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EDITOR INTERVIEWS ONE-STOP-SH FOR OFFSHORE GOODS AND SERVICES


We met up with Alex Taylor, Managing Director of the Huttons Group, the UK’s leading supplier to the maritime industry, at their offices in Hull.


The Huttons Group has been in the maritime and shipping sector for almost 200 years and their history has been concentrated on supplying goods and services to vessels coming to and leaving the UK. They recognised the potential of long term business serving the needs of the offshore wind industry some time ago. The Group have been serving the needs of the oil & gas industry and many of their customers were getting involved in the offshore wind sector. It therefore made sense to follow that lead and take advantage of the opportunities which presented themselves.


SERVICES


With offices in many areas around the UK their main focus is on large vessels and projects with experience of supplying oil tankers, cruise ships and ferries with 95% of their offshore business coming out of their offices in Aberdeen.


Other offices and facilities’ locations include… • Middlesbrough • London • Gt Yarmouth • Edinburgh • Pembroke • Lerwick


The supply of provisions and consumables at first comes to mind however there is a bit more to the organisation than that as they also supply maintenance equipment and materials as well as logistics expertise. They have warehouses for storage and can manage a client’s needs for spares as an example.


PERSONAL BACKGROUND Alex’s family has been involved in the shipping industry for generations whether going to sea or working in ports. A distant relative by the name of James Bell who worked in the timber industry was responsible for the move into the ships chandlers’ trade – a young and very shrewd man who managed to raise considerable finance from banks both in Norway and the UK to purchase a sailing ship. Quite an achievement circa 1885 with very little in the way of communication at that time.


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