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Below Kevin Paterson, Dales Marine Services' contacts manager

and quality work is the name of the game for Dales Marine Services Ltd. The firm has completed 60-plus jobs in its specialist fabrication yard in the last six months. But Kevin Paterson, Dales Marine Services’ contacts manager, said the company has procedures in place to ensure the quality of the work – welding and fitting – is not compromised. He said: “We have internal procedures to ensure we are completing the job to a set list of criteria, and, over and above that, we operate using the gold industry standard, ISO9001, and frequently get third party approval while jobs are ongoing, so clients are assured of the best possible service. “Then, if there’s a tight timescale and the job is critical, we have a night shift and robust overtime procedures to ensure it is completed on time – we really pull out the stops when needed.” Dales Marine Services has one of the few fabrication facilities in Aberdeen which can operate 24-hours a day – the firm usually operates a night shift to ensure any last minute

or quick turnaround jobs can be finished. The company, which is best known for its ship refitting services, has recently made a push on its fabrication services catering for more difficult jobs, either directly for oil and gas clients, oil and gas sub-contractors, windfarm owners and contractors, or specialist design companies. Kevin said that Dale’s employees relish these technically demanding jobs as it stretches their knowledge, and they learn new skills that can be passed onto other clients’ jobs. He said: “We have extremely experienced welders and fitters and while every job we do is bespoke, there are some that stretch them that little bit more. “Our welders and fitters enjoy the challenge that something a bit more difficult can bring them, whether it’s intricate work on the job itself, or a structure that’s so big we need to part assemble it in the workshop then finish the build off beside the dry dock. “We had one massive job earlier this year for BP where we constructed a walk to work support frame (used to support an Ampelmann gangway

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