Crane installed on MPI AdventureVessel & ROV News // November 12, 2010
On 19 October MPI Offshore celebrated a further milestone in the construction of its state-of-the-art wind turbine installation vessel MPI Adventure with the installation of the 1,000-tonne-capacity main crane.
The main crane, which was designed by Gusto MSC of the Netherlands, was constructed in China and transported to Cosco Nantong Shipyard by barge.
Following arrival at the Shipyard, the construction teams executed with pinpoint accuracy the lifting of the crane from the barge and placement of the “back mast” of the crane in its final position on the main deck of the vessel. The next stages in the overall installation of the main crane will be the mounting of the crane boom, crane wires and final commissioning activities.
The main crane will be the workhorse of the MPI Adventure and will be capable of lifting loads up to 1,000 tonnes to a height of more than 100m. The electro-hydraulic crane weighs over 400 tonnes.
Whilst the majority of the crane’s work will take place when the installation vessel is in the jacked-up position, the main crane will also be capable of significant lifting performance whilst the vessel is in the floating position, either at sea or in port.
Following the arrival of MPI Adventure in European waters during the early spring of 2011, the main crane will cut its teeth during the installation of monopile foundations for the London Array offshore windfarm.