Mull-based Inverlussa Marine Services, with its inspirationally entrepreneurial leadership and a first class team, continues to evidence success in new challenges in new waters.
In a joint venture with Mainprize Offshore Ltd, Inverlussa Marine has won a two-and-a-half-year, multi-million-pound contract to provide sea support during the construction phase of the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm. The wind farm – being built by Dong Energy – is located 28km off the east coast of England.
The Inverlussa team and vessel will work out of Grimsby and perform a number of roles. These include: guard-asset protection; dive support; supply of fuel, food, water and spares; maintenance of meterlogical buoys; debris clearance; and emergency tug.
This work will be carried out on the Helen Mary, a purpose designed ship built in the Macduff shipyards on the Moray Firth as part of a £3.5m investment to allow the company to expand into the renewables sector.
Through this expansion, Inverlussa Marine has been able to hire nine new members of staff, taking its current total head count to around 50.
Ben Wilson, Managing Director of Inverlussa Marine, says: ‘Winning this major contract is a great start to our expansion into the renewables sector.
‘There was a lot of competition from very experienced European vessel operators for this contract – and our vessel offered something very different from the normal guard vessel.
‘We look forward to working with Dong Energy and Mainprize Offshore Ltd on this project.’
Jason Ledden, Construction Project Manager for Race Bank at DONG Energy, says: ‘DONG Energy is absolutely committed to using UK suppliers whenever possible and we are very happy to be working with Inverlussa Marine Services and Mainprize Offshore Ltd on our Race Bank project.
‘Race Bank is a significant offshore wind farm which will be capable of powering over half a million UK homes, and these two UK companies will play a vital role in construction. It’s also really encouraging to hear this contract has led to new staff being taken on at Inverlussa Marine Services and has helped the business kick-start its expansion into the renewables sector.’
Bob Mainprize, Managing Director at Mainprize Offshore, says: ‘Winning this contract is fantastic news for Scottish and UK business.
‘The Helen Mary is perfect for this job as it features high redundance across many systems, ensuring less downtime and a more reliable service.
‘We look forward to providing a cost effective, efficient and safe service for Dong Energy with our partners at Inverlussa Marine.’
Dong Energy is the largest offshore wind farm builder in the world, and, when completed, the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm will be spread across 29 square miles and could generate enough green energy to power over half a million UK homes.
For Argyll has been following the fortunes of Inverlussa Marine for some time – with great admiration for its strategic development and for its courage in investing boldly and cannily in that strategic planning.
It is a flagship company for Argyll in exemplifying the possession of every single thing a successful business needs, from the nose for business development, to the building of expertise and experience in associated skills and services, to the resourceful and skilled leadership; and to its fundamental understanding that the difference between success and failure comes down to an energised team of valued, motivated and engaged people.
We are excited by this latest development in the company – but not surprised.