MPI Offshore takes delivery of MPI AdventureVessel & ROV News // April 19, 2011
MPI Offshore Limited (MPI) has taken delivery of MPI Adventure, the first of two state-of-the art wind turbine installation vessels to be built at the Cosco Qidong Shipyard. The second vessel, MPI Discovery, is scheduled for delivery later this year.
MPI Adventure is a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations.
MPI Offshore claims that she is "the world's most advanced and most efficient WTIV," in terms of jacking speed, deck space, lifting capacity and positioning capabilities (DP2).
"These enhanced characteristics have been achieved without losing the original concept of a unique combination of tested technologies, pioneered by MPI on its first WTIV, MPI Resolution," the company said. "The experience gained from operating MPI Resolution in the offshore wind turbine installation market since 2003 has proved vital in implementing these enhancements."
Key features of MPI Adventure include a 1,000 tonne main crane, plus a 50 tonne auxiliary crane, accommodation capacity for 112 persons, a maximum operating depth of 40m (at 5.0m leg penetration and 7.8m air gap) and an ability to jack with 6,000 tonnes of cargo onboard.
Following completion of the repositioning voyage from China and arrival in European waters, MPI Adventure will be engaged in the installation of foundation components for the London Array Offshore Wind Farm in the United Kingdom.