Manor Marine UK has won a contract for a second offshore wind farm service vessel with Mainprize Offshore, following on from its win of the build contract for the MO8 in 2021.

The second vessel to be built at the site in Portland, UK, the MO9, will be another 26-metre Supa-Swath catamaran designed by Walker Marine Design and due for delivery in early 2023.

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A rendition of the MO9 Photo: Manor Marine UK

“We are excited and extremely pleased to award Manor Marine the contract to build the MO9, which is our eleventh new build out of our 20 vessel operational plan,” said Bob Mainprize, managing director at Mainprize Offshore.

The build of the MO9 will mark the seventh crew transfer vessel built by Manor Marine. Featuring Mainprize’s Supa-Swath hull form, the vessel will have a cargo capacity of 40 tonnes, seating for 24 passengers, 175m² of deck space and a maximum speed of 27 knots.

Leif Cooper, managing director at Manor Marine, said: “We have been working closely with the Mainprize team throughout the MO8 build and are very much looking forward to the continued relationship as we start construction on their eleventh vessel.”

Construction of the MO9 is due to start this month, alongside sister vessel the MO8 at Manor Marine.