20 October 2020

Clarksons Platou Expand on its UK Renewables Presence and adds Research capacity

Clarksons is broadening its service offerings and expertise in the renewable energy sector by creating a wider UK based Renewables team.

Clarksons has been providing services specifically to the offshore renewables market in the UK since 2004, culminating in the formation of a dedicated global division headed up by Frederik Colban-Andersen.

Due to the increasing demand from UK clients for a 'top to bottom' marine asset procurement service covering all the stages involved with constructing an offshore windfarm, Clarksons has established a dedicated team based out of Aberdeen which, together with the already established team in London, will focus on UK renewables and offer a local presence.

James Braid will be joining the team as Divisional Director, Renewables following an internal move from Clarksons Port Services. He will have a particular focus on the Transportation and Installation elements and brings with him huge experience in all aspects of project transportation, heavy lift and equipment logistics.

"I'm delighted to be joining the Clarksons Platou Offshore team in the UK where I can refocus my skills gained from 20 years in the O&G logistics sector", said James. "In recent years I've had more and more exposure to the Renewables space in the movement of materials and equipment. The Renewables market is only going to continue to grow as the world moves towards more sustainable and cleaner sources of energy and we at Clarksons look forward to streamlining that process with our collective experience."

Going forward, Clarksons will provide its global portfolio of clients with a full project offering for offshore cargo transportation, installation and offshore logistic solutions catering to the EPCI contractors, OEMs and the Developers. The team will offer bespoke solutions by combining its integrated shipping, offshore and consultancy expertise, whilst being supported by specific modules available within Sea/the world's first end-to-end digital shipping platform - www.sea.live

Subsea Divisional Director Jonathan Lints will also be part of the UK Renewables team, where a large percentage of his client base have already diversified their businesses to focus heavily on renewable energy projects.

Furthermore, Clarksons has strengthened its renewables research team with the hire of Amanda Berland. Amanda has recently graduated with a MSc from BI Norwegian Business School, focusing the master thesis on ESG trends and investments. During her studies, Amanda worked part time within Equity Sales and Trading at DNB Markets. Based out of the Oslo office we look forward to her contribution and to further improve the research and consultancy services covering the offshore wind universe.

Paul Love, Managing Director of Clarksons in Aberdeen, has been consistently impressed by the growth of offshore renewables on a global scale and believes that Clarksons' own investment in digitalisation and market intelligence will help position the company to support this growth.

"Whilst oil & gas will still play an important role for years to come, renewable energy is now the fastest-growing energy source and it is vital that we have our own dedicated expertise and resources to meet client demand. As a business, we have invested heavily in developing our own in-house market intelligence and research tools which perfectly compliments the full service offering to our clientsWe are excited to set up the UK Renewables Division out of the Aberdeen office and look forward to further enhancing our reputation as the world's leading offshore shipbroker."