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The close business and industrial relationships Team Humber Marine Alliance has nurtured across the UK and European continue to develop in new and interesting ways. We have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our peers in Denmark at at the same time as looking forward to more inward and outward trade missions. On the horizon for next month is a high profile delegation from Germany including the Secretary of State for Lower Saxony home to the major offshore wind energy ports of Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven. That close relationship between the UK and the US can only enhance an inward trade mission from across the Atlantic at the end of the year and then pending final approval our own offshore wind trade mission to the US east coast and Great Lakes in the early part of 2016. These initiatives come in the wake of significant well known project developments and milestones across the Humber and east coast Siemens in Hull Able Marine Energy Park and the Dogger Bank Hornsea Race Bank and Westermost Rough offshore wind farms. These and others have brought significant opportunities and challenges in terms of developing a genuine sustainable supply chain and skilled employment base. Thats one of the reason why as a proactive organisation we continue to champion training and education and are thrilled that the students have begun studying at the Humber UTC in Scunthorpe as they progress towards renewables and engineering careers. THMA is also starting a Marine Offshore Skills Forum to better understand demand gaps and build capacity locally. Despite a still difficult economic climate the steady level of activity from offshore renewables and ports activity is stimulus to local and inward investment. This is reflected in the growth of our membership with major players such as A2SEA CT Offshore and SIEM Offshore joining alongside new smaller businesses such as Butterworth Marine and East Coast Tidal Energy. We are always keen to hear from and see our member companies at the offices and out and about at shows events and meetings we are firm believers that closer relationships can only better foster the potential for individual and mutual success. New Humber UTC opens backed by THMA members Humber UTC in Scunthorpe opened its doors to students for the first time in September. The North Lincolnshire Council commissioned project which is backed by Team Humber Marine Alliance involves key regional businesses including member companies Able UK DONG Energy North Lindsey College RES Offshore Tata Steel and the University of Hull. Specialising in engineering and renewables alongside other key subjects the Humber UTC has an emphasis on hands-on learning where students get to deal with real issues they would expect to find in the workplace. Built by the council over the last year at a cost of 9.5m it is expected that around 145 students aged 14-19 will study at the college in the first year with final numbers eventually rising to about 600 in 2020. Closer relationships foster potential Mark OReilly CEO Major offshore operators are among new Team Humber Marine Alliance members. They include Danish companies A2SEA and CT Offshore which have taken out joint membership. A2SEA has a lions share of the offshore wind installation market while CT Offshore since starting out as a consultancy in 2002 has developed into an installation company in its own right. A2SEA acquired a 29 per cent share interest in CT Offshore in 2011 and has since become the majority shareholder. Also joining THMA is SIEM Offshore Contractors based in Leer in Northern Germany. SOC is an experienced submarine cable and umbilical installation repair and maintenance contractor serving the worldwide offshore oil and gas as well as renewable energy industries. They are keen to work closely with the local Humber supply chain. Expeditors is another new member with wide experience of Brazil which it describes as probably the single most difficult market in the world to export to. Expeditors which manages supply chains around the world has headquarters in Seattle and runs a Hull office. Other new THMA members include Butterworth Marine of Scarborough C Force Marine of Hull East Coast Tidal Energy of Walkington IRISNDT a nationwide supplier of non-destructive testing services Red International a communications agency providing design digital and editorial services and ED-CON. Welcome aboard Beverley-based THMA member Boston Energy is to provide service management teams for Vensys Energys 1.5MW UK turbines. The work represents a significant shift in the focus of the company from service support into service management. Boston Energy has also been awarded a supplier contract with MHI Vestas to provide turbine technicians for service and OM activities placing technicians in the North Hoyle wind farm off the North Wales coast. Shift in focus for Beverley member CT Offshores cable laying vessel SIA is installing all of the 97 inter-array cables on DONG Energys Gode wind farm in the German part of the North Sea. Laying the cables