Scarboro’ firm gets offshore windfarm boost

From left: Burgess Marine technical commercial manager John Rennardson, Bob Mainprize of Mainprize Offshore and Burgess Marine build manager Ric Haselhurst on the MO2 before she is  taken to the ship lift at Burgess Marine's yard at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester.
From left: Burgess Marine technical commercial manager John Rennardson, Bob Mainprize of Mainprize Offshore and Burgess Marine build manager Ric Haselhurst on the MO2 before she is taken to the ship lift at Burgess Marine's yard at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester.

A Scarborough family business has launched a £3 million custom-built windfarm support vessel to expand its business.

Mainprize Offshore has taken delivery of the state-of-the-art 25-metre craft from Britain’s largest independent ship repairer, Burgess Marine.

The boat, the MO2, was handed over at the Seawork 2015 commercial marine and workboat conference in Southampton, where Mainprize also signed a contract with Burgess Marine for a second vessel.

Up to 30 new jobs will be created. With a huge windfarm project a Dogger Back, off Whitby on the way it is time of prosperity for the offshore industry.

It will immediately place MO2 into charter service on the day of its handover for dive inspection work on the Greater Gabbard wind farm off Lowestoft in Suffolk.

Mainprize, which has 20 staff, will manage and operate the MO2 on a three month contract to transfer personnel and equipment to the Greater Gabbard field.

Bob Mainprize, who runs the family-owned firm with his wife Sharon, said: “With MO2 and a second vessel, the MO4, we can potentially double the size of the business.

“MO2 has created eight to 10 jobs and MO4 and further vessels will potentially create another 18 to 20 full time jobs.”