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New business arrives in Lowestoft to support £2.5 billion windfarm project

PUBLISHED: 17:23 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 08 October 2018

World Marine Offshore and ABP staff with a Crew Transfer Vessel. at the WMO facility at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. Picture: Stephen Waller

World Marine Offshore and ABP staff with a Crew Transfer Vessel. at the WMO facility at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. Picture: Stephen Waller

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A new company are to set up a marine project office which will support the new Anglia ONE offshore wind-farm in the port of Lowestoft.

Associated British Ports (ABP) who operate the port of Lowestoft welcomed its newest customer, World Marine Offshore (WMO) to the town.

The marine project office will be located on the port estate for WMO will directly support the East Anglia ONE project which is due to become one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world in 2020.

ABP will provide indoor storage as well as quay and yard space for marine operations as part of the contract.

Earlier this year, the ground was broken on the £2.5 billion project when the construction of the operations and maintenance building at Hamilton Docks began in July.

Lazaros Lazaridis, WMO contracts manager, said: “The primary objective for WMO and WMO UK is to work with local partners and suppliers, including ABP, to generate added value to the local economy.

“Within the scope of offshore marine, WMO provides a wide range of services.

“These include a Jack-Up accommodation vessel for all personnel involved in the offshore commissioning activities, Platform Supply and Crew Transfer Vessels for all offshore requirements on a 24/7 basis and helicopter services for emergency evacuation and crew transfers.”

Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports director, said: “We are delighted that the port of Lowestoft has been selected as WMO’s preferred marine logistics base location, after they completed a thorough and very competitive tender process.

“We deliver bespoke solutions to all our customers, which is an attractive proposition to contractors involved in the renewable energy sector.”

He added: “ABP Lowestoft is uniquely positioned geographically, which means that no one can get companies closer to this important area for the UK’s growing offshore wind sector.

“Our proximity is a useful advantage which helps businesses through all the cycles of renewable energy projects, from planning to construction, maintenance and repowering.”

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