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    MPI acquires turbine installation vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // January 6, 2015

    MPI Offshore has acquired Victoria Mathias from RWE Innogy. Victoria Mathias is a 2011-built wind turbine installation vessel, designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations. Key features include a 1,000-tonne-capacity main crane, a maximum operating depth of 45m and the ability to jack with 4,350 tonnes of cargo on board.

    "Victoria Mathias will bring valuable added strength and breadth to our fleet, creating new opportunities and enabling us to provide a wider range of services to clients, both existing and new," said the company.

    In addition to the vessel itself, MPI has also purchased a range of installation equipment, including a pile hammer, pile gate, specialist lifting tackle and numerous vessel spares, all of which complement the shipís operations.

    "MPI personnel have been impressed by the performance of Victoria Mathias during jacket foundation and 6.2 MW turbine installation processes and by the installation rates achieved. We see this as an excellent opportunity to combine the experience and synergies of both organisations and enhance MPIís future business performance," the company said.

    Victoria Mathias will be renamed MPI Enterprise and will operate under the Dutch flag. The vessel was delivered to MPI in early January and will continue her current charter at RWE Innogyís offshore windfarm Nordsee Ost off the German coast.

    "We will work closely with the existing ship management company, NSB, for the foreseeable future, to combine the best processes of both companies and ensure continuity of the vesselís impressive performance," said MPI Offshore. Both partners have agreed confidentiality concerning the purchase price.

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