Global ship repair, defence, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group has made two headline appointments to deliver its new strategic partnership with Peel Ports Group, in Great Yarmouth.
The partnership demonstrates Peel Ports Group’s and A&P Group’s commitment to making Peel Ports Great Yarmouth a centre of excellence for renewable energy, with the creation of a marine services hub.
Jonathan Mills joins A&P Group from Marineserv UK Ltd as general manager to lead operations at the Port of Great Yarmouth. An experienced senior manager within the marine, renewable energy and oil and gas sectors, Jonathan will be responsible for delivering A&P’s marine and ship repair services as well as the highly successful 24/7 mobile ship repair service, Afloat.
Dale Bezant joins as project manager, following time as a seasoned freelance project manager and estimator and as the project and operations manager for CLS Offshore. Both Jonathan and Dale will be based in A&P’s new on-site office at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.
Jonathan Mills said: “There’s a very distinct opportunity for A&P to leverage its strong history of supporting wave, tidal and offshore wind developments in Great Yarmouth, as well as wider energy projects, and a real appetite for the whole host of ship repair and conversion expertise that A&P offers. I’m confident of a very strong response from the local market.”
David McGinley, managing director of A&P Group said: “The appointment of Jonathan and Dale gives us the perfect blend of proven expertise, local knowledge, technical insight and seniority to ensure our customers enjoy the very best service, while also delivering on our shared vision to make Great Yarmouth a centre of excellence for renewables. We’re pleased to welcome them both to A&P Group.”
Since acquiring the Port of Great Yarmouth in December 2015, Peel Ports Group has been committed to bringing new opportunities for customers by investing heavily in projects such as a new £7m supply base for the offshore sector and related infrastructure. The partnership with A&P is part of this commitment and will offer added value services for new and existing customers.
Richard Goffin, port director for Peel Ports Great Yarmouth said: “We’re excited to be working in collaboration with A&P Group; their sector expertise and specialised skillset will bring numerous opportunities for port customers and Great Yarmouth. We look forward to supporting A&P as part of our ongoing partnership. “
A&P Group operates seven dry docks across three strategic locations in the UK, and has a business in Australia that provides ship repair services and support to the Royal Australian Navy. All facilities combine a rich heritage of marine engineering skills and experience, providing ship owners and energy companies with all the precision skills needed to complete the most demanding projects.Two New Headline Recruits for A&P Group & Peel Ports Group’s Great Yarmouth Partnership