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Offshore wind boom fuelling growth at Lowestoft boat firm

PUBLISHED: 10:11 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 19 October 2017

Severn Offshore Services managing director Ryan Hopkins and operations manager George Fox alongside one of the company's crew transfer boats. Picture: Severn Offshore Services.

Severn Offshore Services managing director Ryan Hopkins and operations manager George Fox alongside one of the company's crew transfer boats. Picture: Severn Offshore Services.

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A focus on niche markets and the rise of offshore wind farms has helped a Suffolk firm to increase turnover six-fold in just over two years.

Severn Offshore Services was founded with one boat in April 2015 and now has a crew of 50 people operating six boats out of Lowestoft, providing crew transfers to wind farms off the East Anglian coast.

It expects to exceed annual turnover of £2.7m this month, which

The company is servicing a contract for James Fisher & Sons and, before being based at Lowestoft, was working out of Helgoland serving the Meerwind offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Managing director Ryan Hopkins said: “We are consistently winning work against strong international competition. We are currently negotiating a major contract to provide services to a large wind farm off the east coast – and if we are successful work on that is due to start next April.”

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