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    MPI Workboats exercises option for windfarm support craft

    Vessel & ROV News // August 5, 2010

    MPI Workboats has confirmed†that it has exercised an option for the construction of a†purpose-built windfarm support aluminium catamaran for delivery in June 2011.

    This extension to the companyís newbuilding programme will compliment the sister vessel currently under construction and to be delivered in January 2011.

    Designed specifically for MPI Workboats Ltd, the South Catamaran 17m LS is†17.5m overall with a†6.4m beam and draft of 1m.

    Whilst being an ideal solution for the wind farm support sector generally, the vessels have been uniquely 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 MPIís new building 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 boat builder, South Boats Special Projects Ltd at their Cowes facility.

    Since the commencement of construction of the first vessel in the fleet, MPI Sancho Panza in 2007, MPI have worked closely with South Boats Special Projects to refine the design of their vessels and incorporate innovative solutions to meet the requirements of MPIís customers.

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