Programme - Port  infrastructure & O&M support

Topic: Port infrastructure & O&M support
Date: Thursday 8 July 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Virtual Webinar

10:00 - 11:00       Port infrastructure & o&M support


 Panel discussion: 

Best practise in engaging your local supply chain  

Hear from different ports on how they ensure projects deliver high local content and low costs.

 Chair: Simon Brett, Commercial Director, Port of Tyne

Simon Brett
Simon Brett, Commercial Director, Port Services, joined Port of Tyne in 2019, responsible for bulk, automotive, and offshore. Bringing 30 years of experience within the maritime sector, his career began with the Crown Estates and later Westminster Dredging, before joining Associated British Ports (ABP).  As ABP Head of Projects, Simon led the Siemens Gamesa, Green Port Hull project; totalling a combined investment of £310m. Since joining Port of Tyne, Simon has led the Port to the next phase in developing a major hub for offshore energy, working to optimise on-site facilities, ensuring they are ready for development.


Joanne Allday,Strategic Business Development Manager,Port of Cromarty FirthJoanne Allday

Joanne Allday is Strategic Business Development Manager at the Port of Cromarty Firth.  This Trust Port has invested over £50m in new infrastructure; successfully positioning itself as a leading renewable energy hub.  The Port has supported the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm, 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm and 50MW Kincardine floating wind farm, as well as leading on the creation of a Freeport in the Cromarty Firth and the North of Scotland Hydrogen Hub.

Having been a senior executive at the Port since 2016, Joanne is well placed to present on the role which Ports & Harbours will have in offshore renewable energy developments. In her spare time, Joanne is a Trustee of the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership.


Richard Yemm FREng, Director, QRichard Yemm pictureuoceant Ltd

Richard has been at the forefront of the renewables industry for over 25 years and has been widely recognised for this contribution to the sector. Richard has broad practical and theoretical engineering knowledge, extensive experience with all aspects of marine operations, and with developing, assessing and optimising O&M strategies and procedures for floating offshore renewable technologies.


Terry Simmons, Director,  Gibb Group





 port of tyne logo Port of Tyne

Port of Tyne is one of the UK's major deep-sea ports – operating in offshore, bulks, break bulk, rail-freight, automotive, cruise and ferry, logistics and estates.  The Port is the custodian of seventeen miles of the River Tyne which is home to an existing offshore cluster with partner organisations such as the UK renowned South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders and Shepherds, contributing to a well-established offshore energy supply chain.  As one of only two deep sea ports in the North East of England, 83% of the world’s largest cargo ships can be accommodated at the Port of Tyne.

Port of Tyne recently launched Tyne Clean Energy Park – the North East’s ‘most versatile’ clean energy park providing a unique co-location opportunity for the renewables sector with unrestricted, 24/7 marine access to berths of 13.0m of depth. 

The Port also won two Clean Energy Awards at the Maritime UK 2020 Awards highlighting the significant progress the Port has already made towards meeting the ambitious net zero roadmap targets outlined in Tyne 2050 and becoming renowned as a hub for clean energy enterprise in the UK. During a decade of development, the Port of Tyne has invested over £130 million in diversifying its operations to handle a growing range of commodities.