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 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.