Lowestoft centre strengthens position as offshore wind hub

James Fisher's New office/ Loren Chamberlain-Clark

James Fisher's New office/ Loren Chamberlain-Clark - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft's OrbisEnergy centre has strengthened its position as a regional hub for offshore wind with the arrival of leading industry player James Fisher Marine Services.

The company joins 23 other businesses with staffed offices and 41 virtual tenants in five-storey OrbisEnergy overlooking the North Sea at the country's most easterly point.

With the massive East Anglia One windfarm project at the planning stage, the company chose the Lowestoft centre to build relationships with offshore wind developers based there and to raise the profile of its services and its offshore support vessel, Dart Fisher.

In its new office, the company – part of the James Fisher Group – is focusing on the development of its offshore wind management system (OWMS)™ providing real-time operational data that covers a wide range of offshore wind farm activities – from vessel motion monitoring and crew tracking to turbine structural monitoring.

Richard Burmeister, managing director at James Fisher Marine Services, said: 'We wanted to take an office that was right at the centre of the developing offshore wind industry. There was no better location than OrbisEnergy.'

Jonathan Reynolds, of OrbisEnergy, said: 'We're delighted to welcome James Fisher Marine Services as one of our newest tenants at OrbisEnergy. It's encouraging to see companies such as James Fisher investing in Lowestoft and building on the world-class cluster of expertise and experience we have in the region.

'Lowestoft is already at the heart of the region's offshore wind industry which is set for further growth following the positive news that the East Anglian Offshore Wind and Galloper projects will be developed off our coast. OrbisEnergy is providing the platform for networking, introductions, business growth and much more in a magnificent building overlooking the sea where wind farms will being built for decades to come.'

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James Fisher's support vessel, Dart Fisher, is designed to support a wide range of services in the renewable sector including crew and equipment transfer, diving and ROV operations, offshore refuelling and key project support.

The company has employed Loren Chamberlain-Clark, who graduated with an MSc in meteorology and oceanography from the University of East Anglia last year, as a graduate OWMS™ support engineer after a short internship with the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) Skills for Energy team.

OrbisEnergy still has a range of units available, including two larger sea facing offices. The centre always has capacity for virtual tenancies.