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Port return for senior wind cluster figure

A FAMILIAR face in the renewables industry has returned to Port of Grimsby East.

Port return for senior wind cluster figure

Chris Holden, a key figure in the early development of offshore wind in North East Lincolnshire with RES, has taken the role of general manager with Offshore Painting Services.

He joins the ambitious business founded in Liverpool by brothers Paul and David Jones, heading up the Grimsby office.

Mr Holden, a director and past chairman of Grimsby Renewables Partnership, worked alongside wind farm developers and operators for five years before joining training organisation AIS as it arrived at HCF Catch in Stallingborough.

Now he has returned to the operations side of the sector.

Paul said: “This appointment underlines our commitment to the area, and it is great that we have been able to attract someone like Chris. He buys in to what we believe in, what we are about and what we want to do.

“We really want local people, we have an interest in the area, and that’s what we are looking to do, and have done.”

OPS currently has 16 people working at Hull, eight on the Dudgeon pre-assembly and the same again on Race Bank at Green Port Hull.

A framework contract with MHI Vestas on Humber Gateway also kicks in again next month, working from the established E.on base, just across the dock from the Faringdon Road base.

Mr Holden, who also worked for Anglia Water for several years before joining the offshore wind industry, said: “It is great to be able to see the boats on the water again from the office, it brings me back to where I was extremely happy.

“To see the investment continuing, with the new boat hoist and the emerging marine control centre is great. It is all good for the borough.

“I have seen a lot of companies come along, including the likes of Dong Energy and James Fisher, and it is great to be part of another company joining this environment in this capacity to build on what is going on.

“We all know what is coming and it is great to be with a company that can see the potential for more growth in Grimsby.”

He will remain as a director of GRP.

As previously reported, OPS was set up by Mr Jones after he realised the scale of opportunity when posted to Mostyn Docks for a job for a general industrial painter. He found himself working on wind turbine components alongside RWE and Siemens.

Eight years on and he and his brother employ more than 40 people, having also brought forward a 16,000 sq ft training facility in the north west.

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