Duffy & McGovern Expands Engineering Team

Duffy & McGovern is expanding its Aberdeen engineering team to boost the output of its fleet build program.

The company is taking on four new engineers for an accelerated phase of module manufacturing, which will see it add some 20 new modules to its fleet by the end of March 2005.

The new modules will comprise twelve four-man linkable sleeper units, suitable for the UK continental shelf and Europe, and eight new Zone 1 engineering modules.

"This is the third round of module manufacture we have embarked on this year to increase our global coverage and expand the fleet," says Duffy and McGovern operations director George Emslie. "These latest additions will be deployed across a variety of locations. Our existing four-man linkable units are in great demand in Europe at present and are largely all out on hire. The new four-man modules will be available from our Aberdeen base to meet additional demand at short notice come February. Engineering modules will be shared between a number of our overseas locations, including our new Singapore base, to build up stocks in these new markets."

A team of four new engineering staff has been assembled to assist with module manufacturing. Muir Parker joins as engineering consultant, from First Technology plc. David Wares and Susan Calaswaite join as electrical engineer and draughtsperson respectively, while Suzanne Holmes has been appointed as architectural engineer. Duffy and McGovern now employs 35 staff at its Aberdeen base. The new appointments will work with the existing engineering team to fast-track the design and build of the new cabins.

Duffy and McGovern has added over 65 new cabins to its global fleet in 2004, representing an investment of £4.5 million. At the start of the year the company built 30 new cabins in the United States for use in the Gulf of Mexico and Canada and in September added 12 further engineering units to the global fleet. In October Duffy & McGovern designed and built a new fleet of 12-man sleeper units using a brand new design for use in the Americas, West Africa and South East Asia. The new modules are part of a globalization and fleet enlargement program which will see Duffy & McGovern build a fleet of 420 units by 2008 to service its growing world-wide customer base.