ATR Group Makes Major Investment in Lifting Services, Adds New Staff

The ATR Group has invested in four highly experienced new staff to lead its lifting services division and more than £300,000 in consumable and rental stock as it further develops its portfolio of services in 2009.

Andy Paterson, Eddie Mowatt, Phil Cameron and John Dorrian bring more than 50 years' experience to the division, further developing ATR lifting services offering into a full-service rental and sale, training, testing and certification specialist.

ATR Lifting Services specializes in the full range of equipment and expertise needed in both on- and offshore environments, to Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and LEEA codes of practice.

Director, Robert Skidmore, said, "The arrival of these four experts gives us a real edge in lifting services as they are each hugely experienced in their field -- skills which are a perfect match for our expanded pool of rental assets.

"Growing our fleet allows us to provide fully-certified equipment on an ongoing basis to locations from our main market, the UKCS, to the Caspian and West Africa without a loss of service to the client, which is vital in offshore operations."

ATR Group previously acquired Bridon International Limited's Aberdeen-based lifting services division, adding on and offshore inspection and certification services and significantly expanding its existing range of specialist lifting equipment and accessories.

John Dorrian has arrived at ATR as the firm's ICP (independent competent person) and technical support engineer, responsible for high-level work including development and implementation of management systems, procedures, testing and auditing in on- and offshore operations.

"Safety and integrity management is of paramount importance in all work environments and is at the core of what I do -- ensuring that we at ATR, and the clients we work with, comply with all of the regulations and guidance issued to the industry," he said.

"Our team has vast experience across the industry and we are all very much hands-on in our work. We've trained to a high level and take what we do very seriously, being involved at every stage of operations from site surveys to extensive non-destructive testing and certification.

"My role extends across all aspects of the lifting services we provide, from risk management and lift planning to certification and training, all in compliance with LOLER and PUWER regulations, LEEA codes and HSE guidelines in situations involving all types of cranes, hydraulic and pneumatic lifting equipment, lifting accessories and cargo carrying units (CCUs)."

Dorrian is one of only a handful of professionals in his field to hold the British Safety Council's diploma in environmental management, in addition to wide-ranging LEEA diplomas and personal affiliations. He started his career as a mechanical engineer working on the first semi-submersible oil rigs to be built on the Clyde, at Port Glasgow.

ATR was acquired by Keith Moorhouse and Robert Skidmore in a deal supported by Aberdeen Asset Managers and RBS Structured Finance in June 2007.

Since then, ATR Group's turnover has risen from £14million to more than £18million and its workforce grown by more than 50% from 85 to130 employees, with further new jobs anticipated in the next 12 months.