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Duke of York visit 24th July 2012
Wed 25 Jul 2012

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His Royal Highness the Duke of York visited Wells Outer Harbour yesterday Tuesday 24th July to learn more about the rapidly developing offshore renewables industry in the UK.

The Duke of York was first welcomed by Mr Einar Strømsvåg, Scira General Manager and briefed about the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm and other large developments planned for the southern North Sea. He met Robert Smith, Harbour Master, Norman Lamb MP and other representatives from the wider community during his visit.

The Duke of York and Robert Smith discussed the challenges of the renewables industry, why Scira chose Wells to operate from and why much of the 1 billion pound investment in the wind farm has been from overseas as specialist companies supplying components and expertise have not been available over here.

The Duke of York then inspected one of Gardline's latest wind farm vessels made by Alicat Workboats at the Outer Harbour and took time to talk to Tony Ford, Skipper of the Frank-T about the role of the vessel supporting the wind farm operations. The Frank-T operates daily loading supplies, equipment and food provisions from the quayside and delivers to the wind farm supply vessels at the Outer Harbour. This keeps noise and road traffic to a minimum to reduce any disruption to the tourism industy.

L to R : Robert Smith, Viscount Coke - Holkham Estate, Elizabeth Meath Baker - Walsingham Estate, Cllr Tom Fitzpatrick - NNDC, The Duke of York
L to R : Robert Smith, Viscount Coke - Holkham Estate, Elizabeth Meath Baker - Walsingham Estate, Cllr Tom Fitzpatrick - NNDC, The Duke of York

HRH Duke of York talking to Tony Ford, Skipper of the <i>Frank-T</i>
HRH Duke of York talking to Tony Ford, Skipper of the Frank-T

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