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Turnchapel Wharf; Plymouth's Commercial Marine Business Park

International marine training company moves into state-of-the-art Plymouth facility

SeaRegs and Aquamare-2018

16 October 2018

A training provider that runs commercial maritime training courses has moved in to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility at Turnchapel Wharf on Plymouth’s waterfront. 

SeaRegs Training specialise in commercial maritime training including survival and first aid for entry level seafarers right up to Stability, Navigation and Radar for Masters with notable clients including the Port of London Authority, the International Sailing Federation and other maritime institutes around the world. 

Led by Directors Simon and Vicky Jinks, SeaRegs Training has taken occupancy of a new business unit at Turnchapel Wharf, Plymouth. The facility includes a modern workshop, classrooms facilities as well as a Transas simulator suite for pilotage and navigation exercises.  Simon Jinks explains that SeaRegs worked in partnership with Turnchapel Wharf to ensure the new premises met their unique and growing requirements, stating; “Our new office comes during a time of growth for SeaRegs Training with more teaching space and more equipment required to meet a growing demand for our services. We have recently acquired Plymouth Sailing School so this new facility at Turnchapel Wharf will be critical to our long term success. In addition to our brand new classrooms, we have now easy access to the water to be able to deliver the practical elements of our courses with ease.” 

Turnchapel Wharf is the former home of the 539 Royal Marines Assault Squadron. When the Ministry of Defence sold the site in 2014, new owners Yacht Havens Group developed the site into a thriving waterfront business park for marine businesses.

As part of the new building which was completed this summer, marine supplies firm Aquamare Marine Ltd have moved internally into new larger premises. The move comes after several years of sustained growth, both locally and internationally which led to Aquamare needing to increase their office and distribution units, as Director Mike Sommerfield explains: “Our company has expanded internationally with new clients across the USA, Australia and the Mediterranean. Our larger Plymouth headquarters will allow us to efficiently manage our marine product distribution to these countries, as well as providing the perfect location to be able to demonstrate our products to customers on the water from the waterfront at Turnchapel Wharf”. 

Speaking about the new buildings and the continued development on the ex-Ministry of Defence site, Yacht Havens Group Managing Director Dylan Kalis said, “Investing in Turnchapel Wharf and developing the site has allowed a range of local, national and international marine businesses to grow and prosper. I am delighted that SeaRegs have joined Turnchapel Wharf and I hope that they’ll enjoy the same sustained growth that Aquamare has over the coming years.”

Dylan continues, “With the opening of The Guard Room café last year, the site now has even more facilities for businesses to benefit from. We’ve got further plans in the pipeline to develop the site further to meet a growing demand from marine companies who wish to join the likes of Fugro, Thales and Princess Motor Yacht Sales who are already on-site.”

SeaRegs Training

SeaRegs Training is accredited by the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Royal Yachting Association and the Royal Society for Public Health to deliver a range of courses for Engineers, Skippers and Crew including STCW, Boatmaster, Workboat, Tug and Master 200 and 500.

In addition to the training facility at Turnchapel, SeaRegs Training has classrooms in London and delivers training at operator’s bases. www.searegs.co.uk, 01752 408270

Aquamare Marine Ltd

Established in 2009 Aquamare Marine now employs 25 people worldwide in three key locations. The head office is located in Turnchapel Wharf with further offices in West Palm Beach Florida, and on the Gold Coast in Australia. 

Aquamare Marine specialise in sales and support for the marine industry offering a unique service where we support everything we sell with a team of experienced engineers. They offer a wide range of products from Sewage treatment plants, Deck Equipment, AirCon and Ultrasonic antifouling, to luxury Siminetti mother of Pearl Mosaics. From their three locations, they offer worldwide engineering support and work with some of the world’s major boat builders. www.aquamaremarine.com, 01752 604603

Turnchapel Wharf

Turnchapel Wharf was acquired by Yacht Havens Group from the Ministry of Defence in 2014.

Since then it has undergone a major redevelopment to turn it from the home of 539 Royal Marines Assault Squadron into an exclusive, waterfront site for marine businesses. The prime marine location and the strength of the Yacht Havens Group name have enticed a number of internationally renowned marine businesses to move their operations to Turnchapel Wharf, including Fugro, Thales and Princess Motor Yacht Sales. www.turnchapelwharf.com Tel: 01752 492565

Photo caption (L-R): Jason Burdett, Aquamare Marine Director, Mike Sommerfield, Aquamare Marine Director, Ryan Bonney, Turnchapel Wharf Site Director, Vicky Jinks, SeaRegs Training Director, Marion Anderson, SeaRegs Training Co-ordinator