MPI Offshore / Resolution Shipping

Project forwarding contract management for the multi million pound build of two offshore wind installation vessels in Shanghai, China

Project description
Johnson Partners was commissioned to coordinate all parties involved in delivering equipment for the new build of two jack-up vessels, Adventure and Discovery, for the installation of offshore wind farms.


MPI Offshore

Project requirements

This large scale project required the delivery of components and equipment from mainland Europe and Scandinavia to a shipyard in Qidong, near Shanghai where the vessels were built. The project was completed on schedule in 18 months.

Johnson Partners synchronised hauliers and shipping lines, as well as expediting and liaising with suppliers. One of the vessels had charterers waiting for it on completion which would have had a huge cost implication if delayed and this placed strict deadlines on the team.

To ensure deadlines were met we sent out of gauge cargo via normal container vessels, instead of as break bulk shipment, as the transit times are shorter and more predictable. Cargo was coordinated from across the European continent and on a number of occasions arrangements had to be made to collect cargo by road and to arrange safe and secure loading and lashing at off-site premises.

Technical Specifications

The main out of gauge cargo included 12 engines manufactured by Rolls Royce. Each engine weighed 40 tonnes and was shipped on heavy tested flat racks.

There were 6 Azimuth Thrusters (a type of propeller for manoeuvring the vessel into position) for each vessel, manufactured by Rolls Royce in Helsinki, Finland and each weighing 31 tonnes.

The containment also included a 50 tonne crane for each vessel manufactured by Liebherr in the UK. Shipment was made by a combination of Break Bulk, Flat racks (out of gauge on L, W & Ht) and standard containers.

Poland manufactured Electrical Switchgear was also contained in the cargo.