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FOCUS ON WHITBY & SCARBOROUGH FEATURE SPONSOR


OFFSHORE WIND TAKING SHAPE ON THE


AND THERE’S MORE!... • 54 North Maritime Training – (a branch of the highly acclaimed Whitby Fishing Industry Training School) are proposing the development of a brand new Maritime Training Facility in the Borough


YORKSHIRE COAST


After 6 years of work alongside the offshore renewables sector things are taking shape on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast.


As Local Authority and Port Authority for the North Yorkshire Coast Scarborough Borough Council have been determined that this stretch of coast and the surrounding hinterland aka ‘God's own country’ benefit from the round 2 and 3 investments in the northern North Sea.


SIGNIFICANT PORTS


The historically significant Ports at Scarborough and Whitby are well placed to provide support to the next generation of offshore wind developments.


Geographically the closet ports to the Dogger Bank and with excellent transit times to the Hornsea sites these regional ports intend to become significant once more.


Alex Richards: Economic Project Development Manager at Scarborough Borough Council commented: “There is a significant amount of ‘action and traction’ now building around our ambition to become a service hub for the offshore sector.


In Whitby, Dalby Offshore Services, are setting forth on establishment of the Yorkshire Offshore Renewables Operations and Maintenance Centre, a circa £4m port facility which will house the offshore service sector & supply chain cluster necessary to support Round 2 and 3 activity off our coast.”


• Engineering UTC – will open in Scarborough in September 2016 providing education and inspiration to the next generation of renewables engineers and technicians


• Coventry University – are opening a new campus in Scarborough and are in the process of developing a bespoke maritime, renewables and offshore syllabus and qualifications


• Over 200 acres of serviced business space – has been made available and business support packages are in place to assist supply chain companies in serving the sector


Alex concluded: “Industry association Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) have recognised the opportunity and interest occurring in this part of the world and are opening a regional office in Scarborough to support and expand their membership in the area.”


EMBRACING THE OPPORTUNITY Cllr Derek Bastiman Leader of Scarborough Borough Council stated: “In our role as Harbour Authority and as authority responsible for the economic development of the wider area we are embracing the significant opportunity that offshore renewables brings.


“We have over £40m of proposed port improvements and supply chain investment in the pipeline for the coming months to support of our maritime sectors.


“We pride ourselves on being an approachable, entrepreneurial and customer focused team who will work with partners to deliver the best outcomes for the industry, our communities and the economy.”


PERSONAL INTERVIEW


As the area had grasped the opportunities while others had been ‘waiting to see what will happen’ we then interviewed Alex Richards to find out more…


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