DEMAND for boats to support the construction and servicing of offshore wind farms has led to the expansion of a Largs-based support firm.
Maritime Craft Services (MCS), which was founded in 1977, has bought two more supply vessels, taking its fleet up to 21.
MCS Coromell will join the firm this week and will immediately be deployed to the Greater Gabbard wind farm off the coast of Suffolk, the world’s second-largest offshore scheme.
UK business and energy minister Michael Fallon last week officially opened the wind farm, which is owned by power companies RWE and SSE.
MCS Kaver, the other new vessel, has already been dispatched to work on the Bard offshore wind farm in German waters.
Dirk Kuyt, managing director of MCS, said: “Demand for our vessels has never been stronger.
“The offshore wind farm sector is booming across the UK and Europe as more developments spring up. That sector in particular is key to our long-term plans.”
The latest expansion was funded through a £4.5 million loan from Clydesdale Bank, which came on top of a £20m facility in 2011. Twelve jobs have been created, taking the firm’s headcount to more than 180.
MCS already operates across Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East.