In 2009, Container Company Aberdeen (CCA) celebrated its 21st year as a leading specialist in the design, manufacture, supply and refurbishment of containers, cargo frames, cargo-carrying basket containers, workshops, stores and freezers.
Part of the Lomond House group of companies along with The Test House (UK), Integrated Engineering Services, Integrated Catering Equipment and The Energy Resource Partnership, CCA’s Aberdeen location puts the company in an ideal position to support the oil and gas sector.
CCA is committed to meeting the demands of the thriving offshore industry. The company’s managing director, Andy Drummond, comments: "Any time an oil company or service company needs to ship an item offshore we have the solution, whether that be from our mainstream units or as a bespoke solution that takes full advantage of our in-house capabilities."
CCA offers a 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year service to ensure its customers’ needs are met. As an ISO 9001:2000-accredited company, CCA ensures quality services; a guarantee that is supported by our commitment to a continual programme of refurbishment and upgrading of our fleet.
Final inspections are undertaken by CCA’s in-house test engineers to ensure that all offshore containers, baskets and CCUs leaving the premises meet and exceed the required standards. All new units are designed and manufactured to BS EN 12079 / DNV2.7-1 specifications. Our fleet of units include the following:
CCA’s long-standing commitment to quality has resulted in the company earning a broad customer base and a high degree of repeat business. Just recently the company was re-awarded a valued contract.
Andy Drummond, CCA’s managing director, says: "Recent contracts previously held for a number of years have been retained and extended for a further five years with two year potential extensions. This is a good example of the service we provide: we operate a considerable amount of units for them but we also handle the inspection and maintenance aspect of equipment that passes through their base. We have a team of people on site assisting them in their operation."
CCA highly values its workforce of just over 20 highly skilled employees - some of whom have been with the company for ten years - and takes pride in creating a good working environment as the key to a motivated and enthusiastic team.
Expansion and improvement plans currently underway at Lomond House, the Lomond Group headquarters, support the development of a motivated team and help to reinforce Andy Drummond’s emphasis on the partnership approach to business. "We want to keep the customer and the team happy," he says. "I set this business up on the basis that I wanted to enjoy life at work and as a company we want people working with us and not for us. That helps us to build relationships with the client too; we rely on personal contact to build and retain business.
"We are not a big faceless corporation, everyone right up to the directors is available to discuss issues and we all welcome candid feedback – if you don’t listen you don’t learn and I’ll happily own up to learning from mistakes. You have to be willing to do that in any business.
"We know that this is a changing market, we know we have to move with the times and come up with ideas and working practices that suit the client and hopefully because we are motivated and prepared to do that it gives us the opportunity to retain our clients. We listen, present ideas and move forward as a team – and that team includes the client."
CCA’s growth to date has been based on building such relationships – something that is not about to change. This approach is clearly effective and CCA’s solid reputation in the industry, along with the expansion at Lomond House completed in 2008 costing almost £1 million, setting sure foundations for future growth.
"We do have a vision for the future that involves further expansion and more steady growth, and we are in a better position to achieve this than we have ever been. To that end, we now plan to invest upwards of £5m in new fleet and this investment will set CCA as a leader in the offshore container industry," Mr Drummond concludes.