Just over a year after relocating to Portland Port in Dorset, the maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has continued to grow by investing in equipment, hiring extra staff and forging links with the Greek and Cypriot shipping community.
Intermarine UK, which is part of the Polish owned Inter Marine Group, took a 20-year lease of its new facilities in the spring of 2018. It also invested about £450,000 in new equipment, including bending machines, welding sets, CNC plasma machines and laser cutters.
These are housed in a 2,400sqm fabrication and welding facility, where operations started in March last year. The company added 20 positions to its payroll at this point and it plans to employ 60 additional staff over the next two years.
Slawomir Kalicki, president of Inter Marine Group, said that the company wants both to offer afloat repair services to shipping at its new location that served as a naval base in the past, plus to work with shipyards around the UK to offer repair, engineering and manufacturing services.
The company’s arrival in Portland Port was welcomed by Richard Drax, MP, who said after a visit to Intermarine UK’s facilities: “A specialist company working in the world of shipping is exactly what we hoped to attract here, bringing with it the promise of skilled jobs and exciting and rewarding careers.”
Some two months later, in July, Kalicki and Drax visited then Minister for Business and Industry Richard Harrington MP in the House of Commons. “Through our modern Industrial Strategy and National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are working with the sector to attract more investment like this and secure a viable future for UK’s maritime sector,” the minister said after the meeting.
Intermarine UK’s strategy to seek cooperation with other shipyards has borne fruit as it has worked on the aircraft carriers HMS Prince of Wales, currently under construction in Rosyth in Scotland, and HMS Queen Elizabeth that was commissioned in 2017, which are the largest ships the Royal Navy has ever had.
The next step forward followed in late August, when Intermarine UK won a contract worth more than £1million to fabricate more than 10 tons of piping for RRS Sir David Attenborough, an Antarctic research vessel Cammell Laird in Birkenhead is building for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Investment has continued, so that by near the end of 2018, the company had spent £650,000 in new machinery. At the end of November, the company employed Mark Bowden in a new position of production manager, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the facilities in Portland Port. He joined the company from A&P Falmouth, where he held the position of procurement manager.
Finally, in early April this year, Intermarine UK appointed the shipping agent Olimpic as its representative in Greece and Cyprus. Kalicki said at the time: “I have known Olimpic’s owner Georgios Orfanos for many years through his Polish operations in the Port of Gdynia and we are confident we can offer ship owners a very strong ship repair and spares package at Intermarine’s base in Portland.”