Officials from the UK Government and Plymouth City Council paid visit to Turnchapel Wharf to view the site's transformation first-hand, complimenting the site and the cutting edge work being undertaken on-site.

Site Manager Ryan Bonney welcomed 'Invest Plymouth', part of the City Council's Economic Development department to the site in February. 

The Invest Plymouth team were given a full tour of Turnchapel Wharf, discussing the site's history, transformation and future plans, as well as visiting Fugro's Academy Training Centre and ROV Training Centre of Excellence.

Commenting on the visit, Sandy Gianni from the Economic Development team said, "We are so proud to have this state-of-the-art, purpose-built training facility, here in Plymouth, that is home to training courses for surveys, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and uncrewed survey vessels (USVs)."

Rebecca Smith Fugro

Sir Gary Streeter MP & Cllr Rebecca Smith visit Turnchapel

The following week, Sir Gary Streeter MP and Councillor Rebecca Smith paid visit to the site meeting staff from Fugro, Thales and Marine AI; one of the teams behind the Mayflower Autonomous Ship.

Sir Gary Streeter MP is the Conservative MP for South West Devon, and has been an MP continually since 9 April 1992.

Cllr Rebecca Smith is the Shadow Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning for Plymouth City Council, and is a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.

Pic: Rebecca Smith meeting Fugro Training Centre Manager Darren

"Thank you to Ryan Bonney and his team at Turnchapel Wharf for hosting a really good visit and introducing me to a number of key businesses on their site. The Marine Business Park they have developed really is the home of UK Maritime Autonomy. The Former MOD site still has some reminders of it's former history on site"

"All in all, a fascinating visit and great to see the game-changing work being done here in South West Devon."

- Cllr Rebecca Smith

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