Bibby Marine is proud to partner with Maritime UK and Renewable UK to launch the Offshore Wind Plan.
The plan, which was launched earlier this week (Wednesday, 8 March) at the Offshore Renewable Catapult Operation and Maintenance Centre of Excellence, makes a series of recommendations for how the maritime industry can reach on its net-zero goals and deliver maximum economic growth, working alongside government and the offshore wind industry.
Bibby Marine CEO Nigel Quinn said: “We are excited to be part of this launch and to have played such a key role in the development in the Offshore Wind Plan – it’s great to see all parts of the industry recognising that the time to act is now.
“We are at a pivotal time in our industry and this report reflects the importance of acting now for both the benefit of the industry and the environment.”
A new Joint Maritime and Renewable Working Group, of which Bibby Marine is part of, was also launched. The group brings together industry and government to focus on delivering the plan’s recommendations.
He added: “We believe the UK has a clear and present opportunity to grow offshore wind, lead the world in decarbonising the maritime sector, building skills, and developing substantial export opportunities for the UK shipbuilding industry. We believe the launch of the Offshore Wind Plan and formation of the Joint Maritime and Renewable Working Group are key to achieving the environmental and economic boost for our industry and the environment.”
Commenting on the launch of the Offshore Wind Plan, Maritime UK Chair Robin Mortimer, said:
“The maritime sector already plays a key role in our collective efforts to deliver a cleaner and more sustainable future by the middle of this century.
“Maritime UK’s Offshore Wind Plan sets out how delivering energy security through growing offshore wind can drive economic growth and job creation across the country through the maritime supply chain.
“With its people, expertise, equipment and infrastructure, the maritime sector is present throughout the lifecycle of offshore wind and is uniquely placed to deliver well-paid, high-quality jobs and new industries, particularly in coastal towns and cities.”
Key recommendations and proposals within the plan include:
- Creating quality career pathways for young people
- Rewarding higher UK supply chain content in offshore wind projects
- Reforming the planning system to enable green projects to be delivered quicker
- Encouraging lenders and investors to finance infrastructure and vessels
For more information on the Offshore Wind Plan visit – www.maritimeuk.org/owp