CWind group's east coast expansion continues

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Sep 2017

AN offshore wind operator that has been a firm fixture in Grimsby has extended its footprint further up the east coast, while underlining the Humber port's credentials.

Chelmsford-based Global Marine Group, owner of CWind, has launched a base in Blyth.

The company said the Northumberland presence will allow both CWind and Global Marine - provider of sub sea fibre optic cable solutions to multiple sectors - to offer regionally-focused support, resulting in faster mobilisation, greater flexibility and enhanced response times for customers.

Blyth, pictured below, is being used for strategic asset management and modular equipment storage, as well as a mobilisation and deployment site.

A spokesman said: "This will complement the group’s existing operational UK bases at Grimsby and Portland, Dorset.

"A number of GMG assets, including CS Sovereign and CS Recorder, two highly capable, multi-role DP2 vessels with excellent track records in both power and fibre optic cable installation and repair, will operate out of Blyth, utilising local engineering skills and regional business support networks."

Recently, CS Recorder and Q1000, a jet-trenching remotely operated vehicle, mobilised from Blyth to undertake a cable reburial contract for the Prinses Amaliawindpark, located off the West Coast of the Netherlands. Subsequently, the port will serve to mobilise future telecommunications and power projects for the GMG.

The spokesman added: "Portland will continue to provide services to GMG’s power, renewable energy, oil & gas and telecommunications cable maintenance agreement customers, while Grimsby will predominantly deliver regional support for the offshore wind sector. Blyth will enable GMG access to a wider market in the Greater North Sea, as well as further afield in Europe, where a large offshore wind customer base already exists."

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