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Fendercare Marine officially opens its Great Yarmouth offshore wind turbine support base
On Thursday 19 July 2012, Norfolk-based Fendercare Marine officially opened its Great Yarmouth offshore wind turbine support base.
The company’s new facility on the Old Bure Marine site in Cobholm follows on from the success of its first base in Lyness, Orkney and will provide an extensive range of support services and equipment to the expanding offshore wind industry.
The Great Yarmouth site, which cost in excess of £1 million, includes a large set down and storage area as well as quayside frontage and office facilities.
The base was officially opened by the MP for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, who later tweeted: “A super new facility in Great Yarmouth, a pleasure to welcome such a good investment in our town”.
Following the official opening Norfolk-based formation display team, Wildcat Aerobatics, did a fly past and there was a rescue demonstration by the local RNLI.
The new base provides mobilisation and de-mobilisation facilities, maintenance and repair facilities with land storage, fully equipped project management offices and bunkering services.
The new Fendercare Marine base will provide a hub for all types of offshore activity in the Southern North Sea. It has mooring facilities for up to three offshore support craft at a time, with additional capacity for a further five vessels on land.
John Best, Fendercare’s Head of Sustainable Energy, said: “Over the last two years we identified the offshore renewable industry as being one with substantial and sustained growth. This base is part of our investment in offshore, sustainable energy business. Specific business opportunities in the nascent offshore wave and tidal businesses are being successfully harnessed through operations managed from our Lyness base in the Orkney Islands and now through our Marine service base here in Great Yarmouth.”
Fendercare Marine, a member of leading marine service provider James Fisher and Sons plc, has seen considerable growth and expansion over the last few years and is expected to turnover in excess of £160 million this year. It has ambitious targets to treble this over the next four years and with a diverse and expanding portfolio of equipment and services operating in the marine and offshore industries world-wide, this target does not look unrealistic.
Fendercare Marine Managing Director Eric Plane said: “This base is part of Fendercare’s overall strategy to becoming more involved in the energy industry world-wide, both in terms of the oil and gas industries as well as renewables. The facility will enable us to do what we do best: provide an excellent reliable service and it will act as a conduit to bring solutions from other James Fisher group companies to the Southern North Sea area.”
“We are very excited by this opportunity to expand our local facilities and provide a very much needed service to the area,” added Mr Plane. “We will be using this platform to evaluate further strategic locations around the country where additional support bases may be required in future.”