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North Star Renewables hires new executive to oversee offshore vessel fleet



North Star Renewables has appointed Steve Myers to oversee the company’s service offshore vessel (SOV) fleet in a newly created role.

The new SOV operations director will be responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the company’s growing fleet of SOVs and associated daughter craft, across all three of North Star Group’s facilities in Newcastle, Lowestoft and the headquarters in Aberdeen.

Myers will be based in his hometown at the firm’s Port of Tyne office.

He has worked in the energy sector for almost two decades, including 10 years in roles focused on renewables.

Most recently, he worked at Siemens Gamesa Renewables (SGRE), where he managed the end-to-end logistics for offshore windfarm sites to assure operational excellence.

Myers was also responsible for the organisation’s fleet management and health and safety strategy across its renewables fleet of 40 assets, made up of SOVs, crew transfer vessels, jack-ups and helicopters.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to join a team which continues to be at the forefront of design and newbuild delivery, as well as providing in-house crewing, operational excellence and ship maintenance,” he commented.

“I’m thrilled to be leading the North Star SOV operations team to ensure that we bring a market leading service to our client across the duration of our long-term contract.”

North Star chief executive Matthew Gordon said: “Steve has a proven track record for successfully managing the logistics for large, in-demand asset fleets, as well as a firm understanding of wind farm customers’ needs.

“This combination of extensive knowledge and experience will complement our existing expertise within the North Star Group and help us to keep expanding our fleet for UK and overseas waters and take the business to the next level.”

North Star currently employs 1,400 personnel in the UK working across 44 offshore support vessels in the North Sea.

It recently strengthened its renewables team with the appointment of Andrew Duncan as its first renewables director. Michael Reid has also transitioned to a new role of SOV and technology manager.

The sector is set to boom over the next five years and attract more than £60bn in investment, according to a recent Offshore Wind Council report.

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