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MPI Discovery arrived

As Gdansk Shiprepair Yard “Remontowa” is widely experienced in the area of repairs and conversions of the most complex and technically advanced vessels, highly specialised and unique ships are not a rare sight in docks and along the quays of the shipyard. This time “Remontowa” hosts and services MPI Discovery - one of the world’s largest and powerful vessels purposely built for offshore wind farm installation operations.

Installation of the world’s first offshore Vestas V112 turbine has started at E.ON’s 48 MW Karehamn wind farm in Swedish waters off the Oland island in the Baltic early May, 2013. MPI Discovery was about to carry out the project in two load-outs of eight turbines each, operating from new Vestas facilities at the Danish port of Esbjerg, where a pre-assembly approach is being pioneered.
MPI Discovery has recently commenced installation of the first lot of eight complete offshore wind farm towers with turbines, from 16-unit schedule. The first tower of the new 3 MW machine had already been erected by MPI Discovery to mark the start of a 16-unit campaign off Oland, when some damages were detected in some of the jack-up ship’s spud cans. The ship was ordered to the port of Gdynia in Poland for inspection, where it arrived on May 9, 2013. After initial inspection results the tender for emergency repairs to MPI Discovery was announced, which was won by “Remontowa” SA. and the ship was transferred from Gdynia to the yard on May 21, where it is about.

The ship arrived to the shipyard to undergo repairs following further detailed inspection. She is being serviced without problems with almost full load of seven towers (the eighth one having been installed already on the Karehamn wind farm) and eight sets of turbines and blades. As the yard has ample areas and facilities available, there will be no problem with temporary loud-out of the Wind Turbine Installation Vessel’ cargo on-site, if needed, thus saving time and unnecessary journey to base port of Esbjerg.
MPI Discovery is among the world’s most advanced and most efficient Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIV), in terms of jacking speed, deck space, lifting capacity and positioning capabilities (DP2). Key features on the MPI Discovery include a 1,000-tonne-capacity 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 approx. 6,000 tonnes of cargo onboard.
Heavy lift jack-up vessels dedicated to offshore wind farm installation have already been serviced by “Remontowa”. A few years ago, the somewhat smaller ships Sea Power and Sea Energy, operated by A2Sea, underwent general repairs and maintenance in Gdansk.

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