Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd Marine Lifting and Inspection

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Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd are a marine, lifting and inspection company based in the Highlands but able to operate Europewide.  We have experience in working in the following sectors: Oil and Gas, Renewables, Shipping, Nuclear and Civils.  We have an office in Wick where we also have a 500m² warehouse and 2000m² laydown area.

Working throughout the UK and Europe, we offer Marine Consultancy, Cargo and Vessel Survey, Client Representation, Lifting Services and LOLER and PUWER Statutory Inspections of equipment.

We supply a full range of lifting equipment such as slings, shackles, chains, hooks and lashing assemblies.  We also sell or rent marine and project equipment, gangways, fenders, mooring rope, generators and pressure washers as well as PPE consumables.

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John Small

John is a Director of Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd., and is a marine consultant with significant experience in oil and gas, renewables, marine and nuclear industries, with a focus on operational logistics and the movement of abnormal loads by road and sea.

John is an experienced cargo surveyor and has supervised many heavy lift operations, cargo loading, SPMT and trailer operations of all types of cargo including dangerous goods.  He is a CPCS qualified Appointed Person, crane supervisor and slinger/signaller for lifting operations with a diploma in lifting equipment inspection from LEEA with a distinction pass.

Alasdair Noble

Alasdair is the Operations Manager for NMS, with 25 years’ experience in the marine and oil and gas industry specialising in complex marine and lifting/transport operations.

Since starting at NMS Alasdair’s experience in oil & gas and renewables has allowed the business to grow into the utilities and nuclear industry, and for NMS to be able to provide a range of services to its customer base covering mini cranes, Hiab services, rigging and lifting inspection and haulage.

Sharon Rosie

Sharon is the administration manager for NMS and has over 30 years office/administration experience in local authority, electronic and nuclear sectors.

Sharon has achieved many secretarial/administration certificates, including SCOTBEC, RSA, O Grades. She has also carried out various safety-related training courses and has successfully completed IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely training.

Gemma Forbes

Gemma is the Business Developer / Administrative Assistant for NMS and has over 6 years experiance within Health Care and Administrative Practice, as well as developing and co-managing a small family run start up business into an established growing local business.

Gemma has gained a HNC in Health Care & Administrative Practice as well as a Diploma in Dental Nursing which she confidently applies within NMS to provide a high standard of customer care at all times. Gemma is also currently working towards gaining her CSCS certificate to ensure that she has the approproiate training and qualifications for on site work.


Donald Miller

Donald is one of our Lifting and Plant Inspection Engineers for NMS. Donald has many years experience as a Qualified Turbine Mechanic as well as working within the manufacturing, engineering, nuclear and renewables sectors.

Donald is GWO qualified and is currently undertaking various LEEA (Lifting Equiptment Engineers Association) training to become a fully qualified lifting inspector.


"I’ve worked with NMS for a fair few years now, and I cannot speak highly enough of the team. They are friendly, helpful and professional at all times, with no job being too big or too small. I get a lot of weird and wonderful requests in the shipping world, and NMS’s experience and extensive background in the industry has helped me on countless occasions."

James McKenzie - Ships Agency Team Leader from GAC Services (UK) Ltd (21/01/2021)

"In a business where we are literally asked for anything and everything you can think of no matter how obscure, We make Alasdair and the team at NMS one of first port of calls. This is down to their tenacity to get what we require when we require. “Team NMS” aren’t just a trusted supplier, they’re an extra member of our team and more importantly looked upon as friends. "

Barry Mitchell - Managing Director at 3Point Procurement Limited (27/01/2021)

"NMS’ highly professional and thorough monitoring of operations, expert advice on lifting practices and timely reporting were an invaluable addition to MOWEL’s efforts as responsible client to ensure that the principal contractor and its subcontractor’s activities were conducted safely and in full compliance with UK health and safety legislation and good industry practice. I recommend NMS for any such surveillance of heavy lifting and marine activities and thank the team for their continued contribution towards the safe construction on the Moray East windfarm."

Martin Shaw - T&I Manager at Moray East (24/03/2021)

"A very professional and competent business that's prepared to flex with the changes to programme and requirement. With a wide range of Plant and experience they are extremely adaptable to support high Risk Projects. I Highly recommend Northern Marine Services."

Lee Clinton - Senior Operations Manager at Telent (26/04/2021)

"Build and deployment of the BlueX prototype Wave Energy Converter was Mocean Energy’s first major project, so having Northern Marine Services on board to advise on lifting and marine operations provided great comfort to the team. NMS led lift plan reviews, provided significant input to Procedures and HIRAs and attended lift days as “client rep”. NMS’s input over the lifecycle of the project has also helped Mocean build its knowledge base, which will be valuable on future projects. We look forward to working with NMS again."

Jon Clarke - Project Manager at Mocean. (20/05/2021)

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Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd
31 Telford St

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01955 605440

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