CASC and NIMO partnership

An exciting new partnership for CASC.

CASC are delighted to be part of a new network helping to promote and drive growth in the Northern Irish maritime and offshore industry. Northern Ireland Maritime and Offshore (NIMO), which is being funded by Invest Northern Ireland’s Collaborative Growth Programme, will unite Northern Ireland’s Maritime and Offshore sectors by supporting members to unlock commercial opportunities through innovation and collaboration.

Maritime UK supported the launch event on the 11th April 2024, which was attended by Maritime UK’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal, marking a momentous occasion for not only NIMO but for the whole maritime industry across the UK.

Patron of Maritime UK, Her Royal Highness, spoke to over one hundred industry professionals including representatives of port operators, shipping lines, maritime professional services, construction and engineering companies. Her Royal Highness congratulated NIMO on the launch of their network and discussed the importance of Maritime UK continuing to support collaboration and in particular the development of regional clusters. The Princess Royal explained the critical need for a skilled workforce to navigate the complexities of the sector and drive sustainable growth.

NIMO Northern Ireland Maritime and Offshore
NIMO belfast

What is NIMO?

Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore was formed in April 2023 as a not-for-profit organisation to bring together members from across industry, government and academia as a regional cluster with a clear purpose “to unite the Maritime and Offshore sectors in Northern Ireland to drive local economic expansion and unlock opportunities sustainably, through innovation and collaboration.”

NIMO brings together ports, offshore developers, shipbuilders, manufacturers, logistics and specialist companies with expertise in low carbon solutions to integrate and support the maritime & offshore sectors – working together to ensure a net zero future.

NIMO is made up of 46 members including CASC, Kinsetsu, Belfast Harbour, Harland & Wolff, MJM Marine, Foyle Port, Doyle Shipping Group, Sea Source, Simply Blue Group and many more. NIMO officially launched at Belfast Harbour on 11th April and preceded the prestigious Maritime UK awards in Belfast on June 5th, 2024, which underscores Northern Ireland’s growing prominence in the maritime and offshore wind sectors.

NIMO Belfast Launch
NIMO Belfast Harbour

A rich history and vibrant future

Northern Ireland has a rich maritime heritage, with the sector playing an important role in the Northern Ireland economy, employing over 5,000 people and contributing almost £4bn to the economy each year.

Invest NI is supporting NIMO while addressing key strategic priorities, including job creation, regional balance, productivity enhancement, and carbon emission reduction.

NIMO Chair, Stephen Kane, said: “This launch marks a significant milestone for long-term growth in Northern Ireland’s maritime and offshore sectors. Through NIMO we aim to drive economic expansion locally, unlock sustainable opportunities through collaboration, and position ourselves as a leading maritime region in the UK and Europe.

The launch of NIMO builds on the work of the Belfast Maritime Consortium, which was led by Artemis Technologies, delivering an unprecedented investment of £33 million into Northern Ireland’s new maritime ecosystem, through UK Research & Innovation’s Strength in Places fund.

With NIMO poised to catalyse collaboration, innovation, and growth, Northern Ireland’s maritime future looks brighter than ever.

“We are delighted to be one of the founding members of NIMO. Northern Ireland is renowned for its rich engineering and maritime heritage and its really exciting seeing those companies transition across to the green economy. With the West of Dudden Sands project coming out of Belfast Port in 2013 we all got a glimpse of what renewable offshore energy looks like and it is truly amazing seeing how local companies have taken that experience and ran with it across the world – delivering huge projects for developers and turbine OEM’s. From an infrastructure and supply chain point of view, Northern Ireland couldn’t be in a better position to take advantage of the huge pipeline of work coming to the island of Ireland and in the Irish Sea in the next 10 years!”

 Karl Crockard – Managing Director at CASC.

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