UK-based Forth Ports has acquired OM Heavy Lift (OMHL) as it bids to expand its offshore renewable energy handling capabilities across its gateways.

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Alex Fyfe and David Webster.

Dundee-based OMHL will work across Forth Ports’ Scottish operations, including the ports of Leith, Grangemouth, Rosyth and Dundee; it has worked closely with Forth Ports on a number of large-scale projects in the renewables and decommissioning sectors. It also operates the UK’s largest permanent quayside crane.

OMHL will continue to be led by managing director, Alex Fyfe, who will work directly with David Webster, as the newly appointed director of energy for Forth Ports. 

Webster said: “With the OMHL team coming on board, we can now offer a complete, integrated service solution for offshore renewables customers, anywhere within our ports business in Scotland, from marine towage right through to quayside cranage and laydown land.”

Charles Hammond, group chief executive of Forth Ports, added: “[This] news is another important strategic move for Forth Ports as we secure our place in the offshore renewables sector, following the recent announcement of the ScotWind leasing round. We are investing significantly in Dundee and Leith to create an attractive offering for offshore renewables, which will support the country’s transition to net zero. The acquisition of OMHL, coupled with that of Targe Towing, places Forth Ports in a strong position to play a leading role in supporting Scotland’s offshore renewables future.”