A&P Group’s Tyne yard welcomed MPI Discovery described as one of the world’s most advanced wind turbine installation vessels into its dry dock last week.
The MPI Discovery is the second vessel owned by Teeside-based MPI Offshore to dock at A&P Group’s Hebburn yard in recent months. The MPI Adventure having already visited the yard in March for a two-week programme of works.
MPI Discovery is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations. Built by Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard, China and delivered in 2012. Key features of MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonnecapacity main crane, plus a 50-tonne-capacity auxiliary crane, accommodation capacity for 112 persons, a maximum operating depth of 40 metres (at 5.0m leg penetration and 7.8m air gap) and an ability to jack with 6,000 tonnes of cargo onboard.
With an overall length of 138.55m and breadth (moulded) 40.80m the 20,000 tonne vessel will now undergo specialist repair by A&P Group’s 150-strong team engineers and technicians, before it returns to service.
Works will include inspection and repair of Azimuth thrusters and Tunnel thrusters, which form part of its Kongsberg K-POS DP-21 dynamic positioning system. Other work will include installation of two new main SW isolation valves and installation of external scupper pipes together with the overall five year survey.
Ash Sinha, Group Business Development Director at A&P Group said: “The MPI Discovery’s arrival made for quite a spectacle as it came up the Tyne and it’s now towering over the yard. It’s certainly one of the most innovative and imposing vessels we’ve had here and we’re delighted to welcome