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New vessel operator sails into Grimsby after winning Siemens contract

A NEW offshore wind vessel operator is sailing into Grimsby, having won the tender to serve Lynn and Inner Dowsing for Siemens.

New vessel operator sails into Grimsby after winning Siemens contract

Iceni Marine has taken over the crew transfer provision for the first wind farms to emerge out of the town.

A total of 12 jobs are anticipated to be created, with two vessels and back-up cover allocated to the dual locations, just off the coast at Skegness.

Richard Thurlow, operations director, said: “Working with Siemens we will be running technicians to Lynn and Inner Dowsing project from Grimsby every day. The contract is for a year, with some options, and we are looking forward to it.

“There are three clear areas in the UK for this, with Grimsby being one of the biggest. Liverpool Bay, the Wash and the Humber, and we now have them covered off. We have done some smaller jobs from Grimsby, in 2011, but it was for a little while. and nothing as significant as this.”

Launched in 2009 by Mr Thurlow, who had four years experience with a competitor having worked on Scroby Sands, the business was bought out in 2013 by Scotland’s Turner Group. Headquartered in Lowestoft, it will operate from the North Quay base first established by original wind farm owner Centrica.

The previous contract was served by Windcat, which also has its UK base in Lowestoft. It remains operational in town, serving Lincs, which is in the final stages of handover from Centrica to Orsted.

For the new operator, vessels Iceni Courage and Iceni Defiant will head to town, at 15m and 17.5m respectively. Both were built by South Boats of Isle of Wight, in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and have capacity for 12 passengers and two crew.

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