Malin Abram are specialists in heavy lift.

Through feasibility studies, we work with clients pre tender to identify optimum solutions for handling, movement, lifting, shipping and installation. This significantly de-risks the tender phase by solving many operational issues at the earliest stage.

We offer full turnkey pricing on  heavy lift projects, with the scope tailored fully to meet your needs. We can complete all operations on your behalf, from hiring all equipment (both open book and fixed price) as well as assessing the integrity of the equipment for handling. You may require third party review of shipping, craneage and heavy trailer operations and engineering, and we are on hand to help with this. In addition we can offer expertise in design, build and installation. This is teamed with full integrated project management of all services provided by all contractors involved in the heavy lift operation.

No matter the size or scope of your project, we are on hand to offer guidance and support. 

Our mission is to "build innovately on the values and experience of our heritage, to be an expert partner to our clients on a global scale."

Our Focus

Malin Abram offers a variety of services across 4 key areas:

  • Bespoke Mechanical Handling Equipment
  • Lifting, Shipping and Haulage Services
  • Turnkey Transportation Services
  • Verification and Warranty Support Services


Our Team

Our team consists of a group of experienced, yet diversely skilled individuals, spanning different technical, non-technical, sectoral and professional backgrounds. Skills displayed include CAD and 3D modelling, engineering, marketing and a firm grasp of the importance of market research.

Gary Paterson (CMYK)

Gary Paterson

Senior Project Engineer

Gary is Senior Project Engineer, joining Malin Abram in 2014 after completing an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Gary has broad experience on the logistics side of Oil & Gas projects, most notably working as an in-house Heavy Lift Specialist on the TCO project.

Ryan Homer (CMYK)

Ryan Homer

Project Manager

Ryan is a Project Manager at Malin Abram, with extensive experience across a wide variety of projects from short shipping to major turnkey projects.. He graduated with a degree in Engineering & Enterprise Management from the University of Strathclyde, following this up with a degree in Marine Studies from the University of Plymouth and gaining his OOW Unlimited CoC. Ryan joined as a Trainee Marine Superintendent. 

James Ian Bowie (CMYK)

James Ian Bowie

Naval Architect and Team Leader

James began his career as a summer intern with Malin Abram before gaining a degree in Naval Architecture and joining full time as a graduate. Having worked through the graduate programme he now holds a Naval Architect and Team Lead position. James has experience in a variety of projects from marine heavy lift transportation to design and manufacture of bespoke jigs and has been involved in major site operations worldwide.

Chris Cairns

Chris Cairns

Bid and Tendering Manager

Chris is Bid and Tendering Manager, acting as the focal point of contact for receipt of ITT documentation, distributing material to relevant departments, leading internal review meetings and performing risk and tender analysis, ensuring bid compliance and tender deadlines are met. He is also responsible for the review of commercial and contractual terms and conditions at tender stage. Chris graduated in 2011 with a degree in Quantity Surveying, and spent 5 years in a similar role with a worldwide oil and gas subsea contractor in Aberdeen, where he managed numerous high-profile tenders for major oil and gas projects.

Lindsay MacDougall

Lindsay MacDougall

Technical Director

Lindsay is a chartered engineer, with extensive experience in the transport of heavy cargoes and the engineering processes that lie behind it. He joined the Malin Group in 2002, having graduated from Glasgow University with a BEng in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. Lindsay brings an array of technical skills, particularly in the area of computational analysis including Finite Element, mooring analysis and hydrodynamic analysis. This is combined with extensive practical experience loading ships and barges across Europe.

John MacSween

John A MacSween

Managing Director

John is the Managing Director of the Malin Group. Having graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Glasgow University, John joined the Malin Group as a Graduate Marine Superintendent. From here he has spear-headed development and diversification strategies, resulting in the growth of the Malin Group, home to several successful sub-brands which focus on marine manufacturing, support, and technology sectors all over the world.