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The world’s largest wind turbine installation vessel, the 14,739 DWT MPI Adventure, strolled into the Port of Tyne in the UK on Thursday to pick up some wind measurement equipment to be installed off the coast Blyth near a proposed wind farm site.

The MPI Adventure has been chartered by SeaRoc to complete mast installation for the National Renewable Energy Centre’s Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH) located approximately 3 nautical miles off the coast of Blyth.  The job includes the installation of a 635t tripod foundation, a 100t platform and 25t meteorological mast.  Once completed, the NOAH platform will collect the necessary environmental data, including wind and marine measurements, to inform the development, construction and operation of the proposed Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Site located nearby.

Measuring 138m long by 40m wide, the MPI Adventure is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines and their foundations using a main crane with a 1,000 ton lifting capacity and six legs that can reach 72 meters down.

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