The visit is the latest in ABP’s partnership with Peterson UK Limited, the major logistics and service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Skandi Captain is the 50th additional call to Lowestoft since the Peterson agreement which was signed in January 2019, bringing vessel visits into the inner harbour on an almost daily basis and the number of additional calls is expected to grow even further.
ABP’s ongoing investment in its infrastructure, coupled with the Port of Lowestoft’s key location, makes it ideal to service important offshore wind developments off the East Anglian coast. The port supports construction and operational facilities for developments including the East Anglia One project, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, set to generate over 700MW and power around 630,000 British homes when it begins operation in 2020. Recent investments by ScottishPower have also established a permanent operations and maintenance base at the port of Lowestoft.
Lowestoft also serves an increasingly important role in the UK’s Oil & Gas and agribulk sectors.
Andrew Harston, ABP Director Short Sea Ports, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Skandi Captain on her maiden call to our port and hope that this visit is the first of many. Handling an additional 60 or so calls since January with ease, shows our flexibility and the fact that Peterson has chosen us to partner with, is testament to our ongoing investment in our infrastructure, as well as our world-class workforce.
“We are proud to work with partners of the calibre of Peterson and very pleased that they can be part of further growth at our port. We look forward to a long and successful relationship together.”
Paul Smith, Peterson Business Manager East of England, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Skandi Captain. Our strong start in 2019 demonstrates that Lowestoft was a great addition to our already established UK locations and ideally positioned to support our customers in the Southern North Sea.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with ABP to establish a best in class facility to support the region.”