British port operator ABP has signed a new contract with a crew transfer fleet operator in support of the offshore energy industry.

'HST Hudson', one of HST's four Damen FCS 2710s

'HST Hudson', one of HST's four Damen FCS 2710s

HST Marine will set up a new base at the Welsh Port of Swansea. The agreement covers the use of a 1-acre, mixed-use site at the port, which contains open storage space and office accommodation. To prepare the location, ABP invested around £60,000 as part of work to install new fencing and gates to create a secure self-contained site.

HST Marine is an owner and operator of modern, highly proficient offshore vessels, providing solutions to a range of industries, from offshore wind to construction and oil and gas.

Tom Nevin, Chief Executive Officer at HST Marine, commented: “We are extremely happy to have set up our headquarters at the Port of Swansea, where we will be working on some exciting projects in the region, utilizing the facilities of the port and creating local jobs.”

ABP’s Divisional Port Manager, Wales and South West, Simon Brown, said: “The port has a successful track record in handling wind turbines and other specialist energy components, as well as excellent facilities to support the growing offshore energy sector in South Wales.”

By Jake Frith