Grimsby offshore support base created by diving specialist, more jobs to follow

DIVING specialist Reds has launched a new offshore support base in Grimsby, a £250,000 investment into the town.


The business is now occupying a 400 sq m unit on South Humberside Industrial Estate, fully equipping it as it gears up to serve the rapidly emerging wind farm industry out of Grimsby.


More offshore jobs will also be created to boost the initial team of three.


It will also supply full services to other dive companies winning work in the sector, with decompression and service facilities provided.


Ed Woodrow is sales and marketing director at the Warwickshire-based firm, and has been delighted with the support shown, since the plans were announced in February, as reported.


He said: “It is a brilliant location for us, with great access to the ports, and the support we have had from local government and local businesses has been first class. There seems like there is a real impetus to push Grimsby.


“It is a really friendly place to come to, and if you need advice or assistance people seem to be pleased to help.”


The business was established in the early Nineties as Rovtech Engineering and Diving Services, becoming Reach Engineering and Diving Services – known as Reds – in 2000. Five years ago Sturrock and Robson Group acquired a 55 per cent share.


Mr Woodrow said: “We have been working out of Grimsby for the past three years, so it is good to have a base now.


“We have three permanent staff and are looking to build on it in the next 12 months.”


A total of three dive spreads, featuring control and decompression facilities, have been invested in, with a large launch and recovery system that is mounted on larger work vessels also brought to the unit, part of the development that features Cromwell Tools.


Specialist projects manager Shane Linford, who has been with the business for 15 years, and lives in Cleethorpes, is heading up the offshore support base.


Read more: Grimsby Telegraph




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