New director appointed as Peterhead’s Maritime Developments announces expansion

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PETERHEAD-based Maritime Developments, the back-deck equipment specialist for the energy industry, has appointed a new operations director and added another 17,500 sq ft to its operational base.

George Mackintosh has joined the business as operations director, switching from a similar position he held with an international energy and engineering services business.

Maritime Developments has also announced it has acquired a workshop, office and yard facility next to its 33,000 sq ft base at Wilson Street.

The additional space will be used to house its rapidly-expanding electrical services division.

The subsea industry business also expects to grow its team of 20 to 30 in the next year, with experienced staff and apprentices to be recruited.

George Mackintosh, who has more than 21 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, said: “The prospect of a new challenge with the opportunity to introduce innovative solutions to an ever-changing market was extremely appealing.

“Maritime Developments is a full-service business, from design and manufacture to installation and maintenance. There are exciting times ahead for the business due to the demand for our services and with the constant drive to enhance the safety of people working on vessels.”

Maritime Developments specialises in the provision of deck equipment solutions for vessels to support the deployment and retrieval of subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) for the oil and gas sector and cables for the renewables sector.

It designs, manufactures, delivers and supports a range of solutions including pipelay tensioners, reel drive systems, overboard chutes, control systems, spoolers, level winders and compensators. Its CE-marked solutions can also be suitable for onshore spool bases or the supply bases of product (subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines) and cable manufacturers.

The company is expanding its capability to deliver additional electrical and hydraulic services following the acquisition of the 17,500 sq ft site.

George added: “We will be recruiting experienced personnel to enhance our operations. However, we also have a track record of taking on apprentices and helping them gain qualifications at Banff and Buchan College.”