There were high hopes of de­com­mis­sion­ing work for Dundee yesterday when a ma­jor in­dus­trial con­cern opened a base in the city.

State-backed com­pany prom­ises part­ner­ships as it sets up base in city

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Mhairi Edwards.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dun­deecom has said col­lab­o­ra­tion will be key if the city is re­alise its am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a ma­jor port for de­com­mis­sion­ing and re­new­ables ac­tiv­ity.

Cal­lum Fal­coner was speak­ing as China Ocean En­gi­neer­ing Shang­hai (COES) marked the of­fi­cial open­ing of its new base at River Court, Dundee.

The state-owned group spe­cialises in off­shore con­struc­tion and de­com­mis­sion­ing, towage and sal­vage work and gained world­wide at­ten­tion for its han­dling of the raising of the tragic MV Se­wol ferry off South Korea last year.

COES Caledonia (UK) will be headed up by Pro­fes­sor Nor­man McLen­nan and will ini­tially have a small staff of up to 15.

How­ever, it is look­ing to build out a ma­jor busi­ness around the Chuang Li heavy lift ves­sel, which is due to be avail­able for con­tract work from early 2019.

The group’s new of­fices were of­fi­cially opened yesterday in a cer­e­mony at­tended by COES In­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent Hong Chong, Busi­ness, Fair Work and Skills minister Jamie Hep­burn and Dundee City Coun­cil leader Coun­cil­lor John Alexan­der.

Mr Fal­coner said it was a real coup for Dundee to at­tract such a well-re­garded name in global heavy ma­rine en­gi­neer­ing.

“COES have been hugely suc­cess­ful in Asia and there is no ques­tion that their sal­vage skills are trans­ferrable to the UK de­com­mis­sion­ing in­dus­try,” Mr Fal­coner said.

“What is ex­cit­ing for the city is that this is the third start-up de­com­mis­sion­ing com­pany that has se­lected the city as its base fol­low­ing an­nounce­ments from Well­safe Ser­vices and Off­shore De­com­mis­sion­ing Ser­vices.

“There is sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for these com­pa­nies to col­lab­o­rate and of­fer cam­paigns rather than just dis­crete projects, and this will be my fo­cus in the com­ing months.

“Our vi­sion should be to cre­ate an in­te­grated de­com­mis­sion­ing in­dus­try in Dundee.”

Nor­man McLen­nan, Jamie Hep­burn MSP, COES pres­i­dent Hong Chong and Coun­cil­lor John Alexan­der view a model of COES’s new flag­ship, Chuang Li.

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