GALVESTON The Castorone, the world s largest pipe-laying vessel, docked at the island s port Feb. 22 with 340 crew members aboard to prepare the vessel for its first job in the ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The ship, owned by Italy s Saipem and built in Singapore last year, is docked at piers 32-34, where crews are installing the third part of its stinger, a boom that extends astern to support the pipe and control the curvature as it s fed into the water.

The ship is 1,082 feet long. When the stinger and helideck are included, the vessel is 1,300 feet long, officials said. Saipem, the largest European drilling and engineering contractor for the oil industry, owns the ship.

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