Marine engine specialist sets sail for Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 6 Jun 2016

MARINE and industrial engine specialist PME Group is gearing up to invest in a Grimsby base, at the request of a leading brand, as it eyes up demand created by offshore wind.

The Dorset-based company is an official main dealer for German manufacturer MAN, developer of the diesel engine, and has committed to setting up a service centre in the town.a third location for the 50-year-old company.

Jade Chalk, commercial director, said: "MAN, like everybody else, has identified a lot of potential business in the Humber area, and MAN approached us to ask us to open a dealership in Grimsby.

"That is what we are now trying to do. We are viewing premises, recruiting staff to get up and running."

The management team were visiting the town this week to take in potential locations and conduct initial interviews, as the supply chain in operations and maintenance bears fruit once again.

"We already have some clients in the area, so we will be looking to facilitate them and support new customers as they come on line, and the wind farms continue to emerge," Mrs Chalk said.

Launched in 1966 as Pilkington Marine Engineering Ltd, the company currently employs 17 staff across two sites, at Poole and in Plymouth, and also services combined heat and power units and agricultural equipment. In the marine sector the team supports the RNLI, Ministry of Defence, as well as Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International.

"We see moving into the are as a really exciting opportunity, Mrs Chalk added. "It is somewhere we regularly work, now it is good to see activity is reaching a level where it is sustainable to have a dedicated unit there."

Initially PME Group will launch in Grimsby with a team of three,comprising engineer, junior engineer or apprentice and office administrator. "We hope that will grow in the future," Mrs Chalk said, underlining a strong belief in career development.

The team will focus on the crew transfer vessels, with capability to maintain, rebuild and repair.

It comes as work to overhaul the town's slipways on Port of Grimsby East nears completion, offering further services to the fleets of workboats that now class the town as home.

Five offshore wind farms are already operated and maintained from Grimsby, with Race Bank, and potentially Triton Knoll, to come.

In late April Dong Energy signed a deal that will see Seacat Services bring a further four crew transfer vessels, and 24 jobs, to the port, as reported, as construction begins on Race Bank. Last week the Grimsby team at Reds was awarded the framework diving contract for it.

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