Training giant Maersk lured to the Humber for offshore wind wins
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Apr 2019
Danish giant Maersk is to open its fourth training centre in the UK on the Humber.
The 40-year-old maritime industry specialist has identified the area’s offshore wind cluster as offering huge opportunity, building on a philosophy of taking training to where it is needed.
It will be based at the state-of-the-art industrial training complex, Catch, at Stallingborough.
John Abate, UK managing director of Maersk Training, said: “Catch is an industry led partnership with a purpose to develop competencies and support the local business community - principles close to our own - and we look forward to working closely in partnership with Catch to support that vision.”
It will launch on May 1 to fulfil the need of delivering the best competency-based training through one of the broadest course portfolios in the area.
Maersk will offer all Global Wind Organisation courses - the industry expectation - including the newly launched GWO Blade Repair course, making Maersk Training the only provider in the world to offer the complete set.
David Talbot, chief executive at Catch, said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with Maersk Training at our site here at Catch. The Maersk name is synonymous with quality in the offshore environment, and we welcome them to the Humber region at a time when the Offshore Wind Sector Deal has been announced that will secure the UK’s position at the forefront of the industry, and the Energy Estuary as a leading region within the UK.”
Training switch: AIS is leaving Stallingborough, having brought initial facilities to the South Humber Bank.
The number of jobs being created, and scale of investment has yet to be confirmed, though it appears it will fill a void left by AIS when it surrenders its Stallingborough operations. Welcomed by Grimsby MP Melanie Onn in 2015, it had initially developed a £4 million plan to create on site hotel and survival pool facilities, mirroring the North Shields headquarters, but it never materialised, with the company basing itself in existing premises on the Kiln Lane site.
It is understood to still harbour plans for a base to serve the Humber.
Paul Knowles, vice president at AIS-owning 3T Energy Group, said: “AIS Training will be leaving the Catch facility from May as our current lease is coming to an end. However, we remain fully committed to the Humberside and Lincolnshire region. We have built an extremely strong network of customers and suppliers in this area and will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients. Last year AIS Training became part of the 3T Energy Group and is now the UK’s largest energy sector training provider with ambitious plans to transform training in the global energy sector through technology."
Maersk Training started in Denmark 40 years ago and has since established a reputation for raising standards across the three core industries it serves - maritime, oil and gas and now wind.
Allied to the UK sites are centres in Denmark, Norway, Brazil, India, the Middle East and the United States, as well as numerous satellite operations with the aim of having training on the doorstep.
It comes after Modal Training and Grimsby Institute secured the return of a Merchant Navy cadetship to North East Lincolnshire are a 30 year hiatus.
Rob Howes, senior learning and development specialist at world leading developer Ørsted, also spearheading the charge for Grimsby in the new sector, said: “It is great news that Maersk Training is moving into the Humber region and particularly into Catch. Catch is a fantastic learning facility that benefits the Humber massively in terms of skills and training.
“Ørsted is proud to work with Maersk Training as our main provider for offshore safety training and it is great they will be practically on the door step of our new East Coast Hub facility in Grimsby, where we hope to employ up to 400 people over the next few years.
“The East Coast Hub building will service five of our offshore wind farms operating out of Grimsby and the fact we can access offshore safety training locally has huge benefits. We wish Maersk Training and Catch the very best with this agreement and we look forward to working with them in the future.”