MPI Offshore says its turbine installation vessel MPI Resolution has been contracted by RWE for the removal of the IJmuiden met mast. In 2011, RWE installed a 100m high met mast in waters of up to 26m, approximately 85km off the Dutch coast. The mast was built on a monopile foundation, 65m long and with a diameter of almost 3.5m. Its main purpose has been to gather meteorological data in preparation for the construction and operation of future wind farms in the IJmuiden Ver windfarm area.
MPI Resolution will commence removal and disposal works during 2016. The vessel was the world’s first purpose-built turbine installation vessel and was designed to transport, lift, install and decommission components. In late 2015, MPI Resolution underwent an upgrade to full DP II classification, enhancing her operational capabilities.