RIX delivers solid performance

Mr Clarke said: “Currently all our existing crew transfer vessels are working at windfarms in British or European waters and we need to add to the fleet to meet demand. So we are forecasting another good year for shipping in 2015.”

The company’s tanker and barge fleet operations, and its stevedoring activities in Hull and Montrose, also reported an increase in turnover and profitability.

Mr Clarke said: “2014 was a solid performance for the Group and an improvement overall on the 2013 results.

“The performance of the property business improved as a result of greater demand for warehouse facilities and our car sales business, Jordans, also had a better year.

“We continue to invest across all areas of the Group; last year we purchased 17 new tankers for the petroleum business with more in the pipeline for later this year. We are currently constructing major new warehousing facilities on our port operations in Montrose and that, along with the new crew transfer vessel and further announcements we will shortly be making, means we are looking forward to another strong year.”

Victory Leisure Homes, the Rix-owned caravan and lodge manufacturer based at Gilberdyke in East Yorkshire, saw turnover increase from £10m in 2013 to £12m last year and Jordans went from £14.6m to £17.4m in the same period.