BUSINESS BOOST: Members of Lincol Oil Company, pictured at the Sealink Marine Oils brand launch, before the Grimsby Renewables Partnership monthly meeting, hosted by Lincol, at the Humber Cruising Association bar on Grimsby Docks. Pictured are, from left, Jill Harrington, finance director, Mike Harrington, managing director, Matt Pimlatt, sales manager, and Simon Greaves, general manager.
BENEFITS of being part of the offshore wind community have been spelled out by a Stallingborough company enjoying a business boost from the burgeoning industry.
Lincol Lubricants, a division of Larco, has now launched its own brand of marine oil, having recorded a 25 per cent growth in demand.
Receiving bulk supplies by the tanker load from industry leaders at the Scandinavian Way base, it is now sold under the Sealink Marine Oils label, with regular deliveries to Grimsby and Immingham ports, as well as those further afield.
Managing director Mike Harrington used the latest Grimsby Renewables Partnership event to launch the brand.
Mr Harrington said: “This just proves that a local company has had some success from the major companies. It has taken three or four years for us to get to this stage, but the effort has undoubtedly been worthwhile.
“It is good for SMEs to think it is worth having a go at, worth sticking with.
“In the last year or two we have increased business by 25 per cent, which is a lot, and we are hoping to continue that trend with the new brand.”
It is not just the Humber benefiting the business either.
“We are also sending to other ports, Bristol and Teesside to name but two, he said.
Underlining the focus on service, and immediacy of requirements of an industry operating to tight timescales, with downtime costly, Mr Harrington said: “We recognise that there are two tides a day. The majors cannot respond at that speed.”
Wash pumps and other filling and pressure washing equipment are also supplied through the Larco element.
Founded in 1906 by Francis Harrington, who worked as chief engineer on Merchant Navy vessel SS Star of Victoria, he came ashore to put his expertise into his own enterprise.
Lincolnshire Asbestos And Rubber Company, as it was originally known, initially supported the steam-powered fishing fleet, but has adapted through the decades as the nature of Grimsby’s main industry has. Food-grade lubricants for the millions of pounds worth of processing equipment that the town has amassed is another strong sector.