A multi million pound offshore wind industry development will be based at Whitby’s Endeavour Wharf.
The borough council has agreed a long-term lease of the wharf with Beverley-based firm Dalby Offshore which paves the way for the creation of Yorkshire’s offshore renewable energy centre in the town.
It will feature a marine control centre, which will include office space and crew and equipment handling and training facilities.
The development will also act as the operations and maintenance base for servicing offshore wind operations in the North Sea and will see offshore support vessels relaying personnel, goods and services via the port of Whitby.
Jim Dillon, chief executive of the borough council, said that the agreement would open the town up to a whole new sector of industry and create jobs for local people.
He added: “The proposed development by Dalby will bring economic growth opportunities to the entire North Yorkshire area.”
Mike Cockerill, chairman of Whitby Harbour Board, echoed Mr Dillon’s sentiments, describing the news as “very positive”.
“It has taken a long time to reach this stage, but I’m really pleased we’ve got here,” he told the Whitby Gazette. “This is a major step forward in terms of bringing the offshore industry to Whitby.
“Things won’t happen overnight, but the future possibilities that this development will open up are limitless.”