MacGregor Stengthens Service Portfolio in GOM with New Acquisition

Through the acquisition of privately-owned US service company Platform Crane Service Inc in April this year, Cargotec Corporation's MacGREGOR Group further strengthened its offshore portfolio and increased its presence in the important Americas and Gulf of Mexico area.

MacGREGOR has already established services to be close to offshore customers in two other key regions, the North Sea and Asia Pacific, and the PCS-agreement built on its strategy to have facilities located near customers wherever in the world they are.

With a leading position in the supply of innovative load-handling solutions for the marine and offshore industries, MacGREGOR offers a range of solutions for installation on offshore vessels and rigs. These include Hydramarine cranes and subsea load-handling solutions, with and without active heave-compensation (AHC) systems, Hydramarine rescue davit systems and A-frames. MacGREGOR also supplies a broad range of Plimsoll winch systems for offshore operations such as anchor handling, mooring and a long list of other applications, as well as Nordstroms bulk-handling systems for offshore supply vessels.

MacGREGOR-PCS's service capabilities now complement this broad portfolio and provide experienced on-hand knowledge in a region where MacGREGOR previously had a limited presence. "With the global recognition of MacGREGOR as the market leader in marine cargo handling solutions PCS will be able to tap on the technological expertise, market presence and extensive global service network to expand further and provide better solutions to our customers," said Ryan J Richard, president and majority shareholder of PCS. "By joining the MacGREGOR team, PCS and its loyal employees will be able to grow and reach new heights than previously imagined."

For more than 20 years PCS has specialized in preventative maintenance work on hydraulic and mechanical cranes. The company has aimed to work with the customer to design a maintenance program which meets with the customer's particular needs and requirements – a philosophy that MacGREGOR also applies. PCS says that its experience in performing preventative maintenance inspections – required for both offshore and onshore cranes – assures that equipment is maintained properly and that any downtime is minimized.

In addition to repair and maintenance specialities, the company has also developed one of the most advanced and up-to-date crane operator/rigger certification programs in the industry. "Continuously updating certifications for changing MMS, PEC, OSHA, IADC regulations, PCS has been trusted for over 20 years to qualify over a thousand people," highlights Michael Jamer, sales manager for MacGREGOR's New York office.

He added, "Also, major oil and drilling companies, including Chevron/Texaco, UNOCAL, R&B Falcon, H&P, Transocean, ENSCO, and many other independent companies trust PCS with their employee training." Training takes place either at the PCS training facility or directly at a company's offshore site anywhere around the world. PCS offers many OSHA and safety training programs as well.