Centurion Announces Transformational Acquisition in Middle East

  • Centurion acquires Specialist Services providing a strong growth platform in the Middle East
  • Specialist Services is Centurion’s largest acquisition to date and ninth since 2018
  • Acquisition significantly enhances diversity of offering to customers
  • Increases scale and resilience, expanding Centurion’s revenue base by c.20%
  • Accelerates strategy to deliver essential rentals and services to critical industries globally

Centurion Group (“Centurion”), a global leader in the supply of essential rentals and services to critical industries, today announces the acquisition of Specialist Services Group (“Specialist Services”), an innovative provider of modular buildings, production equipment and other technical services. Specialist Services is Centurion’s largest acquisition to date with 2020 reported revenues of over $60 million.

Increasing Centurion’s global footprint with a significant new bases in the Middle East

Specialist Services is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has operations across the Middle East, Asia and South-East Asia and Europe. The acquisition significantly enhances Centurion’s ability to support its customers on a global basis and increases Centurion’s geographic diversity with expansion into an important, high growth region for customers in key end markets such as infrastructure, support services, power, traditional and new energies and environmental services.

Bringing Centurion’s differentiated technical services to new customers

Specialist Services is internationally recognised for its technical modular buildings offering. The company uses specialist in-house engineering and manufacturing to create modular building configurations for specific customer requirements. Applicable to a broad range of harsh environments, such as onshore petrochemical or offshore renewables, Specialist Services’ flexible building solutions are highly adaptable and delivered to customers on a permanent or rental basis. The business is a strong strategic fit with Centurion’s existing Accommodation and Modular Solutions (AMS) operations, and will enable a larger and more technically differentiated product range to be made available to an expanded global customer base.

Specialist Services also offers design, engineering, and manufacturing of production and process packages for the energy industry, in addition to a broad range of facilities management services. These technical services complement the core buildings offering and are a strategic fit with Centurion’s existing Infrastructure and DCP businesses.

Aligned with Centurion’s strategic focus on sustainable growth and differentiation

Specialist Services brings scale and an enhanced sustainability proposition with its focus on innovative, efficient products. The acquisition further extends Centurion’s opportunities to work alongside customers to develop solutions to their environmental and sustainability challenges, in addition to supporting Centurion’s own Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.

The acquisition of Specialist Services is consistent with Centurion’s focus on bringing value enhancing acquisitions into the Group to accelerate its growth strategy.

Fernando Assing, Chief Executive Officer of Centurion, said:

“Specialist Services is a very high-quality business aligned to our strategy of sustainably delivering essential rentals and services to critical industries globally. The business brings a strong management team and provides us with a strategic base in the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia, which alongside our established positions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, means that we are able to provide a broader range of essential products and services to international customers wherever they need them. With Specialist Services we are significantly expanding our business, and creating a more resilient, scalable platform as we seek to be a partner of choice available for global customers across critical industries in the fulfilment of their sustainable growth plans. As we continue to grow the business, I am increasingly optimistic about the future. We have a strong pipeline of opportunities and we look forward to building momentum.”

About Centurion Group

Centurion is a global leader in the supply of critical services to the oil & gas, infrastructure, power, environmental and renewable energy industries. It combines the scale and the breadth of offerings via its four global geomarkets: US Land (USL); Canada Rentals & Services (CR&S), Canada Infrastructure (CINF) and Rest of World (RoW), with strong local presence in key energy markets like US, Canada, UK & Europe, Caspian, Middle East, Asia and Australia, to deliver value to customers around the world.

 

 

For more information, please visit www.centuriongroup.co.uk.

LABTECH is taking part in the UK Government Kickstart Scheme

We are delighted to announce that LABTECH is taking part in the UK Government Kickstart Scheme, an initiative designed to give young people in the UK valuable work experience and life skills to assist them in their future endeavours.

After interviewing several young and enthusiastic candidates we have offered and subsequently started two new employees, Micha Swinton, who takes up the role as Trainee Office Administrator, and Kieran Gunn, who joins us as Trainee Yard Assistant.

Andy Watson, Business Development Manager at LABTECH said: “it’s an extremely exciting opportunity for Micha and Kieran to join the Specialist Services Group family, at a time that we have just expanded at LABTECH with the recent acquisition of HB Rentals assets, and we look forward to growth across the company. I know that the senior management team is extremely proud to be taking part in this scheme, assisting the next generation in gaining valuable experience.”

Supporting Both Black and Green Energy

For decades, at Specialist Services, we have delivered our certified offshore Accommodation and Workspace modules to support oil and gas installations globally, from the world’s coldest to hottest regions, and in different tough and challenging environments.

Offshore wind is a relatively new sector in the offshore family, but this does not make it any less important to ensure that all offshore personnel are able to work offshore in comfortable and safe conditions. And we have just the right solutions.

The similarities between the offshore oil and offshore wind sectors, result in sharing the same stringent requirements. With our wide range of offshore-tested and proven, certified modules, we are here to assist you in the safe and comfortable placement of your personnel and equipment offshore.

Accommodation Solutions

While working on offshore renewables sites, your people face harsh environmental conditions. Understanding these challenges, we provide safe, comfortable and reliable accommodation solutions with our flexible, linkable and upgradable Accommodation Modules, complemented by our Utility Modules.

All our modular buildings are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance services, and are certified for offshore operations. Our Accommodation Modules offer flexible bed space from 1 to 12 man, with standard sizes of ISO 20ft and 33ft. However, other sizes are also available depending upon your requirements.

Designed to provide a flexible lay down solution, our Accommodation and Utility Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex. With easy ‘plug & play’ hook-up, the units can be stacked up to 4 modules high, and also complemented by the Specialist Services’ modular walkway and stairwell solution.

Workspace Solutions

With our range of A60 offshore Office Modules, from 10ft to 33ft, and NORSOK units, as well as our Workshop Modules range, from 10ft to 20ft, we can fully support your offshore renewables site operations.

Assuring flexibility, our Office and Workshop Modules can be outfitted and modified in line with your functional needs and requirements, while optimising workspace efficiency. Engineered and manufactured by Specialist Services meeting the highest industry standards, these units are designed to support your operations and safely house your equipment and resources.

Full Turnkey Solutions for Your Renewables Sites

Whether you require a permanent or temporary solution, for our modular TLQ projects we also provide supply and installation at your offshore renewables site as a turnkey solution. Our teams have decades of experience and technical know-how in performing installation services in coordination with your personnel and other contractors on site.

We know what we are doing. With one of the world’s largest A60 Modular Hire fleets and over 38 years of experience in the industry, Specialist Services is ideally placed to support you and advise you on a number of solutions to suit your permanent or temporary offshore accommodation requirements.

Contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your requirements.

Are you looking for an accommodation solution for your vessel?

People working offshore live in restricted spaces and away from their families for weeks or months at a time. During this time, they are exposed to complex living and working condition in a harsh working environment. However, thanks to today’s technologies, safety measures and other solutions, you can create safe and comfortable living and working environments for your employees. At Specialist Services, we are here to help you with various flexible accommodation solutions suitable for vessels, accommodation barges and floatels.

The Importance of a Safe and Comfortable Living Environment Offshore

Safety offshore should never be compromised. So, when choosing accommodation solutions for your vessels, you need to be sure your supplier is able to provide you with the best solution to keep your personnel safe. At Specialist Services, we take safety very seriously. In fact, all our accommodation and other modules are built to the latest marine requirements, using IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) as the primary guideline, as well as ABS and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) or individual Flag statutes, among others, depending on project-specific requirements. Furthermore, all our offshore modules are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to every mobilization, which is especially important during this COVID-19 period.

At the same time, you also need to consider comfort. Our FLEX accommodation solutions incorporate higher levels of comfort whole meeting the stringent safety requirements offshore. Our FLEX series features the latest digital, communication and entertainment technology as a standard. Each bed includes an individual LCD TV with CAT 6, HDMI, USB and audio connectivity. USB ports are also available for mobile phone charging, as well as network sockets with Wi-Fi option for each room.

Limited footprint on your deck? Our experienced engineering team will be able to assist you in the placement of the modules on your deck based on the footprint available, including solutions for stacking modules, if required, with supporting structures (walkways, stairways) for easy accessibility.

Custom-built solutions required? Despite our wide range of modules available from stock in our Modular Hire fleet, as well as our full capabilities for modifications, you might still require a custom-built option. In this cases, we have in-house manufacturing capabilities to provide you with a fully customised solution, where everything is done in our facilities – from design, engineering, project management, fabrication and commissioning. Our turnkey in-house capabilities ensure that we are always in full control of the products, which we are custom-building for our clients.

Flexible Accommodation Solutions for Hire

We consider the harshest environmental conditions your people are exposed to when living and working offshore. Therefore, apart from being safe and reliable, all our units are flexible, linkable, upgradable and comfortable, and can therefore suit your exact project requirements.

With easy ‘plug & play’ hook-up, our Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex. All hook-up services are conveniently located at the recessed end of the module to make it efficient for installation and hook-up offshore. Units can be stacked up to 4 modules high, complemented by the modular walkway and stairwell solution developed by Specialist Services.

1 to 12 Man Accommodation Modules

All of our certified offshore Accommodation Modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service in the most demanding locations, whilst meeting the necessary safety requirements for offshore use. All our Accommodation Modules are A60, ABS, DNV 2.7-1 and CSC Certified Safe Area and come as standard size of ISO 20ft and 33ft. However, we pride ourselves in our flexibility to provide other size solutions where required.

Designed to offer a flexible lay down solution with minimal footprint, our FLEX 33 Accommodation Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex with the central corridor easily linking the units. These units offer you a flexible bed space from 1 to 12 man, as w unit consists of a central corridor and two staterooms, accommodating 1 to 6 persons. Each stateroom provides distinctive floorplan flexibility including bunks, lockers and desk removal or addition to meet your project specific requirements for maximised space efficiency.

Adding Utility Modules

To complement our Accommodation Units, you can also add certified offshore temporary Utility Modules. These come as standard size of ISO 20ft, but with our flexibility, we can provide also other size solutions where required. In addition, internal fit outs can be designed to meet your project specific requirements. Our A60 offshore Utility Modules range includes: Kitchen and Dining Modules, Freezer and Chiller Modules, Laundry and Ablution Modules, as well as Recreation and Fitness Modules.

Use Our Office Modules for Your Working Requirements

To fully support your offshore operations, we also provide a range of A60 offshore Office Modules, from 10ft to 33ft, as well as NORSOK units. Each unit can be outfitted and modified to perform different functions that suit your specific needs and requirements. Engineered and manufactured in house to the highest industry standards, all our Office Modules are designed to optimise workspace efficiency, meet environment and acoustic requirements, and house your equipment and resources in a safe and comfortable environment.

Modular Walkway and Stairs System

For your Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ), you also need a safe and easy access to the various units. All of our Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be stacked together and linked through our walkway systems. With limited space available on your vessel, accommodation barge or floatel, and to ease transportation, we have developed a modular walkway and stairs system that can be transported in a 20ft container. Each piece can fit together to form different layouts, as per your requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

Full Turnkey Solution for Your Vessel Accommodation Requirements

For modular TLQ projects on vessels, we also provide supply and installation at your vessel, accommodation barge or floatel as a turnkey solution. Our teams have decades of experience and technical know-how in performing installation services in coordination with your personnel and other contractors on site. All of our certified offshore

accommodation modules and facility support modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service.

Contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your upcoming requirements.

Specialist Services acquires rental assets of HB Rentals outside the Americas

Further to the continuous development and expansion of Specialist Services Group in Europe, Middle East and Asia, this month we have completed the acquisition of rental assets of HB Rentals outside the Americas for an undisclosed sum.

HB Rentals have serviced their clients with this fleet of offshore accommodation modules and Zone rated office modules from their two locations in Aberdeen in the UK and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. “That geographic footprint, as well as their high quality assets, are very similar to our own rental fleet, but we believe in the value add of acquiring a sizable quantity of 8 man offshore ABS certified accommodation modules. These units significantly increase our capacity to offer larger temporary living quarter solutions in Europe, Middle East and Asia,” said Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer at Specialist Services Group.

Along with the rental assets comes a series of new and existing customers, who have been renting these modular buildings from HB Rentals. These assets, contracts and customers are now all part of the Specialist Services Group business since Monday, 12th October 2020.

Specialist Services founding Director, Philip Bond, concluded: “I am pleased that we have bought these assets from HB Rentals. This will strengthen our rental business and having done it in the current market conditions says a lot about Specialist Services Group and our team.”

Safe and Comfortable Living and Working Solutions for Offshore Drilling Rigs

Life on offshore drilling rigs has many challenges. On jack-ups, semisubmersibles, and drillships, your personnel works hard on a very restricted space and far away from home and their loved ones. But thanks to today’s technology, safety measures and modern solutions, you can create a more comfortable and safe living and working environment for your people. And we are here to help.

Safe and Comfortable Living Spaces

Who says comfort and luxury cannot be found offshore? Take a look at our FLEX series of linkable Accommodation Modules that incorporate luxury with all the stringent safety requirements offshore. Our FLEX series features the latest digital, communication and entertainment technology as a standard. Each bed includes an individual LCD TV with CAT 6, HDMI, USB and audio connectivity. USB ports are also available for mobile phone charging, as well as network sockets with Wi-Fi option for each room.

We know that safety offshore cannot be compromised, especially on offshore drilling rigs. Taking safety very seriously, all our modules are built to the latest marine requirements using IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) as the primary guideline, but also using other guidelines, such as ABS and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) or individual Flag statutes, dependent upon specific project requirements. In addition, all our offshore modules are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to every mobilization, which is especially important during this COVID-19 period.

We know what we are doing. With over 38 years of experience in the industry and with one of the world’s largest A60 Modular Hire fleets, Specialist Services is ideally placed to advise you on a number of solutions to fit your specific offshore accommodation requirements. When your operations face new or unforeseen challenges, we are here to support you with convenient solutions for your temporary requirements.

From Single Units to Complete TLQ Solutions

In one of the world’s most tightly regulated industries operating in the harshest environmental conditions, you need safe and reliable accommodation solutions that will protect your personnel. All our units are flexible, linkable, upgradable and comfortable, and can therefore suit your exact project requirements. With easy ‘plug & play’ hook-up, our Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex.

1 to 12 Man Accommodation Modules

All of our certified offshore Accommodation Modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service in the most demanding locations, whilst meeting the necessary safety requirements for offshore use. All our Accommodation Modules are A60, ABS, DNV 2.7-1 and CSC Certified Safe Area and come as standard size of ISO 20ft and 33ft. However, we pride ourselves in our flexibility to provide other size solutions where required.

Our FLEX 33 Accommodation Modules offer you a flexible bed space from 1 to 12 man. Each unit consists of a central corridor and two staterooms, accommodating 1 to 6 persons. Each stateroom provides distinctive floorplan flexibility including bunks, lockers and desk removal or addition to meet your project specific requirements for maximised space efficiency.

Designed to offer a flexible lay down solution with minimal footprint, with integrated corridors, FLEX 33 can be hired as single units or as a complete complex with the central corridor easily linking the units. In line with ABS and other international certification and safety requirements, the modules can be stacked up to 4 levels on floating installations and on a fixed platform. Compliant with the stringent ABS code, FLEX 33 has been engineered and built to provide comfort, safety and reliability, meeting the highest global specifications and standards for offshore applications.

Complemented by Utility Modules

For complete TLQ solutions, we complement our Accommodation Modules with certified offshore temporary Utility Modules. These come as standard size of ISO 20ft, but with our flexibility, we can provide also other size solutions where required. In addition, internal fit outs can be designed to meet your project specific requirements. Our A60 offshore Utility Modules range includes: Kitchen and Dining Modules, Freezer and Chiller Modules, Laundry and Ablution Modules, as well as Recreation and Fitness Modules.

Working Offshore in Our Office Modules

To fully support your offshore operations, we also provide a range of A60 offshore Office Modules, from 10ft to 33ft, as well as NORSOK units. Engineered and manufactured in house to the highest industry standards, all our Office Modules are designed to optimise workspace efficiency, meet environment and acoustic requirements, and house your specialist equipment and resources in a safe and comfortable environment. All units can be outfitted and modified to perform any number of functions to suit your specific project requirements.

Modular Walkway and Stairs System

Within TLQ Solutions, a safe and easy access to the various units is also very important. All Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be stacked through our walkway systems. With limited space available offshore and easy transportation in mind, we have developed a modular walkway and stairs system that can be transported in a 20ft container. Each piece can fit together to form different layouts, as per your requirements. This system compliments our Modular Hire packages as a complete solution for the needs of any TLQ project.

Full Turnkey Solution for Your TLQ Projects

For modular TLQ projects we also provide supply and installation at your site as a turnkey solution. Our teams have decades of experience and technical know-how in performing installation services in coordination with your personnel and other contractors on site. All of our certified offshore accommodation modules and facility support modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service.

Contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your upcoming requirements.

New Regional Office in the Netherlands

Further to the continuous development and expansion of Specialist Services Group in Europe, we are adding sales and technical support staff for the region. The team will be based in our new offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, complementing our existing yard and rental fleet in Holland.

“This new regional office marks another important milestone at Specialist Services Group. As we further penetrate the European and North Sea market, we are able to better support our Clients from two facilities with offices, yards and rental fleet in this region—Labtech in Aberdeen (UK) and now also from Rotterdam,” said Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer at Specialist Services Group.

The new office is located in Albert Plesmanweg, Waalhaven area, and includes office space for our regional Sales and Technical Support Team.

“Supported by our Engineering and Manufacturing capabilities in Dubai and New Delhi, this new facility brings significant benefits to the Group by providing BRMs and Modular Hire solutions at competitive rates for immediate delivery, as well as other products from our Buildings, Drilling, Testing, Production and Process Equipment ranges. These are also complemented by refurbishment works, as well as a responsive call out service and maintenance works,” said Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Specialist Services Group.

Visit our Contact page for the new office location and contact details.

Abdul K. Molla, Welder at Specialist Services, wins First Prize at SteelFab 2020

From January 13th to 16th, 2020 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, UAE, took place the 16th edition of SteelFab, the Middle East premier trade show for the metal working, metal manufacturing and steel fabrication industry. At the event, SteelFab together with Lincoln Electric and the Middle East Industrial Training Institute (MEITI) also hosted the inaugural Best Welder @SteelFab competition for welding industry professionals across the region.

Confident in our Welders’ expertise, during December 2019, we organised an internal welding competition at Specialist Services ASME facility in Al Quoz, Dubai, to select the four best Welders to enter the SteelFab competition: Noor Jamal, Mohamed Salem, Abdul Korim Molla and Rubal Hussain.

For the welding competition was used a Carbon Steel ASTM A36 plate (12.7mm thick) with the Electrode for SMAW – E 7018 (Shield Metal Arc Weld). Each participant had to do four rounds with positions of 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G. The welded test coupon was selected based on Visual or NDT test.

After the completion of the test coupons by all participants, the Judging Panel selected the best three welders, where Abdul Korim Molla, Specialist Services, won the First Prize. The Second Prize went to Dubai Drydocks and the Third Prize to FabTech.

Manoj Kumar, Director of Operations at Specialist Services Group said that “welding is one of the most critical and central shop floor activities, as we are in the manufacturing industry. This is a proud moment as we won the first prize when competing against key players in the industry. It further reinforces that we have the best in class technicians and we continue to enhance their skills through training.”

     

This achievement reflects the high quality we continuously pursue at Specialist Services Group, where we have a strong, systematic and structured welding framework. “The way we manage the welding process, from the qualification and selection of Welders, their training, the weld design and testing (WPS / PQR), and the maintenance of welding equipment, to controls during the welding process, traceability and consumables control, all the way to the final inspection and acceptance of the welds is praiseworthy,” said Kirankumar Nagare, QHSE Manager at Specialist Services Group

Congratulations from everyone at Specialist Services Group to Abdul for this achievement, and to all the other participants for their excellent work!

We would like to thank SteelFab, Lincoln Electric and the MEITI for organizing this competition and look forward to participate in the next one.

RedGuard Specialist Services signs Agency Agreement with EQIN in Rotterdam

We are glad to announce that RedGuard Specialist Services signed a new Agency Agreement with EQIN, the leading specialist in equipment solutions, to provide blast-resistant modular buildings in Europe.

In the photo (from left to right): John Kay, General Manager (RedGuard Specialist Services), Chris Ridley, Director (RedGuard Specialist Services), Rogier van Riet, Business Development Manager – Europe (RedGuard Specialist Services), Arjan Simmelink, Technical Director (EQIN), and Paul Verloop, Regional Manager South West (EQIN).

This partnership with EQIN will allow RedGuard Specialist Services to further penetrate the European market for blast-resistant modular buildings for sale and hire. Being the leading specialist in equipment solutions with business locations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, EQIN is well established and perfectly positioned to supply RedGuard Specialist Services’ blast-resistant modular buildings in North-West Europe.

Arjan Simmelink, Technical Director at EQIN said: “We are very excited about the agreement with RedGuard Specialist Services and are looking forward to doing business together. These modules are a valuable expansion of the equipment we can offer our customers at petrochemical plants who have to work in explosion-sensitive zones”.

With Headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, EQIN is the most versatile all-round player in the field of industrial equipment rental and sales, and is a 100% subsidiary of Stork, a Fluor company. EQIN sells and rents temporary energy, air, lighting and welding installations, tools and equipment and accessories in the chemicals, oil and gas, power, steel and shipbuilding market segments. The provision of total concepts is one of EQIN’s strengths. Throughout the world, they supply total concepts on a project basis consisting of tools and equipment, staff, safety inspections, budget management and complete site facilities for turnarounds and new constructions.

Specialist Services relaunches company websites

Welcome to the Specialist Services Group website!

“On the occasion of our 36th anniversary, and to reflect the continued development of our products, services and locations, we are proud to relaunch our website. This reflects our culture, diversity and focus on providing quality products and services in a safe manner to a number of industry sectors,” highlights Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director.

The website has been designed and developed with improved navigation and functionality in order to provide a much more user-friendly experience and allowing a simpler access to our company details as well as products and services details. Information are easily accessible through the header menu, in respective sections, and our products and services pages are complemented by product e-brochures. You can also stay informed through the latest news of the company and visit regularly our Careers pages in order to find out more about our current openings.

We invite all visitors to explore the website. For more information about our products and services you can visit our Contact page in order to choose one of our regional offices or you can simply send us an email at sales@specserve.com.

“We look forward to another year of growth at Specialist Services,” concludes Chris.