From its mythic origins through growth into a thriving fishing town, Grimsby faces the future with two international reputations, one as Europe’s Food Town proudly bearing the Made Great in Grimsby badge, and two as the heart of offshore wind.
Renewables at Grimsby
Home to offshore wind since 2006, Grimsby and the Humber region are at the forefront of developments in this sector. This pioneering spirit is enhanced by the rise of innovative companies like myenergi, leading the integration of small-scale generation with electric vehicle charging. Grimsby leads the way on renewables with many notable companies based here.
The Humber Offshore Wind Cluster connects skills and training, entrepreneurship and innovation, and supply chain products and services with wind farm developers and their Tier 1 suppliers.
The region is highly connected to the rest of the UK, offering:
- easy access to North-South motorways via the A180 dual carriageway
- internal and international flights from Humberside airport, including helicopter operations
- international ferries from Hull
- ports at Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole
Able Marine Energy Park – a fully consented project that will be a bespoke port facility for the Renewable Energy Sector, particularly Offshore Wind. It will represent a c £450m investment by ABLE and covers an area of c 900 acres and will feature c 1,300m of new deep-water quays.
Port of Grimsby East (Grimsby Fish Docks) – used for operations of Lynn, Inner Dowsing and Humber Gateway offshore wind farms, and previously home to Westermost Rough and Race Bank construction teams. The dock offers ample quayside space and moorings; 24/7 controlled access; bunkers, power, water and stores; purpose built pontoons for service vessels; slipway for vessels up to 600 tonnes and boat hoist for vessels up to 200 tonnes.
Port of Grimsby (Royal Dock) – used for operations of Ørsted’s East Coast windfarms, and Triton Knoll. Suitable for access by SOVs.
Hull (Green Port Hull) – opened in 2017 a £310 million joint venture between ABP and Siemens to create a renewable energy hub with world-class offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing facilities as its centrepiece.
With a critical mass of offshore wind farms operated from Grimsby, the area boasts a wealth of people with direct industry experience. These are supported by skilled engineers and process industry workers with a liong history in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and power generation industries.
Post-16 education and training for those in or entering the renewables industry is available at:
- Aura Centre for Doctoral Training – postgraduate development with industry sponsorship
- Franklin College – CTEC engineering courses
- GIFHE – Level 2 & 3 engineering courses at the Engineering & Renewable Energy Centre; apprenticeships for Ørsted wind turbine technicians
- HETA – specialist training for young people looking to join the Engineering industry, and a variety of industry standard courses
- HFRS – a Community Interest Company operated by serving fire fighters, providing advanced rescue training and emergency planning expertise
- HOTA – GWO courses for working offshore, including sea survival in an Environmental Training Pool with Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer
- Modal Training Centre – flexible provision of bespoke and standard courses, including state of the art simulator-based training. Home to the Thrive immersive safety leadership training experience
- Maersk Training – classroom based, practical and on-site training, tailored to meet individual requirements. Offering all five modules of the GWO Basic Safety Training (BST), GWO Basic Technical Training (BTT), GWO Enhanced First Aid and GWO Blade Repair with GWO and more
- North Lindsay College – apprenticeships for Siemens Gamesa wind turbine technicians
- University of Hull – MSc in Renewable Energy
Surrounded by coastline and countryside, Grimsby and the surrounding towns offer a wonderful home for families. Housing prices are 55% lower than UK average, commuting times are shorter and the quality of life is good. For more information, Discover NEL.