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16 November 2015

UNIQUE GROUP ACQUIRES ABERDEEN MARINE SURVEY EQUIPMENT FIRM GSE RENTALS

16 November 2015

Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals (Geophysical Survey Equipment) a rental specialist of high quality Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company's workforce will be retained.  Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.

Unique Group has more than 20 years of survey rental experience globally. By acquiring GSE Rentals, it can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “GSE Rentals is a well respected company that offers a high level of technical support and knowledge to its global customers.

“The advantage to GSE Rentals’ customers is that it will now be able to provide enhanced global support through Unique Group’s bases in the Middle East, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA. 

“We are well aware of the high-quality service provided by GSE Rentals and by committing additional capital to increase its fleet, we will enhance its place as the preferred marine survey rental company in Europe.” 

Stan Moroney, the now former owner, of GSE Rentals said: “Becoming part of Unique Group will allow us to invest further in our rental pool and ensure that we have all the skills and equipment to meet our clients’ needs now and in the future.  For the past 25 years we have been supplying the latest technology, supported by our dedicated staff and we will continue to supply the same high level of expertise and support to our clients”. 

Harry Gandhi, founder of Unique Group said: “We offer the very best in the offshore and subsea sectors and the addition of GSE Rentals to our team is great news for our existing and potential customers.

“Our acquisition Of GSE Rentals will help us consolidate and expand into key markets that complement our existing offering, from Aberdeen to Singapore.”

Unique Group recently acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea, the market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. Oceanwide’s Rotterdam office has increased Unique Group’s access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports. 

GSE Rentals will continue to operate from its facility in Aberdeen, a short distance from Unique Group’s UK headquarters in Dyce. 

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Media contact: Frazer Blyth, Blue Water Energy. [email protected] +44 (0)7793 041618

 Notes to editors

About Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s rental equipment division

Andy has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and has worked for a number of major subsea contracting and service companies principally in the subsea construction sector. Prior to this Andy served in the Royal Engineers qualifying in combat engineering and as a military diver.

Prior to joining Unique Group, Andy was managing director of CDL and in 2013 oversaw the sale of the business to US listed corporation Teledyne Technologies.

Andy had senior roles at Prospect (part of Hallin) where he managed businesses in Asia, the US and the UK and at Ashtead Technology, where he was managing director.

At the start of his career in the oil and gas sector, Andy worked offshore in ROV and survey operations in the US, North Sea, Asia and Australia.

In 2011 Andy worked on various private equity backed transactions both in the UK and US before joining CDL in February 2012 as managing director led the sale of the business to US listed corporation, Teledyne Technologies in 2013. 

Unique Group

Founded in 1993, Unique Group is among the world’s prominent integrated subsea and offshore solution providers.

Through its five operational business divisions, Unique is a specialist in the provision of engineering, sales and rental of equipment for the marine, diving, and subsea market sectors. The group has an established manufacturing capability for the delivery of customized engineering projects worldwide.

Unique is headquartered in Sharjah, Middle East and has local presence in the USA, UK, South Africa, India, Singapore, Rotterdam,  Netherlands and employs over 500 people worldwide.

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