MPI Windfarm Construction Vessels Win Award
MPI Offshore Limited was presented earlier in the year with the Inaugural Offshore Renewables Award at the Annual Offshore Support Journal Awards event
MPI Offshore’s new generation of offshore wind turbine installation vessels are expanding the envelope of the renewables industry, taking it into deeper water and harsher environments. With a new generation of offshore windfarms under construction in more remote locations and harsher environments, MPI Offshore has started operating two new advanced wind turbine installation vessels.
These specialised vessels – MPI Adventure and MPI Discovery – were designed by GustoMSC and built at the Cosco Qidong and Cosco Nantong shipyards in China. They can operate in deeper waters and harsher sea and weather conditions than the previous generation of windfarm construction vessels, increasing the operational envelope of the offshore renewables industry.
In recognition of the investment and operation of two of the world’s most sophisticated windfarm construction vessels, MPI was the inaugural winner of OSJ’s Offshore Renewables award. In response, MPI Managing Director Peter Robinson said, “We are delighted to be recognised with this award. It is testament to the exceptional performance and capability of our vessels and further strengthens our position as the world leader. The team at MPI Offshore are immensely proud of our achievements.”
The enhanced vessel characteristics have been achieved without losing the original concept of a unique combination of tested technologies, pioneered by MPI on its first wind turbine installation vessel, MPI Resolution. The experience gained from operating this ship in the offshore wind turbine installation market since 2003 has proved vital in implementing these enhancements, said MPI’s chairman Paul Gibson, speaking at the time that MPI Discovery was handed over.