Capturing project cargo and bulks growth opportunities in the Southern North Sea market

By Ranjit Singh Nagra, Sales Manager at Peel Ports

When it comes to creating supply chain efficiencies for project cargo customers, the size and scale of these heavy cargoes mean an extensive understanding of the complexities involved in their transportation and storage is essential.

At Great Yarmouth, the port’s location at the epicentre of the off-shore energy and decommissioning industry means we have seen a steady increase in the volume and frequency of project cargo customers in the renewable energy sector.

This comes off the back of a joint-government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal launched in March this year to invest £250 million in the country’s clean energy supply chain, aiming for a third of British electricity to be produced by offshore wind power by 2030.

Great Yarmouth is uniquely placed for capture of the significant growth opportunities in the UK energy sector as it is the closest deep-water port to the Southern North Sea market and offers a favourable environment for offshore wind production.

Investing in the winds of change

Since taking ownership of the port in 2015, Peel Ports has put into place ambitious growth and diversification plans for the port.

These plans combine our experience and understanding in delivering complex end-to-end supply chain solutions for customers, alongside Great Yarmouth’s market position, supporting diversification into growth sectors such as the energy and biomass markets.

With our current Ports infrastructure and more future investments in our berthing, handling and storage facilities at the port we are able to support the varying needs of developers in these new target markets.

In the off-shore wind sector our unique proposition means we have secured developers such as Vattenfall to base their O&M Site in Great Yarmouth for their Vanguard and Boreas Wind Farm Projects.  With our Outer Harbour deep water facility (10m CD) we are capable of handling construction, assembly, installation and decommissioning.  With our Inner Harbour (6m CD) we can accommodate large CTV and SOV vessels, making Great Yarmouth a fully holistic Port for the offshore energy industry.

In May and June alone, components will be arriving at our port and heading to East Anglia One Windfarm – what will consist of up to 102 Siemens wind turbines, generating capacity of up to 714MW by 2020.

Futureproofing for growth

Individual investments at Great Yarmouth include a £12million project to upgrade the outer harbour at the port including yard storage, marshalling area and installation of heavy lift facilities, supporting current projects, as well as enabling us to harness potential growth opportunities, not just in renewables, but in the general bulks, RoRo and agri-bulks sectors.

Other investments include a new Liebherr LHM280 crane, with a lifting capacity of 84 tonnes, to enable us to handle significantly larger volumes of bulk and unitised cargo. While our new pilot boat and 24-hour pilotage service is already playing a key role in commercial activity at the port by navigating vessels into and out of the harbour.

There are further plans for additional investment to create a centre of excellence for operations and management, including 350m of extra berthing space and about 100,000sq ft of additional storage land.

These facilities will include an extended quayside space with deep water access, a new training centre, and space to accommodate at least one major manufacturer of wind turbine components.

Great Yarmouth is unique in the fact that we can grow with your requirements. We have substantial land capacity for future manufacturing development that will allow customers to benefit from the ideal location, space and in-land water facility.   

I will be at Breakbulk Europe 2019 – the biggest industry event for project cargo and bulks businesses across the globe – talking with businesses across a range of sectors about the unique opportunities that Great Yarmouth can provide.

So, whether its energy, renewables, agri-bulks, RoRo, aggregates or just general cargo, visit stand Q77 to find out more about our flexible end-to-end supply chain solutions. 

You can also book an appointment HERE.

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