Specialist Services Announces New Monday to Friday 4.5-day Workweek in UAE Facilities

In line with the UAE governments’ strategy to help achieve business continuity and alignment with global economies, Specialist Services will be altering our working times in our UAE facilities, effective from 1st January, 2022.

Initiated by the UAE Government earlier this month, the transition to the new working week is “in line with the UAE’s vision to enhance its global competitiveness across economic and business sectors, and to keep pace with global developments,” said the Abu Dhabi government media office. Furthermore, the extended weekend, from Friday afternoon until Sunday, is part of the UAE Government’s efforts aimed to enhancing social wellbeing in the country.

The key change is Specialist Services’ office new 4.5-day working week, with Saturday and Sunday as the new weekend (instead of the previous Friday and Saturday weekend), which will make the working week aligned with Western schedules.

This change in working days will also improve the communications and cooperation with the teams in our regional offices in Europe and Asia, with Centurion and our sister companies based in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, as well as with our clients, vendors, business partners and other stakeholders based in various regions.

Following the New Year’s office holidays from December 31, 2021, to January 2, 2022, from Monday, January 3, 2022, the Specialist Services Headquarters office in Dubai will operate:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:00-16:30
  • Friday: 7:00-12:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

From Sunday, January 2, 2022, the Specialist Services yards in the UAE will operate:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 7:00-16:30
  • Friday: 7:00-12:30
  • Saturday: Closed

The new Monday to Friday working week will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

Labtech Business Growth Sparks Move to RentAir Base

Labtech, a Centurion company that specialises in the provision of offshore modular enclosures for people and equipment, has moved its facilities to join RentAir’s base in Dyce, Aberdeen to successfully support its ever-growing operations.

The move was carried out on 22nd November, 2021 and saw all employees from Labtech – both office and yard staff – move to the RentAir facility, which also houses Centurion’s headquarters. The brands will be working alongside each other in the day-to-day running of the businesses, and will share the expansive workshop and yard facilities for preparing equipment and loading out to global customers.

By operating out of the same base, Labtech will be able to work more closely with RentAir and other Centurion brands, better serving customers by being able to offer a wider range of technical packaged services from across both businesses. Sharing facilities will also reduce costs and limit the carbon footprint and overall environmental impact between the two businesses.

Centurion Joins With The Specialist Services Team in Congratulating Longest Serving Employees

Centurion is delighted to congratulate and shine the spotlight on Specialist Services97 longest-serving employees!

To celebrate the years of hard work and commitment these employees have dedicated to the business, a Long Service Awards event was hosted at the Specialist Services Dubai location, hosted by Specialist Services CEO Ian Rogers. The awards were presented by Group CEO Fernando Assing as part of his first ever visit to Specialist Services Dubai location, and a celebratory lunch and dinner were held afterwards.




















Everyone, please help us congratulate all the award recipients for their efforts over the years and exemplifying what it means to be part of Centurion: We Do What We Say, We Work Together, We Do The Right Thing, and We Go The Extra Mile:


Centurion Announces Transformational Acquisition in Middle East

  • Centurion acquires Specialist Services providing a strong growth platform in the Middle East
  • Specialist Services is Centurion’s largest acquisition to date and ninth since 2018
  • Acquisition significantly enhances diversity of offering to customers
  • Increases scale and resilience, expanding Centurion’s revenue base by c.20%
  • Accelerates strategy to deliver essential rentals and services to critical industries globally


Centurion Group (“Centurion”), a global leader in the supply of essential rentals and services to critical industries, today announces the acquisition of Specialist Services Group (“Specialist Services”), an innovative provider of modular buildings, production equipment and other technical services. Specialist Services is Centurion’s largest acquisition to date with 2020 reported revenues of over $60 million.

Increasing Centurion’s global footprint with a significant new bases in the Middle East

Specialist Services is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has operations across the Middle East, Asia and South-East Asia and Europe. The acquisition significantly enhances Centurion’s ability to support its customers on a global basis and increases Centurion’s geographic diversity with expansion into an important, high growth region for customers in key end markets such as infrastructure, support services, power, traditional and new energies and environmental services.

Bringing Centurion’s differentiated technical services to new customers

Specialist Services is internationally recognised for its technical modular buildings offering. The company uses specialist in-house engineering and manufacturing to create modular building configurations for specific customer requirements. Applicable to a broad range of harsh environments, such as onshore petrochemical or offshore renewables, Specialist Services’ flexible building solutions are highly adaptable and delivered to customers on a permanent or rental basis. The business is a strong strategic fit with Centurion’s existing Accommodation and Modular Solutions (AMS) operations, and will enable a larger and more technically differentiated product range to be made available to an expanded global customer base.

Specialist Services also offers design, engineering, and manufacturing of production and process packages for the energy industry, in addition to a broad range of facilities management services. These technical services complement the core buildings offering and are a strategic fit with Centurion’s existing Infrastructure and DCP businesses.

Aligned with Centurion’s strategic focus on sustainable growth and differentiation

Specialist Services brings scale and an enhanced sustainability proposition with its focus on innovative, efficient products. The acquisition further extends Centurion’s opportunities to work alongside customers to develop solutions to their environmental and sustainability challenges, in addition to supporting Centurion’s own Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.

The acquisition of Specialist Services is consistent with Centurion’s focus on bringing value enhancing acquisitions into the Group to accelerate its growth strategy.

Fernando Assing, Chief Executive Officer of Centurion, said:

“Specialist Services is a very high-quality business aligned to our strategy of sustainably delivering essential rentals and services to critical industries globally. The business brings a strong management team and provides us with a strategic base in the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia, which alongside our established positions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, means that we are able to provide a broader range of essential products and services to international customers wherever they need them. With Specialist Services we are significantly expanding our business, and creating a more resilient, scalable platform as we seek to be a partner of choice available for global customers across critical industries in the fulfilment of their sustainable growth plans. As we continue to grow the business, I am increasingly optimistic about the future. We have a strong pipeline of opportunities and we look forward to building momentum.”

About Centurion Group

Centurion is a global leader in the supply of critical services to the oil & gas, infrastructure, power, environmental and renewable energy industries. It combines the scale and the breadth of offerings via its four global geomarkets: US Land (USL); Canada Rentals & Services (CR&S), Canada Infrastructure (CINF) and Rest of World (RoW), with strong local presence in key energy markets like US, Canada, UK & Europe, Caspian, Middle East, Asia and Australia, to deliver value to customers around the world.



For more information, please visit www.centuriongroup.co.uk.

LABTECH is taking part in the UK Government Kickstart Scheme

We are delighted to announce that LABTECH is taking part in the UK Government Kickstart Scheme, an initiative designed to give young people in the UK valuable work experience and life skills to assist them in their future endeavours.

After interviewing several young and enthusiastic candidates we have offered and subsequently started two new employees, Micha Swinton, who takes up the role as Trainee Office Administrator, and Kieran Gunn, who joins us as Trainee Yard Assistant.

Andy Watson, Business Development Manager at LABTECH said: “it’s an extremely exciting opportunity for Micha and Kieran to join the Specialist Services Group family, at a time that we have just expanded at LABTECH with the recent acquisition of HB Rentals assets, and we look forward to growth across the company. I know that the senior management team is extremely proud to be taking part in this scheme, assisting the next generation in gaining valuable experience.”

Labtech operates from new larger premises in Dyce with an increased Modular Hire fleet

Following an increasing demand for our modular buildings rental and support services, as well as Specialist Services Group’s acquisition of HB Rentals assets outside the US, Labtech Services Limited have relocated their facilities to larger premises in Aberdeen to accommodate an increased Modular Hire fleet.

“This change marks another important milestone at Labtech and Specialist Services Group. Despite this year’s challenging market conditions related to the Coronavirus crisis, we have witnessed an increased demand for modular building rentals, service, maintenance and refurbishment works. During the past four years, Labtech has been focused on providing modular offshore accommodation and office units for rental and service works, and in response to increased rental fleet and demands in Europe have now relocated to a larger facility in Aberdeen,” said Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer at Specialist Services Group.

The new facility is located in Unit 10 Wellheads Terrace, Wellheads Industrial Estate, Dyce, and includes office space for the Labtech team, a modern workshop for refurbishment, recertification and modification works, and an extensive hard standing yard for our Modular Hire fleet storage.

“We already have the highest specification and newest Office Module fleet available anywhere in Europe and have previously expanded our fleet in Aberdeen, including our fully ABS compliant FLEX 33 Accommodation Modules in 2018. Our Modular Hire fleet now includes the recently acquired HB Rentals high quality assets, including a sizable quantity of 8 man offshore ABS certified accommodation modules. These units significantly increase our capacity to offer larger temporary living quarter solutions in Europe, Middle East and Asia,” said Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Specialist Services Group.

The facility relocation will bring further benefits to Labtech and Specialist Services Group by providing a wider range of sought after Modular Hire units at competitive rates for immediate delivery, in addition to our responsive call out service and maintenance works, and refurbishment works.

Visit our Contact page for Labtech new location and contact details.

Latest Specialist Services article feature in OGN – Oil & Gas News

Innovation helps Specialist Services lead through challenging times

With a proactive approach, throughout these challenging times, Specialist Services has been continuously working on innovative solutions that maximise efficiency for our clients, while optimising costs, as clients are hugely price conscious in these uncertain times.

Ian Rogers, CEO, and Chris Ridley, Group Sales and Marketing Director, speak to OGN about the changes in demand in the Oil & Gas industry and the company’s proactive and innovative approach in addressing these changes to better serve our clients. They also discuss about the Specialist Services’ forward-thinking approach in addressing the increasing demands for specific products in other industries, such security and defence, renewables, vessels and others.

Within this ADNOC Review issue of OGN, Chris Ridley also talks about Specialist Services’ long-term call-off contract with ADNOC Offshore for all accommodation upgrades and refurbishment works for a period of five years.

While continuing our development and expansion in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, we have recently completed also the acquisition of rental assets from HB Rentals outside the Americas, which include offshore accommodation modules and Zone rated office modules. Leading through challenging times, we have no plans to slow down, as further growth and expansion strategies are already underway.

Find out more in the feature article available online.

Supporting Both Black and Green Energy

For decades, at LABTECH, we have delivered our certified offshore Accommodation and Workspace modules to support oil and gas installations globally, from the world’s coldest to hottest regions, and in different tough and challenging environments.

Offshore wind is a relatively new sector in the offshore family, but this does not make it any less important to ensure that all offshore personnel are able to work offshore in comfortable and safe conditions. And we have just the right solutions.

The similarities between the offshore oil and offshore wind sectors, result in sharing the same stringent requirements. With our wide range of offshore-tested and proven, certified modules, we are here to assist you in the safe and comfortable placement of your personnel and equipment offshore.

Accommodation Solutions

While working on offshore renewables sites, your people face harsh environmental conditions. Understanding these challenges, we provide safe, comfortable and reliable accommodation solutions with our flexible, linkable and upgradable Accommodation Modules, complemented by our Utility Modules.

All our modular buildings are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance services, and are certified for offshore operations. Our Accommodation Modules offer flexible bed space from 1 to 12 man, with standard sizes of ISO 20ft and 33ft. However, other sizes are also available depending upon your requirements.

Designed to provide a flexible lay down solution, our Accommodation and Utility Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex. With easy ‘plug & play’ hook-up, the units can be stacked up to 4 modules high, and also complemented by the Specialist Services’ modular walkway and stairwell solution.

Workspace Solutions

With our range of A60 offshore Office Modules, from 10ft to 33ft, and NORSOK units, as well as our Workshop Modules range, from 10ft to 20ft, we can fully support your offshore renewables site operations.

Assuring flexibility, our Office and Workshop Modules can be outfitted and modified in line with your functional needs and requirements, while optimising workspace efficiency. Engineered and manufactured by Specialist Services meeting the highest industry standards, these units are designed to support your operations and safely house your equipment and resources.

Full Turnkey Solutions for Your Renewables Sites

Whether you require a permanent or temporary solution, for our modular TLQ projects we also provide supply and installation at your offshore renewables site as a turnkey solution. Our teams have decades of experience and technical know-how in performing installation services in coordination with your personnel and other contractors on site.

We know what we are doing. With one of the world’s largest A60 Modular Hire fleets and over 38 years of experience in the industry, LABTECH with Specialist Services are ideally placed to support you and advise you on a number of solutions to suit your permanent or temporary offshore accommodation requirements.

Contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your requirements.

Are you looking for an accommodation solution for your vessel?

People working offshore live in restricted spaces and away from their families for weeks or months at a time. During this time, they are exposed to complex living and working condition in a harsh working environment. However, thanks to today’s technologies, safety measures and other solutions, you can create safe and comfortable living and working environments for your employees. At LABTECH, we are here to help you with various flexible accommodation solutions suitable for vessels, accommodation barges and floatels.

The Importance of a Safe and Comfortable Living Environment Offshore

Safety offshore should never be compromised. So, when choosing accommodation solutions for your vessels, you need to be sure your supplier is able to provide you with the best solution to keep your personnel safe. At LABTECH, we take safety very seriously. In fact, all our accommodation and other modules are built to the latest marine requirements, using IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) as the primary guideline, as well as ABS and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) or individual Flag statutes, among others, depending on project-specific requirements. Furthermore, all our offshore modules are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to every mobilization, which is especially important during this COVID-19 period.

At the same time, you also need to consider comfort. Our FLEX accommodation solutions incorporate higher levels of comfort whole meeting the stringent safety requirements offshore. Our FLEX series features the latest digital, communication and entertainment technology as a standard. Each bed includes an individual LCD TV with CAT 6, HDMI, USB and audio connectivity. USB ports are also available for mobile phone charging, as well as network sockets with Wi-Fi option for each room.

Limited footprint on your deck? Our experienced engineering team will be able to assist you in the placement of the modules on your deck based on the footprint available, including solutions for stacking modules, if required, with supporting structures (walkways, stairways) for easy accessibility.

Custom-built solutions required? Despite our wide range of modules available from stock in our Modular Hire fleet, as well as our full capabilities for modifications, you might still require a custom-built option. In this cases, we have in-house manufacturing capabilities to provide you with a fully customised solution, where everything is done in our facilities – from design, engineering, project management, fabrication and commissioning. Our turnkey in-house capabilities ensure that we are always in full control of the products, which we are custom-building for our clients.

Flexible Accommodation Solutions for Hire

We consider the harshest environmental conditions your people are exposed to when living and working offshore. Therefore, apart from being safe and reliable, all our units are flexible, linkable, upgradable and comfortable, and can therefore suit your exact project requirements.

With easy ‘plug & play’ hook-up, our Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex. All hook-up services are conveniently located at the recessed end of the module to make it efficient for installation and hook-up offshore. Units can be stacked up to 4 modules high, complemented by the modular walkway and stairwell solution developed by Specialist Services.

1 to 12 Man Accommodation Modules

All of our certified offshore Accommodation Modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service in the most demanding locations, whilst meeting the necessary safety requirements for offshore use. All our Accommodation Modules are A60, ABS, DNV 2.7-1 and CSC Certified Safe Area and come as standard size of ISO 20ft and 33ft. However, we pride ourselves in our flexibility to provide other size solutions where required.

Designed to offer a flexible lay down solution with minimal footprint, our FLEX 33 Accommodation Modules can be hired as single units or as a complete complex with the central corridor easily linking the units. These units offer you a flexible bed space from 1 to 12 man, as w unit consists of a central corridor and two staterooms, accommodating 1 to 6 persons. Each stateroom provides distinctive floorplan flexibility including bunks, lockers and desk removal or addition to meet your project specific requirements for maximised space efficiency.

Adding Utility Modules

To complement our Accommodation Units, you can also add certified offshore temporary Utility Modules. These come as standard size of ISO 20ft, but with our flexibility, we can provide also other size solutions where required. In addition, internal fit outs can be designed to meet your project specific requirements. Our A60 offshore Utility Modules range includes: Kitchen and Dining Modules, Freezer and Chiller Modules, Laundry and Ablution Modules, as well as Recreation and Fitness Modules.

Use Our Office Modules for Your Working Requirements

To fully support your offshore operations, we also provide a range of A60 offshore Office Modules, from 10ft to 33ft, as well as NORSOK units. Each unit can be outfitted and modified to perform different functions that suit your specific needs and requirements. Engineered and manufactured in house to the highest industry standards, all our Office Modules are designed to optimise workspace efficiency, meet environment and acoustic requirements, and house your equipment and resources in a safe and comfortable environment.

Modular Walkway and Stairs System

For your Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ), you also need a safe and easy access to the various units. All of our Accommodation, Utility and Office Modules can be stacked together and linked through our walkway systems. With limited space available on your vessel, accommodation barge or floatel, and to ease transportation, we have developed a modular walkway and stairs system that can be transported in a 20ft container. Each piece can fit together to form different layouts, as per your requirements.

Full Turnkey Solution for Your Vessel Accommodation Requirements

For modular TLQ projects on vessels, we also provide supply and installation at your vessel, accommodation barge or floatel as a turnkey solution. Our teams have decades of experience and technical know-how in performing installation services in coordination with your personnel and other contractors on site. All of our certified offshore

accommodation modules and facility support modules are designed to provide longevity and low maintenance service.

Contact us for more information. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you with your upcoming requirements.

Specialist Services acquires rental assets of HB Rentals outside the Americas

Further to the continuous development and expansion of Specialist Services Group in Europe, Middle East and Asia, this month we have completed the acquisition of rental assets of HB Rentals outside the Americas for an undisclosed sum.

HB Rentals have serviced their clients with this fleet of offshore accommodation modules and Zone rated office modules from their two locations in Aberdeen in the UK and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. “That geographic footprint, as well as their high quality assets, are very similar to our own rental fleet, but we believe in the value add of acquiring a sizable quantity of 8 man offshore ABS certified accommodation modules. These units significantly increase our capacity to offer larger temporary living quarter solutions in Europe, Middle East and Asia,” said Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer at Specialist Services Group.

Along with the rental assets comes a series of new and existing customers, who have been renting these modular buildings from HB Rentals. These assets, contracts and customers are now all part of the Specialist Services Group business since Monday, 12th October 2020.

Specialist Services founding Director, Philip Bond, concluded: “I am pleased that we have bought these assets from HB Rentals. This will strengthen our rental business and having done it in the current market conditions says a lot about Specialist Services Group and our team.”