MPI Workboats orders windfarm support vessels

Vessel & ROV News - June 27, 2012

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MPI Workboats has ordered four wind turbine support/transfer vessels.

The vessels will be constructed by South Boats Special Projects Ltd on the Isle of Wight and will increase the MPI Workboats fleet to 12 vessels, a reflection of the rapid pace at which this area of the business is expanding.

MPI Workboats is part of the Vroon Shipping Group. It currently operates seven crew transfer vessels, between 15m and 20m, and all built by South Boats. An eighth vessel is due for delivery shortly.

The four additional vessels are to be identical and first of class for a new breed of UK offshore wind-farm-support vessels.

The South Catamaran 19m GL WFSV has been designed with MPI Workboats Ltd to meet the changing and ever-more-demanding requirements of supporting UK offshore windfarms.

The criteria were to produce a vessel providing high performance, reduced fuel consumption and higher levels of passenger comfort, all coupled to the usual highlights and benefits expected from a South Catamaran, such as superior seakeeping, unrivalled build quality and class-leading cargo-carrying capabilities.

This series is powered by twin MAN V12-1200hp main engines coupled to Rolls Royce FF600 water jets for sprint speeds approaching 30 knots.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery between February and September 2013. There are further options for additional vessels to be delivered into 2014.

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