Wind power boost for Grimsby Fish Docks –

Wind power boost for Grimsby Fish Docks Published:  05 May, 2011

GRIMSBY Fish Docks received a multi-million pound boost yesterday – but without a single cod or haddock involved.

The energy giant Centrica  has signed a 25-year deal with Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises and ABP that will allow it to use one of the fish docks to serve its three big wind farms out in the North Sea.

The agreement will have an immediate economic impact by creating 100 new well paid jobs over the next few years, triggering the regeneration of the North wall area and bringing back some of the old buzz that was once the hallmark of the fish docks.

Turbines need regular maintenance and soon dozens of work boats will be ferrying engineers into the North Sea. Centrica, which owns British Gas, will build an administration block near the fish processing factories on the North Wall.

The deal represents a personal triumph for Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby Fish Docks Enterprises, who, with his staff, has toiled for the past 18 months to bring the scheme to reality.

He said this  just the beginning of a truly significant development which could help transform the fortunes of Grimsby and Cleethorpes over the next few years.This I believe is just a stepping stone for the future. We now have a golden opportunity to build on this.

“This industry is going to grow and I am confident that we are going to part of that growth. The negotiations have been protracted, but I am delighted, especially for the community of Grimsby and for the GFDE team, that we have secured this agreement.

GFDE chairman Richard Robinson said the deal would give long term security to the fish docks and help to  compensate in income terms for the recent fall in fish landings from Iceland. He added that the modernisation of the fish market should begin within the next four months.

Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, said: “As a shareholder in the fish docks the FMA welcomes this move. It will help bring quality jobs to the town.”

Ironically, the announcement came in a week when Grimsby had some of its best fish supplies from Iceland for some time with around 5,000 boxes brought in over three days.