Potential job boost at Montrose Harbour

Kim Christensen, managing director of NorSea Group, and John Paterson, CEO Montrose Port Authority
Kim Christensen, managing director of NorSea Group, and John Paterson, CEO Montrose Port Authority

Plans to attract an oil and gas operator to use Montrose Harbour for platform supply vessels could create between 25 to 30 new jobs in the future – with the prospect of more in the pipeline.

The Montrose Review can exclusively reveal that the jobs would range from office staff and storemen to forklift and crane drivers who would be required to support the services provided by NorSea Group (UK), who are operating from workshop, warehouse and office facilities and from a 10,000 m2 yard directly onto the South Quay.

Kim Christensen, managing director of NorSea Group (UK), said Montrose is now a “very attractive” place for the oil and gas industry and is ideally placed following the recent £6 million upgrade to the north side of the port.

NorSea Group is working in partnership with Montrose Port Authority (MPA) and several other local companies to bring new business to the area.

While much of the current work at the harbour is project based, the recently completed multi-million pound upgrade enhanced the capacity for handling larger cargo and supply and support vessels, opening the door for increased activity with the oil and gas sector.

Kim said the upgrade means that Montrose is ideally positioned to be a major supply base supporting oil and gas activity in the Central North Sea.

He said: “Our focus now is to work with the MPA to attract operators to establish a base at Montrose.

“We anticipate that will very quickly create between 25 and 30 new jobs with the strong likelihood of more jobs in the future.

“Montrose is now a very attractive proposition for the oil and gas industry because of the availability of deepwater berthing and greatly extended quayside operational working space and because of the infrastructure which it has in place to service the industry’s requirements.

NorSea Group (UK) increased its involvement with Montrose this year after its parent company NorSea Group, Norway’s leading provider of harbour base and logistics services to the Norwegian oil and gas sector bought Danish logistics company Danbor from Maersk, whose main Scottish base was at Montrose, in April.

NorSea Group (UK) has ambitious plans for growth across Scotland but Kim, who lives in Hillside, has a particular affinity for Montrose. He said: “We moved to Hillside just over three years ago and I very much enjoy living here and plan to stay in this area.

“Before joining NorSea Group I was CEO of Danbor so have been involved in Montrose’s development for a number of years. It is my local port and I have a great interest in seeing it reach its full potential to bring benefits to the community and create new jobs. There is huge scope for future work.

“Our initial priority is on bringing oil and gas operators to Montrose but we have the capability, expertise to service other sectors such as the renewables and decommissioning industries.”

In addition to the facilities on South Quay, NorSea Group (UK) also has workshop, warehouse and storage facilities at Broomfield Industrial Estate.

Kim added NorSea Group specialises in providing a “one-stop shop” service and logistics facility for vessels operating in the energy sector both from the UK and Europe and already operates facilities in Aberdeen, Peterhead, Scrabster Lerwick and Invergordon.