The marine and offshore sectors are covered in the Humber

Capitalising on the Humber estuary’s natural assets, members of Team Humber Marine Alliance have come together to provide a comprehensive supply chain offer.

Rix Sea Shuttle wind farm workboat at RWE development Gwynt y Mor

The Humber is the largest ports complex in the UK and the fourth largest trading estuary in northern Europe, and plays a pivotal role in the UK economy, particularly in marine and offshore.

The skills base of Team Humber Marine Alliance members broadly comes under the umbrella of the marine and offshore sectors. More specifically, the capabilities cover:

  • Offshore Wind
  • Offshore Oil & Gas
  • Commercial Shipping
  • Ports & Logistics

With many transferable skills, members work across these sectors (and others), providing services ranging from steel fabrication, ship repairs, towage and salvage to specialist electrical, engineering health & safety, training and professional services.

The Opportunity

The “North Sea” is crucial for the Humber region and for Europe’s “Blue Economy”: its maritime economy is estimated to represent a GVA of at least € 150 billion (out of just under € 500 bn. for the EU as a whole ), and employs at least 850 000 people.

Offshore Wind without doubt represents a transformational opportunity for the Yorkshire & Humber region especially with consent being granted to sections of the larger Round 3 Wind farms such as Dogger Bank, Hornsea and East Anglia. The Creyke Beck A&B sections of Dogger Bank with up to 400 turbines it is estimated by Forewind will create 4750 jobs, mainly in Yorkshire, Humber & North East as well as contribute £1.5billion to the economy.

To support these and existing Offshore developments two new specialist ports are being developed at Green Port Hull and Able Marine Energy Park. Meanwhile the Port of Grimsby has been upgraded and is hub of activity supporting several hundred new jobs and is home to around 50 offshore wind support vessels.

Whilst many have awaited Government and Ministers to form decisive Energy policies and multinationals to assess risk in investing in a developing industry the regional supply chain has not stood still.

Indeed over the past 3-4 years Yorkshire & Humber companies have invested over £60m in new fleets of workboats which now operate around the Humber, UK wide as well as internationally in Germany and Denmark. Other regional companies and particularly Team Humber Marine Alliance members have won projects worth £millions supplying steel, steel components, steel fabrications, electrical equipment, HVAC, safety equipment, PPE workwear, shipbuilding & repair, vessel support, ships supplies, environmental surveys, electronic equipment, legal & financial support, diving & subsea, freight & shipping, lifting & handling, health & safety consultancy, ports & ships agency, personnel, and training.


Map of Offshore Wind Farms provided by 4C Offshore.

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