and helium. Gas mixing and analysis systems from WITT ensure an effective gas supply at the highest technological level in many other applications as well – in metalworking or glassmaking, the food industry and in laser technology.