MPI to extend workboat fleet with two more newbuildsVessel & ROV News // May 27, 2010
MPI Workboats in the UK has announced that an order has been placed for what it called a state-of-the-art, purpose-built windfarm support catamaran for delivery in January 2011, with an option for a further sister vessel to be delivered five months later in June 2011.
Said the company: "Designed specifically for MPI Workboats Ltd the South Catamaran 17m LS is a radical development over existing models to cover a multitude of roles demanded by windfarm site owner and operators."
The vessels will be an overall length of 17.5m, 6.4m beam and draft of 1m. Whilst being an ideal solution for the windfarm support sector generally, the vessels have been specifically designed to offer the maximum length and beam possible whilst still being able to enter the Fish Dock at the Port of Grimsby at any stage of the tide.
Realisation of MPI's newbuilding programme will increase their workboat fleet from four vessels to six and will assist in meeting the ever increasing demand in the rapidly developing offshore wind industry.
The newbuild programme will be carried out by Isle of Wight manufacturer South Boats Special Projects Ltd at their Cowes facility.
Since the commencement of construction of the first vessel in its fleet MPI Sancho Panza in 2007, MPI has worked closely with South Boats Special Projects to refine the design of their vessels and incorporate innovative solutions to meet the requirements of MPI's customers.
Leslie Robertson, Operations Manager for MPI Workboats said "We are delighted to announce our latest fleet extension programme and look upon this development of the business as just the beginning. Our vessels and crew are always in high demand and I feel confident that we are rapidly moving towards the position required to embrace the challenges of the fast moving wind industry."