Leask Marine well equipped to chart new waters
Kirkwall-based marine services business Leask Marine has four full-time diving crews, and provides a broad range of services that include shipping, civil engineering and salvage. It recently added another vessel to its expanding fleet, thanks to funding from RBS.
A key area of growth in the commercial diving industry in recent years has been the renewable energy sector. Leask Marine has been supplying diving teams and boats for renewable projects for the last 10 years.
Director Douglas Leask started the business in 1985 after qualifying as a commercial diver. “Commercial diving is a growing industry and one that has seen an increase in competition in recent years” he explains, “In order to keep ahead, it’s essential that we are able to meet the increased demand and also to respond to our customers’ requirements.”
The company’s latest acquisition, the C-Salver, is a 24m vessel that adds another dimension to their seven-vessel fleet. It is the second vessel that RBS has funded and this time Leask Marine were able to benefit from funding provided by RBS, as part of its participation in the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme which enabled the company to save on initial costs.
Margaret Keenan, Senior Relationship Manager at RBS who helped Leask Marine to access the funding fully expects the company to continue to grow its reputation and scope, saying, “Leask Marine is operating in a dynamic industry,with many new opportunities presented by the growth in renewable energy.”