Excitement mounts at potential of proposed wind energy hub in Grimsby
THE multi-million pound proposal that brings Grimsby's Royal Dock further into focus for the burgeoning offshore wind industry has been greeted with excitement in the sector.
And for one of the town's early pioneers, today's headlines are hugely satisfying, with all involved keen to see the vision become a reality, with contracts signed and firm commitments made in the weeks and months to come.
As Danish Consul for South Humber and Lincolnshire, Kurt Christensen flies the flag for Denmark and Britain with equal measure, from his office at the stone's throw from the Royal Dock itself, where he has brought in several project vessels.
With a strong background in fish, he is now at the forefront of the wind sector, with a fleet of crew transfer catamarans, and a strong agency arm looking after the boats used to build the turbines.
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The recent recipient of a first class knighthood from his native country, state-owned Dong Energy is a company he is familiar with.
Mr Christensen, managing director of Windpower Support, said: "This plan we have got here has real potential. Any plans that Dong has for future investment in offshore wind are going to be of benefit. The fact they appear to have chosen Grimsby is great, it really is brilliant.
"The Fish Docks has developed at pace. This is establishing Grimsby firmly as an operations and maintenance centre, and the one thing I really do like, is that Dong is looking to use this for both construction of the wind farm and the maintenance of it.
"When you get involved with the construction you get so many people coming in and out of the town, it is really good, a real shot in the arm. Make no mistake, Grimsby will have been in competition with a lot of other East Coast ports. People are realising what I have said for a long time. The sheer work ethic that exists in people in Grimsby, in the locality, the can-do attitude is helping to attract these people. You cannot take the strategic element out of it – geographically it is as good as it gets – but there are other areas that could be of interest. We have shown what we can do, first with Centrica and others following."