THIS giant visitor has been spotted on the Wear.
The MPI Adventure, billed as the “next generation” of offshore wind turbine installation vessels, has been berthed at Corporation Quay, opposite the National Glass Centre. The enormous craft is designed to transport, lift and install wind turbines – and their foundations – and is the world’s most advanced and efficient vessel in terms of lifting capacity.
It has a 1,000-tonne capacity main crane, plus a 50-tonne capacity auxiliary crane, accommodation for 112 people and a maximum operating depth of 40 metres.
The vessel is even able to jack itself clear of the water with 6,000 tonnes of cargo on board.