Shipyard completes first offshore support vessel

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A MARINE engineering specialist has completed a £3m contract for the first of a new generation of offshore support vessels.

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer Burgess Marine has built the 25-metre craft for Mainprize Offshore at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester.

The boat, the MO2, was delivered at the Seawork 2015 commercial marine and workboat conference in Southampton when Mainprize also signed a contract with Burgess Marine for a second vessel.

Mainprize Offshore expects to create up to 30 new jobs in total with the potential for more from future builds.

It will place MO2 into charter service on the day of its handover for dive inspection work on the Greater Gabbard wind farm off Lowestoft in Suffolk.

Mainprize, which has 20 staff, will manage and operate the MO2 on a three-month contract to transfer personnel and equipment to and from the Greater Gabbard field.

Greater Gabbard is a 504MW wind farm 14 miles off Lowestoft, which opened in 2013 at a cost of £1.6bn.