Grimsby is the operations and maintenance (O&M) hub at the centre of the UK’s offshore renewables sector, enabling fast access to domestic and European markets.
A Leading UK offshore renewables O&M hub
As the O&M-suitable port closest to the mouth of the Humber, Grimsby is optimally located for operations serving Hornsea and other major North Sea wind energy zones.
The port’s central location also enables fast access to offshore wind ports around the UK, and European markets.
Grimsby’s O&M cluster is well-established and growing. Companies located at the port include Ørsted, Siemens, E.ON, Triton Knoll/Innogy, RES and MHI Vestas. The wider Humber Energy Estuary cluster include Siemens (wind turbine blade manufacturing, Hull) and Able Marine Energy Park.
Wind farm and market connectivity
The Port of Immingham provides offshore wind businesses with deep-water port facilities and frequent ro-ro and container services to Northern European and Scandinavian industry centres.
Humberside Airport (located less than 30 minutes’ drive time from Grimsby) is the UK’s 4th largest air transport helicopter base, with services supporting Hornsea and other North Sea wind farms.
European Market Access: 80% of North Sea power zones and 60% of the European market (2020) are accessible within 12 hours’ steaming time of Grimsby and Immingham.
Specialist offshore renewables sector skills
Grimsby’s offshore renewables cluster is supported by specialist training providers, including:
Humber Offshore Training Association (HOTA): nationally approved training and bespoke courses for offshore renewables sector companies
Grimsby Institute: further and higher educational courses in specialisations including electrical, mechanical and operations engineering and logistics
CATCH: accredited training for the offshore renewables and industrial sectors.
Maersk Training Humber is the fourth UK centre. It offers a full training solution based on a mixture of classroom based, practical and on-site training, tailored to meet individual requirements. High quality training is granted, through important accreditations from industry leading bodies.
The Grimsby Renewables Partnership was established by a group of local businesses which anticipated the arrival of the offshore wind market. By gathering together, the area has had a stronger voice for attracting new investment and providing new opportunities in the supply chain for local business. Today the Partnership has around 100 local businesses registered, growing month on month, regularly attending events for just this purpose.
To find out more, visit Grpartnership.co.uk.