MPI Discovery

UK shipyard owner A&P Group’s Tyne yard has included a wind turbine installation vessel on its dry dock.

Christened MPI Discovery, it is the second vessel owned by Teeside-based MPI Offshore to dock at A&P Group’s Hebburn yard, sealing A&P’s operation in the renewables sector.

A&P Group group business development director Ash Sinha 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.

“The MPI Discovery’s arrival made for quite a spectacle as it came up the Tyne.”

"It’s certainly one of the most innovative and imposing vessels we have had here and we are delighted to welcome our second vessel from MPI Offshore.

"The UK’s offshore renewable energy sector is world-leading and A&P Group has the facilities and skilled workforce to really capitalise on that. Our work on this vessel gives us the perfect opportunity to establish A&P Group as a key player in the offshore renewables industry."

Claimed to be one of world’s most advanced and efficient wind turbine installation vessels, MPI Discovery is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations.

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The 20,000t vessel is scheduled to undergo specialist repair by A&P Group’s team of 150 engineers and technicians, before it is rendered operational.

The team will conduct inspection and repair work on the Azimuth thrusters and Tunnel thrusters, including the installation of two new main SW isolation valves and external scupper pipes, together with the overall five year survey.

Last month, A&P Group’s Tyne yard was awarded a contract for the maintenance and repair of the wind turbine installation vessel, MPI Adventure.

Image: A&P Group introduces MPI Discovery at its Tyne yard. Photo: courtesy of A&P Group.