A SCARBOROUGH family firm has invested £1.2 million in a custom-made catamaran to help expand their business.
The Dalby Derwent, which is due to sail into Scarborough harbour next week, was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd.
It is hoped that the vessel will create between seven and 10 new jobs.
Husband-and-wife team Sharon and Bob Mainprize Jnr are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new vessel, which is under construction at Buckie Shipyard, near Elgin in Scotland.
The vessel will complement the offshore work done by their other boat, the Maggie M, and will specifically be used to transport workers and materials to wind farms.
Mr Mainprize said: “We are extremely proud to build such a vessel and provide employment in the Scarborough area.
“This is the largest new-build for Scarborough in over 20 years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, crew, Northern Marine Electrics, Scarborough Marine Engineers, Scarborough Harbour, Stones Fuel Supplies, Danbrits Ship Management and Dalby Offshore Renewable, without whose support this would not have been possible.”
Mr Mainprize added that Scarborough has the opportunity to be a strategic base for the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Site.
He said: “For each site there can be up to 20 wind farm service vessels required for the construction phase. Each vessel carries up to 12 passengers and between two and five crew, so the total personnel around the Scarborough port could be increased by up to 200 people.
“This will bring much-needed regeneration to the Scarborough businesses and support infrastructure.”
He added: “We are looking forward to taking delivery of our new vessel, running her and putting her through her paces.”
The Dalby Derwent is due to arrive in Scarborough Harbour next Tuesday. It is of aluminium construction and has an overall length of 17.5 metres.
Its main role will be to take technicians to and from the wind farm sites, deliver fuel and cargo, carry out underwater survey, dive support, grab and camera operations, and cleaning and painting the wind turbines among other work.
Mr Mainprize said: “The Dalby Derwent will create between seven and 10 jobs depending on contracts.
“This is represented by a full-time crew of between four and eight and with further office and shore-side logistic employment created.
“These have all been sourced locally. We are looking at further new-build options and this will undoubtedly increase employment in the Scarborough and surrounding area.”
The vessel’s first job will be at the Greater Gabbard wind farm site, off the coast of Suffolk, in partnership with Dalby Offshore Renewable.
Mainprize Offshore Ltd currently run from the couple’s home and will be moving to offices at Scarborough Business Park next month.