Company hires local pair

Survival Craft Inspectorate has recruited two apprentices and plans to take on an additional four trainees in the next six months.

A global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, Survival Craft Inspectorate has 148 staff at nine locations worldwide. More than 90 of the team are based at the company’s headquarters at Findon, just outside Aberdeen.

The business has now recruited Josh Buchanan, 17, from Westhill, and Craig Niddrie, from Portlethen, also 17, under its Modern Apprenticeship scheme after receiving more than 100 applications.

Angus Campbell, Managing Director of Survival Craft Inspectorate, said: “Developing our own talent has been extremely beneficial to the business and to the team. Encouraging young people into the industry is vital for its continued success and the future of our business.”

Survival Craft Inspectorate is going through a period of expansion with a £250,000 upgrade of its Findon facility currently ongoing. The business has also taken on six experienced staff in the past month and plans to add another four in the next few weeks.

The company’s current turnover is £15m but it is expected to rise to more than £25m for its next financial year.

Survival Craft Inspectorate also made an acquisition ahead of a 2014 deadline for the industry to comply with new rules for lifeboat release and retrieval systems.

The business acquired the RocLoc release system to complement its own Safelaunch® solution, further enhancing its position as a market leader in the provision of compliant lifeboat release systems.

The acquisition, from Canadian-based Mad Rock Marine Solutions Inc, also gave the company-increased access to the multi-million pound cruise ship safety market, particularly in North America.

The business further supported this acquisition with the opening of a new United States office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Survival Craft Inspectorate also has operations in Great Yarmouth, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, Western Australia and Houston (USA).

Survival Craft Inspectorate has more than 20 years’ experience in the manufacture, inspection, testing and servicing of lifeboats, fast rescue craft, release mechanisms, winches and davits to international standards for the global merchant shipping, cruise and oil and gas sectors.

The company earned a Queen’s Award for Enterprise last year and was named winner of the 2011 Business Over Three Years accolade at the Enterprise North East Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise.