Established in 1933, The Craig Group has spanned four generations. Founded by George Craig Snr, a trawler skipper, the company operated three deep sea trawlers based in Aberdeen.
The second generation saw the company develop, piloted by one of Aberdeen's leading skippers, David Craig, who together with his brother George directed onshore and seagoing operations. For more than half a century, they pioneered fishing in the North Sea, Faroes, Iceland and the North East Arctic. The fleet grew steadily reaching a peak of 23 vessels in 1975.
With the reduction of fishing and the discovery of oil and gas in the North Sea in the seventies, the Craig Group was ideally placed to offer emergency response and rescue support to the production companies with vessels which could sustain all kinds of weather with low freeboard to facilitate rescues and a wealth of sea-going experience.
From 1975 the group capitalised on the emerging oil and gas industry and the downturn in fishing by gradually converting their fleet of fishing vessels to emergency response and rescue vessels.
The third generation saw David's son, Douglas, join the Group in 1976 to develop and co-ordinate the financial, shipping and service divisions, before becoming Managing Director in 1988.
The service divisions continued to grow over the next decades either organically or through acquisition.
North Star Shipping (Aberdeen) Ltd grew during the 1980s and 1990s providing emergency rescue and response services to the North Sea. This division currently manages Craig Group's "Grampian" vessels, consisting of Platform Supply and Emergency response and rescue vessels.
From the 1980's Craig Group invested and diversified it’s business to include the service divisions of Craig Group Foodservices, Grampian Sea Fishing, International Mooring Systems, Seatronics and ChainCo. These divisions were built up to become market leaders in the areas in which they operated and were sold to make way for further growth in shipping and global energy services.
Craig International Ltd was formed in 1998 after a merger between Craig Marine and two other well-established supply companies. The oilfield procurement business now provides services for the major oil and gas companies throughout the world.
Recognising the need for diversification, the Group began pursuing other interests and established Craig Group Leisure Ltd in 1996 with the acquisition of Kings Links Golf Driving Range, which is now the largest independent retail outlet in Scotland.
With the current Directors and fourth generation of the Craig family represented by Douglas’s children Samantha, Steven and Andrew, the Craig Group is poised for further growth.
With the recent completion of our £350 million investment programme, renewing two thirds of our fleet we will continue to own and operate one of the safest and most modern fleets in the North Sea, helping us secure new business, attract the best mariners, improve safety and reduce our impact on the environement. We also hope to achieve a sixteenth consecutive British Safety Council Award and continue our commiment to training the next generation of seafarers through our cadet training programme.
Investing in the future of the community, Craig Group will continue to support a range of projects in the arts, education and sports along with local charities. Longevity and success have been achieved by constant evolution. A strong financial base and rich heritage are the foundations for a strategy of on-going expansion and investment in people and services.
The Group is rightly proud of its reputation for safety, service and quality and is committed to constantly developing its greatest asset - its people.