Noble Denton Opens New Office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Noble Denton Group has expanded its UK presence with the opening of a new office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The move is part of an on-going period of global expansion for the company.

Noble Denton Consultants Ltd, one of the UK operating companies of the Noble Denton Group, will operate from the Newcastle office in Seaton Burn where the new team has brought specialist skills in design and consultancy for ports, ships and marine operations, using state of the art structural and hydrodynamic tools to underpin their technical work. The office will also provide a base for the existing broad range of Noble Denton Consultants' technical consultancy services.

The marine industry in the north east of England is currently enjoying a major resurgence and the decision by Noble Denton to open an office in Newcastle will add significantly to this growing sector.

The new operation will be headed by David Byrne, general manager of Noble Denton Consultants Ltd in Newcastle. Prior to joining Noble Denton, Byrne was director of Burness Corlett - Three Quays (Newcastle) Ltd. He has a wealth of experience acquired over 40 years in the maritime industries as a mariner and a naval architect, working in research and development, consultancy and specialized design services. Eight specialists from his former company have also joined the new team at Noble Denton.

RV Ahilan, European regional managing director of Noble Denton, said: "We were very keen to have a presence in the north east of England – the marine industry is an area that is burgeoning with the potential to develop a highly successful business offering. After two decades of no new offshore drilling rig construction in the UK, the region is now at the vanguard of the return of the offshore construction industry to Britain with two new rigs due for completion in Teesside in the next few years.

"These exciting prospects in the region and its high quality resource base provide us with a superb opportunity to serve our clients and grow the business. It is our intention to expand operations in Newcastle on the back of the network of contacts already established by David Byrne and his team. The move also brings new business lines to the Noble Denton Group, in particular, in the provision of marine technology expertise to the development of ports and terminals."

It is anticipated that the expansion will create more than 20 job opportunities and an active recruitment campaign to attract highly skilled workers is planned.

Byrne added: "My team and I are very excited to be part of this important, strategic development for the marine industries in the north east. Innovation and excellence in maritime engineering have long been a hallmark of the region and we look forward to continuing this great tradition. We have immediate plans for expansion providing opportunities for experienced mariners and maritime engineers. We are also keen to provide training opportunities to develop young talent."

The launch of Noble Denton's Newcastle office is one of a number of initiatives currently underway as part of a strategic expansion of the Group's activities. In recent months it has made a number of acquisitions including: InDec AS in Oslo, Poseidon Maritime (UK), an Aberdeen based consultancy firm and Lowe Offshore International Ltd, a Houston based project and engineering firm. It has also consolidated its Offshore Dynamics Inc arm as a separate division by setting up new associated companies in Houston and Sharjah to complement existing entities in London and Singapore.

Noble Denton traces its origins back to 1904 and today, the group has more than 400 employees in all key oil and gas industry centers in Europe, North and South America and the Middle and Far East. Noble Denton Group has experienced spectacular growth in the last few years capitalizing on the increasing demand for consulting services in the marine and energy markets. The Group is backed by two investment groups: Ferncliff TIH and Hitec Vision who are committed to the further growth of Noble Denton.