Potential of Grimsby floats firm’s boat
GRIMSBY "has a strong role to play" in offshore wind, the latest entrant to the market to show off its wares in North East Lincolnshire, has told.
Njord Offshore has just brought two 21m multi-purpose crew transfer vessels home to the UK from Singapore, with the Humber's first port of call selected to showcase one half of the multi-million-pound investment.
The Essex-based firm, a new division of Norse Management, a 31-year-old marine control and investment operation, will be chartering the vessels from today, having undergone trials in South East Asia and at Greater Gabbard wind farm, off the Suffolk coast.
Tom Mehew, Njord's commercial director, said: "Grimsby certainly has a lot to offer, that is very much the case. There is a lot going on here. In terms of Lynn and Inner Dowsing and Lincs, they are operating already with Centrica here. Then there's E.on coming and others too, no doubt. There is a huge amount to be done out of Grimsby."
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At 21m, the catamaran Njord Avocet is larger than most vessels currently operating out of Port Of Grimsby East.
With a range of 800 miles, she has high-capacity diesel tanks that enable her to act as a floating fuel pump for generators housed within turbines that are awaiting connection, providing a power source for technicians at work, as well as a taxi service.
She also features a 10ft container berth and a 6.5 tonne crane on the foredeck, with a further container berth on the aft deck.
Taking a close look was Chris Holden, hosting the vessel as offshore operations manager at RES, and chairman of Grimsby Renewables Partnership.
He said: "Once again, this shows the capability and capacity that Grimsby has to attract operators in the industry.
"I am very pleased that Tom has chosen to launch his vessel in Grimsby. We think that shows the desire of some of the other operators out there to come and work from this port."
Capable of carrying 12 technicians with individual suspension seating, the vessel offers sleeping accommodation for six crew, and the spacious galley includes a kitchenette, wet lockers and tool storage, as well as sofa seating around a table.
She can reach speeds of 26 knots, and "turn on a sixpence" according to the two-man wheelhouse team.