A second offshore windfarm service vessel is to be built for the same customer, following the win of the build contract for the first in 2021.

Manor Marine will build the MO9, the eleventh new build of a 20 vessel operational plan for Mainprize Offshore.

Manor Marine UK Ltd has secured the contract with Mainprize Offshore to build the vessel at the Portland site. The MO9 follows the MO8, due this year, and will be another 26-metre Supa-Swath catamaran designed by Walker Marine Design, due for delivery in early 2023.

The build of the MO9 will mark the seventh crew transfer vessel constructed by Manor Marine and will feature Mainprize’s signature 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.

Bob Mainprize, Managing Director at Mainprize Offshore said, “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. The award clearly demonstrates the confidence we have with the Manor team and offers a long-term partnership to enable Mainprize to offer high quality, high performance and efficient vessels, built and delivered on time.”

Leif Cooper, Managing Director at Manor Marine commented, “We are extremely pleased to be awarded the second vessel build for Mainprize Offshore. We have been working closely with the Mainprize team throughout the current 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. The MO8 is scheduled for delivery in May 2022