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Ports welcomes the world’ first purpose built wind turbine installation vessel into Hartlepool

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the MPI Adventure

the MPI Adventure

PD Ports has welcomed the world’s first purpose built wind turbine  installation vessel into the Port of Hartlepool.  This is first time PD Ports has handled  a vessel of this size at the Port of Hartlepool. 

The MPI Adventure arrived at the Port in late December to  commence work on the Teesside Offshore Windfarm Project, for which the Port of Hartlepool has been  appointed as the main construction logistics hub.

Described as the ‘next generation’ of wind turbine installation  vessels, the arrival of the MPI Adventure adds further credibility to  PD Ports’ ability to handle industry class vessels at Hartlepool, required for  the size and scale of offshore wind projects.

The Teesside Offshore Windfarm Project, being developed by EDF Energy  Renewables, requires the MPI Adventure to transport the 27 turbines, in  particular the towers, Nacelles and blades, out to sea, some 1.5km off the shore of Redcar.  This is expected to complete in early  spring.

Over 100 people are involved in the offshore construction programme,   operating out of the project supply base established at Hartlepool.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ managing director, bulks, ports and  logistics, said: “The arrival of the MPI Adventure highlights our  capability to handle large, industry class offshore vessels at the Port of  Hartlepool whilst further demonstrating our continued progression and growing  strength in this sector.”

Peter Robinson, MD, MPI Offshore Ltd, said: “MPI is delighted to be involved with  this challenging project and look forward to completing the installation of 27  wind turbines in a safe and timely manner.

“MPI is a locally based ship and construction management organisation  seen as premier installer of offshore windfarms.  We are proud to be part of the PD Ports  and EDF Renewable Energy teams in bringing this offshore renewable energy  facility to Teesside.”

Tim Bland, EDF Project Manager, said “EDF are very pleased to welcome  the MPI Adventure to the project. The vessel is much more weather  tolerant than the vessel previously engaged for this work and we believe this  offers the best opportunity to complete the build of the offshore Wind Turbines  over the Winter period.”

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