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28th May 2019

Offshore Wind Industry Sector Deal - Tidal Transit shows the way

When the government launched its UK Offshore Wind Industry Sector Deal in April 2019, it stated that one of its objectives is to increase the percentage of females working in the industry from 16% to at least 33% by 2030.

“This would seem to be directed at encouraging women into engineering, which is an excellent objective. But it is important to realise that it is not just about inspiring them to train in this field,” said Leo Hambro, Commercial Director of Tidal Transit Limited.

“There are many other career options, including those in the marine industries, vital to the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. Tidal Transit has been working with offshore wind farm developers and operators transferring technicians to various sites since 2011 and is proud to employ one of the few female skippers in the industry.”

Amy Gibson, who is a skipper on Eden Rose, one of Tidal Transit’s offshore wind farm crew transfer vessels, has no regrets about her decision 7 years ago to leave a 9-5 routine to take on the challenge of a marine career in the offshore wind industry.

"I was 28, working as a sales representative, and looking for a career opportunity that would let me work outdoors. Tidal Transit had just taken delivery of their second crew transfer vessel [CTV] and was recruiting for crew. It was a real leap of faith for both me and company; I had no experience or relevant qualifications and didn’t even know if I would suffer from sea sickness! However, after undergoing the required ENG1 Medical and completing the STCW Basic Safety Training, it was arranged for me to spend a day on Eden Rose which was working in the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm field. I was hooked, and very shortly afterwards began my career in the young offshore wind industry as a deck-hand on Eden Rose’s sister ship, Ginny Louise."

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About Tidal Transit Ltd

Tidal Transit Ltd, provides access, transport and crew transfer services to the industries of the North Sea. Operating from the North Norfolk coast we specialise in safe, speedy and efficient travel for those working in the offshore wind energy sector.

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