MPI Resolution Wades Into Deeper Waters
MPI Offshore’s wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, is currently undergoing installation of leg extensions at the company’s Tees offshore base in Middlesbrough, UK.
Following these modifications, MPI Resolution will be able to operate in water depths of up to 35m, depending upon the site-specific data. This represents a gain of up to 7m on the previous jacking capabilities of the vessel, MPI said.
Modification works started in mid-September and the ten-week work schedule is being undertaken by local fabrication and engineering firm Wilton Engineering Services Ltd, with the vessel jacked alongside to deck height of 25m above the quay.
MPI Resolution is the world’s first purpose-built WTIV. Designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components, the vessel features a dynamic-positioning system,a jacking system, 3,200m2 deck space, accommodation facilities and 600Te lifting capacity.
In late 2015, the 2003-built MPI Resolution underwent an upgrade to full DP II classification. The possibility to install leg extensions was foreseen during construction, with vessel design accommodating this option.
Those interested in hearing more about MPI Resolution and the company’s involvement in the offshore energy industry in general can meet representatives from MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services during the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), held on 25 and 26 October at the RAl, in Amsterdam.