Vroon of the Netherlands has ordered two further offshore wind turbine installation vessels to be operated by its British subsidiary MPI Offshore. The ships will cost $550 million and will be built at Cosco Nantong Shipyard in China. The designs are based on the MV Resolution, the only purpose-built wind turbine installation vessel in the world, which was built in 2003 and has been owned by Vroon since 2006. The new ships will be bigger and will be capable of handling larger turbine towers and blades. Paul Gibson of MPI says that the new vessels will incorporate many smaller and bigger improvements, based on four years of operating experience with the Resolution. "We have been pioneers in the offshore wind turbine installation industry and we have proved that we have the most reliable operating vessel in the industry. Now that offshore wind energy, in particular in the North Sea, is taking off to a much larger scale, we are there again in the forefront with our new enhanced vessels."
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