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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Howard Doris

From Graces Guide

Howard Doris Engineering Ltd, a joint venture between John Howard Ltd and Doris Engineering of Paris

Established an offshore design engineering (ODE) facility at Loch Kishorn, Scotland to build concrete gravity-base structures for oil and gas production in the North Sea.

1978 The Ninian Central Platform was designed and built by Howard Doris Limited; it was towed out and placed on location for Chevron Petroleum (UK) Ltd in May[1].

At the time, DORIS Engineering had an exceptional diving division which, alongside ODE, helped Alex McKee salvage The Mary Rose, King Henry VIII's favourite ship.

1984 A consortium of Trafalgar House and Howard Doris took over the Scott-Lithgow yard for £12M on 28th March, which constructed oil-rigs.

Later DORIS Engineering became the 100% owner of ODE.

1980s Bibby Line, a shipping company with aspirations to move into the oil and gas industry, bought a 50% interest in ODE from DORIS.

ODE's ownership remained stable for several years until Bibby sold its 50% ownership to Bouygues Offshore, which itself was eventually taken over by Saipem.

ODE is now supported by two equal shareholders, DORIS Engineering and Saipem but remains a fully independent and autonomous engineering contractor.

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Sources of Information

  1. Construction of Ninian Central [1]
  • ODE website [2]