EnerMech appoints new head of cranes and lifting to lead growth in Africa

Source: press release, 21 June 2021

Steve Swanson – EnerMech’s head of cranes and lifting Africa
Steve Swanson – EnerMech’s head of cranes and lifting Africa (photo: EnerMech)

Steve Swanson has been appointed as head of cranes and lifting for EnerMech in Africa to support the business’ continued growth following a significant number of project wins in the last 5 months.

Swanson brings more than 40 years’ experience in crane maintenance and operations and has held several senior roles including executive director – Africa and regional operations director within the sector. With an expansive local network, he has worked closely with government bodies and has a strong track record of executing multi-million-pound contracts with a key focus on service delivery and high HSEQ standards.

Mr Swanson will play a key role in the business’ new training and competency solution service located in Luanda. The company recently launched its new enhanced premises at the centre of Angola’s largest port which comprises classrooms, an on-site simulator and a practical facility for banksman slinger and rigger courses. The team also has the capabilities to deliver remote training to clients’ operations globally.

Ross McHardy, regional director of Europe and Africa for EnerMech says, “As we accelerate our growth across Africa, the business is perfectly placed to leverage Steve’s knowledge and experience to drive our cranes and lifting services in the country. We are in a very fortunate position to attract someone of his calibre with such great connections and a deep understanding of the market and its demands.”

“Africa has been a key focus for EnerMech for many years and our recent raft of new contract wins highlights the clear demand for our reliable services and our ongoing success in the region. Our new training facility coupled with our experienced, in-country personnel means we are ideally positioned to continue delivering our global standard of safer and smarter operations to meet the needs of the country’s growing energy sector,” McHardy continues.

EnerMech has been active in Africa for more than 10 years, delivering complex installation, operation, maintenance, engineering, and inspection services across onshore and offshore assets. The company’s experienced personnel in the region also deliver vital offshore deck services including crane maintenance, crane operations, supply vessel operations and rigging loft control.