|Founded||Great Yarmouth, England|
|Headquarters||Great Yarmouth, Norfolk|
Number of employees
The Gardline Group is a holding company based in Great Yarmouth, England. The group consists of more than 35 companies focussed primarily on service industries. The holding company was established in 2009 to bring together a number of existing companies including the original Gardline Shipping, first established in 1969 which continues today, focussed on shipping and other maritime services.
Gardline Shipping was first established in 1969 to provide marine support to offshore oil and gas industry in the North Sea. In 2009, as part of 40th anniversary celebrations, the Gardline Group was established to bring together a large number of multi-disciplinary companies involved in a range of activities that include satellite communications, marine sciences, security, ship building, dry dock engineering, geographical information systems, digital mapping and vessel charters.
The group currently employs around 1,000 personnel worldwide and has a turnover of approximately £140 million (GBP). Gardline is now the largest employer in the Great Yarmouth area. The company continues to sponsor careers fairs in the region.
Offshore wind farms
In recent years, Gardline and its subsidiary companies have expanded their services to include support of offshore wind farms as a core service. The company's offshore wind farm related businesses have experienced significant growth in line with the UK Government's wind farm development programs.
In 2010, Gardline Environmental, a subsidiary of Gardline Marine Services, won a tender to provide environmental survey services for the proposed Dogger Bank offshore wind farm. Later that year, the company announced it had been awarded environmental survey work for the proposed Atlantic Array offshore wind farm project.
In 2012, Gardline announced it had entered a bid to provide port operations services to ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall AB, one of the successful consortia in Round 3 of the UK Government's offshore wind farm program. In 2013, another Gardline subsidiary, Alicat Workboats, announced the construction of 4 high-speed catamarans to service the Robin Rigg Wind Farm.
The Gardline Group is a multinational corporation with companies and offices around the world.
In the United States, the company is represented by Gardline Surveys Inc and G Comm, Houston.
In Europe, the company has a number of major subsidiaries including AST, C A Design Services Ltd (including 3d Architects, Gardline Infotech now re-branded CADS Mapping, Tait Design and Cadnet Ltd), North Sea Marine Cluster, G Comm, Richards Dry Dock and Engineering (including Alicat Workboats Limited), Gardline Marine Science Limited, Gardline Shipping Ltd, Lankelma Limited, MK Services Limited, SEtech Limited, The Howards Group (including Howards Residential and Howards Commercial) and Independent Electrical Service Ltd
In the Middle East, the company is represented by Gardline Lankelma (Middle East) Limited
In Asia, the company is represented by Ast Asia Pte Ltd and Gardline Surveys (Far East) Ltd.
In Australia, Gardline is represented by Ast Australia, Gardline Australia Pty Ltd and Gardline Marine Sciences Pty Ltd.
In Malaysia, Gardline is represented by Asian Geos Sdn Bhd.
In Africa, Gardline is represented by AST South Africa.
As the original foundation entity of the Gardline Group, Gardline Shipping retains the core businesses of the Gardline Group.
The company operates a fleet of 12 offshore vessels, 4 nearshore and coastal vessels and numerous windfarm support vessels. The fleet is capable of carrying out hydrographic, geotechnical, oceanographic, geophysical, and environmental surveys.
Offshore Survey Vessels
|Ocean Discovery||1983||2010||50 berths||86.9 m||3,705 GT||United Kingdom||8112550|
|Ocean Endeavour (ex RMAS Salmaster)||1986||2004||32 berths||77.1 m||1,967 GT||United Kingdom||8402008|
|Ocean Observer||1986||2007||30 berths||80.4 m||2,820 GT||United Kingdom||8511275|
|Ocean Reliance||1987||2011||43 berths||85.4 m||1,814 GT||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||8616609|
|Ocean Researcher (ex RRS Charles Darwin)||1984||2005||39 berths||69.4 m||2,556 GT||United Kingdom||8207941|
|Ocean Seeker||1970||2000||43 berths||80.7 m||1,943 GT||United Kingdom||7012179|
|Polar Surveyor (ex Nordsyssel)||1983||2014||42 berths||71.6 m||1,859 GT||United Kingdom||8118994|
|Sea Explorer||1976||N/A||29 berths||58.9 m||1,385 GT||Bahamas||7504249|
|Sea Surveyor||1979||1999||30 berths||64.1 m||1,275 GT||Bahamas||7813901|
|Sea Trident||1974||1984||30 berths||57.9 m||964 GT||Panama||7393169|
Tranship B.V. Offshore Vessels (Managed by Gardline)
|Ivero||1982||2011||24 berths||34.0 m||307 GT||Netherlands||8108377|
|Kommandor||1986||2011||44 berths||68.5 m||1,573 GT||Bahamas||8517205|
|L'Espoir||1972||N/A||30 berths||67.4 m||1,168 GT||Netherlands||7024550|
Gardline Marine Sciences and Gardine Australia own two vessels which are currently being leased to Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
|Vessel||Built||Max Speed||Accommodation||Length||Tonnage||Flag||IMO number||Image|
|Triton (ACV 90)||2000||18 knots||42 berths||98.7 m||2,236 GT||United Kingdom||4906551|
|MV Niugini Guardian||1983||8 knots||16 berths||34.9 m||339 GT||Papua New Guinea||4906551|
Nearshore and Coastal Vessels
|Vessel||Built||Max Speed||Length||Breadth||Flag||IMO Number||Image|
|Confidante||1989||11 knots||33 m||7 m||United Kingdom||8831297|
|George D||1991||10 knots||19 m||5 m||United Kingdom||N/A|
|Melanie D||1994||17 knots||8 m||4 m||United Kingdom||N/A|
|Meriel D||2008||25 knots||17 m||6 m||United Kingdom||N/A|
Windfarm Support Vessels
|Gallion||2010||30 knots||20 m||6.5 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
|Gardian 1||2010||30 knots||20 m||6.5 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
|Gardian 2||2010||30 knots||20 m||6.5 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
|Gardian 7||2010||30 knots||20 m||6.5 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
|Gardian 9||2010||30 knots||20 m||6.5 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
|Marianarray||2011||26 knots||17 m||6 m||United Kingdom||Jet|
|Smeaton Array||2011||30 knots||20 m||6 m||United Kingdom||Controllable-pitch propeller|
|Waterfall||2009||26 knots||16 m||6 m||United Kingdom||Prop|
Past Gardline Vessels
|Surveyor (Gardline's first ship)|
|Sea Profiler (ex RRS Shackleton, British Antarctic Survey ship)|
|Sea Searcher (ex Johan Mansson, a Swedish Government hydrographic research vessel)|
|Gardline Seeker (later used as pirate radio station vessel with Laser 558)|
|Gardline Locater (ex HMS Blackburn, a naval aviation stores carrier, used to carry aircraft and aviation spares around the coast)|
|Resolution (ex German deep sea trawler)|
|Researcher (ex INGØY, built 1950 as local passenger/cargo vessel in Norway, sold to Gardline in 1970)|
- "Gardline Homepage". Gardline Shipping Limited. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Gardline trains for offshore transfers (Great Yarmouth Mercury, 26 July 2011)
- Careers in Energy sponsored by Gardline Group (Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, 2012)
- 20 - Gardline Shipping (Eastern Daily Press, 2011)
- Gardline is recruiting new staff every month by Annabelle Dickson (Great Yarmouth Mercury, 29 August 2012)
- Yarmouth company's wind farm contract (Great Yarmouth Mercury, 10 February 2010)
- Gardline Group gathers offshore wind work (Maritime Journal, 20 April 2010)
- Great Yarmouth bids to run port ops for 325 turbine wind farm by Liz Coates (Eastern Daily Press, 23 December 2012)
- Four new Alicats for E.ON (Maritime Journal, 15 January 2013)
- North Sea Marine Cluster. "Managing Marine Protected Areas" (PDF). NSMC. Retrieved 5 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Gardline Vessels - Offshore". Gardline Marine Sciences. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Gardline Vessels - Nearshore and Coastal". Gardline Marine Sciences. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Gardline Vessels - Windfarm Support". Gardline Marine Sciences. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Tranship BV Fleet". Tranship B.V. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- "Gardline Vessel Sea Searcher". Phil English.
- "Gardline Seeker". Phil English. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "HMS Blackburn Archive". World Naval Ships Forum. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
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- "Gardline Vessel Resolution". Phil English. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
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