MPI acquires RWE’s “Victoria Mathias”

Wednesday, 7 January, 2015 - 09:45
Originally in possession of RWE, “Victoria Mathias” will from now on expand MPI’s fleet. (Photo: RWE Innogy)
Originally in possession of RWE, “Victoria Mathias” will from now on expand MPI’s fleet. (Photo: RWE Innogy)

MPI Offshore acquired the installation vessel “Victoria Mathias” from RWE Innogy. Victoria Mathias was built 2011 and is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations.

Victoria Mathias will expand MPI’s fleet, creating new opportunities. Key features of Victoria Mathias include a 1,000-tonne-capacity main crane, a maximum operating depth of 45 metres and the ability to jack with 4,350 tonnes of cargo on board. In addition to the vessel itself, MPI has also purchased a range of installation equipment, including a pile hammer, pile gate, specialist lifting tackle and numerous vessel spares, all of which complement the ship’s operations. Concerning the purchase price, MPI and RWE have agreed confidentiality.

“MPI personnel have been impressed by the performance of Victoria Mathias during jacket foundation and 6.2 MW turbine installation processes and by the installation rates achieved. We see this as an excellent opportunity to combine the experience and synergies of both organisations and enhance MPI’s future business performance”, the company writes in a press release.

Following closely in the traditions of the existing MPI fleet (MPI Resolution, MPI Adventure and MPI Discovery), Victoria Mathias will be renamed “MPI Enterprise” and will operate under the Dutch flag. The vessel has been delivered to MPI in early January 2015 and will continue her current charter at RWE Innogy’s offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost off the German coast.

Katharina Garus

Vessel particulars

Name of vessel Victoria Mathias (to be renamed MPI Enterprise)
Year built 2011
Builder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea
Design Wärtsilä & IMS for RWE Innogy
Length overall 100 m (Hull)
Gross tonnage 11,730 T
Deck area Approx. 2,800 m2
Variable load to 4,350 T
Max. operational water depth 45 m
Crane type Liebherr BOS 35000
Max. lifting capacity 1,000 T@ 23 m
Helideck Yes
Service speed 7.5 kn w/o spudcans, 6.0 kn with spudcans
Accommodation facilities POB 60


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