A NEW HQ and expansion has been announced by Cowes-based marine firm Seacat Services.
It has taken on new staff, commissioned two new Isle of Wight-built boats and moved to a new headquarters, part funded by the Solent LEP, at Mariners Way, Cowes.
The company, which has been working with Island firm South Boats for six years, specialises in transporting personnel and equipment to and from offshore sites.
Its new headquarters has more office and storage space, with extensive equipment stores and workshop facilities, and the company will launch two new boats in February and April, taking its fleet to 14 vessels.
Managing director Ian Baylis said: "While it has, to all intents and purposes, been business as usual at Seacat Services over the past few months, behind the scenes we have been gearing up for what is likely to be the busiest period of offshore wind construction to date.
"In practice, that means not only upgrading the hardware that makes our logistical operations possible with our new facility, but also the software in the form of talented personnel who will play a crucial role in driving operations forward over the coming years.
"In doing so, we’re delighted to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for the local community on the Isle of Wight. We are extremely grateful to the Solent LEP for the funding support that has helped us make this happen."