"Following an open market tender process held during the summer for a lease of a proportion of the Endeavour Wharf, Dalby Offshore Services Ltd was selected by a joint evaluation panel made up of members of the Whitby Harbour Board and Scarborough Borough Council." says the Whitby Gazette http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/local-bidder-for-offshore-proj...
Offshorewind.biz reported in June 2012 that "Whitby Harbour Board has issued and early information about a tender for early planning of Endeavour Wharf reconstruction works in Whitby Harbour, which could be used to support Dogger Bank offshore wind farm development. This may include the construction of a berthing pontoon to be used as an embarkation point for staff and equipment on the offshore wind farm vessels working on the proposed Dogger Bank offshore wind farm project. The pontoon would be constructed at right angles to Endeavour Wharf. It is expected that Whitby will be used as the operation and maintenance base of the wind farm’s development. Whitby is the closest serviceable port to the offshore wind farm and is able to offer maintenance ships 24-hour access to the North Sea.
However, in May 2014: Cllr Mike Cockerill confirmed to SBC that he is officially negotiating with a company operating service vessels ... “There is work that needs to be done at Whitby Harbour to bring our facilities up to scratch and make them fit for purpose, to take advantage of the significant benefit likely to be derived from this work,” the Whitby Gazette (Cllr Mike Cockerill, who is in charge of harbours, assets, coast and flood protection.)
Whitby Harbour Board - a scheme piloted in 2010 has had its fair share of controversy, namely un-elected 'members' making rather important decisions on the future of Whitby Harbour - the board was established as a means of governing Whitby harbour away from the council’s own decision-making process, as the famous port on the North Yorkshire coast faces up to a huge transition in its role. Yorkshire Post reported Sept/13 : http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/indecision-... and SBC's website and report "The report recommends that the pilot scheme is concluded and that an Expert Advisory Group is created from the board members. They would support our Cabinet Member, Cllr Mike Cockerill, to oversee the strategic management and development of the Whitby port." http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=17590
And, indeed it is good to see WHB sticking up for Whitby & Scarborough in its response to the Portservices Maritime/Coast Guard, Search & rescue Services to be compacted into two centres with reduced satellite operations; http://www.yorkshireports.co.uk/documents/consultation-response-question... & http://www.yorkshireports.co.uk/global/news_archive/news_archive.aspx
As for the tendering process carried out through the summer of 2014, in Sept 2013 SBC reports "The offshore wind sector is set to boom over the coming 18 to 24 months and both Scarborough and Whitby ports have a very strong opportunity to secure some of the action. We will do everything possible to ensure we accommodate this and future vessels into the harbour... We hope Dalby Trent will be the first of many such vessels using our facilities and adding to the vibrancy and diversification of the ports’ current activities. We will be working closely with Dalby Offshore Renewables to make sure this venture is a success." source:http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=17593
Anyhow, good luck to Dalby Offshore Renewables Ltd, they seem to have navigated through the troughs of 'authority' so far ... http://www.dalbyoffshore.com/news/99/important-steps-towards-a-new-endea...
Oops almost missed out an important bit - Cllr Derek Bastiman - Mr Brightside ? ""The economic impact of such activity should not be underestimated. The offshore wind industry is set to invest over £40bn in the North Sea in the coming decade at Westernmost Rough, Hornsea and the Dogger Bank. It is estimated that over 40,000 jobs will be created and that there will be in excess of 1,500 vessels supporting the industry. We are ideally placed geographically to benefit from this activity and only need to secure a small proportion to make a significant difference to the viability and success of our ports and our economy. As always we are very optimistic about the future."
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