CAN Trades Business Stream
CAN Group's trades business stream is a market leading maintenance, rope and specialist access service provider delivering a comprehensive range of services from traditional black trades through to integrity driven fabric maintenance and engineered solutions.



With a wealth of experience, CAN has successfully delivered trades and rope access services on and offshore to many industry sectors since 1986 and we continue to develop our services to deliver cost-effective, efficient and innovative solutions. We undertake a wide range of engineering projects and remedial work with a focus on difficult to access locations, ensuring minimal disruption to operations. Our multi-skilled personnel are experienced, trade competent and IRATA certified, ensuring safe and efficient service delivery every time.

CAN is committed to delivering the highest quality of services to ensure safety, integrity and certainty across all our activities and those of our clients.

CAN's clients also benefit from the services provided by the wider group which facilitates the delivery of bespoke solutions to any project with access to a variety of services through one contractor.



CAN Integrity Driven Maintenance



As a rope and specialist access contractor catering for all of the engineering disciplines that conventional maintenance contractors provide, CAN fills the gap between deck based and working at height to limit the need for conventional access solutions such as scaffolding.

CAN's ability to engineer solutions and efficiently complete activities in these more challenging areas places CAN in a unique position to add efficiency and cost saving value to our clients operations; collaborating to enhance asset reliability and ensure assets achieve maximum useful life.


CAN Fabric Maintenance



Following our integrity processes, CAN's FM capabilities range from conventional surface preparation through to the application and inspection of specialist coatings. Delivering a technical fabric maintenance service, we tailor our service to reflect the exact needs of our clients who benefit from our technical resources and experience in this area to provide a high quality, integrity driven service.

Specialising in difficult to access structures, rope access features heavily in the delivery of our focused fabric maintenance services and we pride ourselves on safely and efficiently servicing these challenging areas.

If we find a problem, be that mechanical or corrosion damage which requires a simple solution to remediate, we will arrest the imminent risk immediately and propose a long-term fix to our client. To provide enhanced service flexibility, our FM services can be embedded within term contracts or provided on an ad-hoc basis for discrete scopes.


Find and Arrest or Fix

CAN offer two cost effective, solution focuses approaches in this regard:

Find and Arrest

Preventing further deterioration and ensuring continued plant safety by addressing corrosion threats upon encounter through the application of a temporary coating when a permanent solution is not immediately available.

Find and Fix

Conducting planned, minor repairs to provide a permanent solution where corrosion is detrimental to a component's integrity. We will remove it live or isolated, assess the area and replace the coating.

Depending on the remaining wall thickness and planned life span, the most appropriate arrest or fix process is applied to client specification.


Fabric Maintenance QA/QC


CAN also offer third party Bgas CSWIP, NACE and/or ICorr certified painting, insulation and fireproofing inspection services. We ensure conventional FM scopes completed by other contractors are to specification and remain intact and effective for the recommended life span.

Quality control is essential to ensure coating systems last the anticipated life span. Without it, time and money are wasted on long lasting coating systems which have been applied incorrectly. We reassure our clients that the work has been completed properly and to specification. Utilising rope access where required, we access the exact FM location to provide a comprehensive quality check.

CAN Engineered Solutions



We provide a streamlined, focused process for the delivery of engineered solutions when an anomaly is identified however cannot be closed out with components readily available and the resultant MCDR or Repair Order requires newly fabricated parts, new components or a complete refit. CAN's expertise provides our clients with peace of mind that their specific requirements are met to ensure assets are fit for future use.

Our rope access conversant, multi-disciplined engineering team provide technical support and supervision on a wide range of rectification trades projects on secondary and tertiary structures and small scale piping scopes. We manage the design, specification and fabrication requirements with additional engineering support provided by ENGTEQ when required. Furthermore, our multi-skilled trades personnel can complete the service and safely install the newly fabricated components.

Our engineered solutions service includes:

  • Client anomaly repair and replacement
  • Technical support for mechanical scopes
  • Small to medium scale structural and piping replacements, repair and modifications
  • Design
  • Fabrication management
  • Recommended fit for purpose alternatives fabricated to client specifications for duration of field life (supported by ENGTEQ)
  • Reinstallation


Fabrication Management

Getting it right first time is key. Ensuring the project is completed properly and to specification is a priority for CAN and as such, we provide this engineering service in-house to deliver a smooth and efficient process which minimises risk and fabrication defects. We closely manage the fabrication process, using only approved fabricators who have undergone a rigorous selection and evaluation process to meet our exacting standards.

CAN Mechanical and Piping Services



Undertaking repair, replacement and modifications to secondary and tertiary steel, small piping and associated equipment, CAN's multi-skilled rope access personnel conduct a wide range of Mechanical and Piping (Black Trades) services.

Service applications include:

  • Like-for-like replacement pipework
  • Replacement handrails and gratings
  • Hot bolting
  • Springhanger inspection, maintenance and replacement
  • Clamp to caisson to module size rigging installation and hook up
  • Lifting equipment recertification
  • Dropped object surveys
  • Removal of Potential Dropped Objects (PDOs)
  • LOLER Surveys
  • Crane Surveys
  • Deck and bulkhead penetrations
  • Bellows, shrouds and seals

From the basic to the complex, we provide rigging, lifting, mechanical handling, welding, construction and simplification services to promote asset reliability and support the complete asset life cycle. CAN are full members of the LEEA and deliver LOLER compliant rigging and lifting plans, operation execution and platform lifting equipment recertification support.


CAN Electrical, Instrumentation and Small Bore Tubing Services



CAN provides a wide range of electrical inspection, maintenance and instrumentation services which are delivered as an integrated service between the inspection and trades business streams. CAN's multi-skilled technicians are competent to simultaneously inspect, maintain and repair electrical systems to deliver a cost-effective solution offering significant benefits as it removes the need to revisit a worksite and ensures continuity of personnel.

Our range of ATEX aware and compliant services for inspection and maintenance of Ex equipment within hazardous areas are compliant with IEC60079-17.

All our electrical technicians are time served, CompEx certified with a broad working knowledge of the energy industry.


Small Bore Tubing (SBT)

CAN Group deliver a holistic Small Bore Tubing (SBT) integrity service by bringing together the services from three of our business streams to deliver a cost-effective and efficient solution. Our aim is to ensure SBT systems are fit for purpose and safe.

Our SBT service includes:

  • Baseline visual inspection
  • Bespoke inspection strategies
  • Management of SBT registers
  • Electronic tag management
  • Corrosion management and engineering guidance
  • SBT remedial work
  • Rope access inspection and maintenance

CAN's multi-skilled maintenance and inspection personnel simultaneously inspect, maintain and repair SBT systems. As a leading rope access contractor, CAN are able to carry out SBT inspection and maintenance in challenging locations safely and efficiently.

After industry and market review, CAN have created a unique route to technical competence for SBT Inspectors. This level of CAN’s technical competence is over and above what is currently on the market from any SBT training provider. The multi element training program delivers expert knowledge to inspectors regarding visual inspection of SBT assemblies. This is the industry’s first technical competence program aimed specifically at the integrity and inspection of SBT.

Following inspection CAN Group's integrity management and engineering business stream, ENGTEQ, will provide guidance on the most appropriate replacement and repair solution determined by the asset life cycle.

We will then conduct any required maintenance, repair or replacement of affected infrastructure, including managing common failure points such as SBT clamps.

Our approach ensures optimal SBT integrity to maintain safe, on-going operations with in-house procedures and training written and maintained in accordance with the Energy Institutes Guidelines for the Design, Installation and management of Small Bore Tubing Assemblies.


CAN Decommissioining Support



The decommissioning of assets is equally as important as their construction to minimise their lasting impact on the surrounding environment. As part of our complete asset integrity life cycle service, CAN provides an integrated decommissioning and simplification support service to facilitate the safe and efficient removal of assets and redundant structures.

Decommissioning and simplification support services include:

  • Rigging, lifting and mechanical handling
  • Cold cutting, welding and burning
  • Rope access support services
  • Splashzone operations
  • Confined space entry
  • A wide range of inspection services provide by the CAN inspection business stream

CAN Rope Access and Access Solutions



Rope access is synonymous with CAN having introduced Industrial Rope Access to the North Sea in 1986 and as a founding member of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). CAN have maintained full IRATA membership and a seat on the Executive Committee since its inception with over 90% of our field personnel rope access qualified.

Working at height safely is of paramount importance to us with a safety-first approach embedded in our culture. With unrivalled knowledge and extensive experience in this field, CAN also provide bespoke and specialist access systems which have been designed to improve productivity and efficiency in challenging environments.


CANspan - Expandable Modular Work Platform System

Our patented modulat work platform which delivers the benefits of scaffolding without the associated cost. Used in conjunction with rope access, CANspan is extremely light weight and can span from 2m to 22m, be cantilevered up to 8m and arranged around most structures.

CANnet - Work Positioning Netting (WPN) System


An innovative access solution provided as an alternative to other traditional access methods where access is not possible by MEWPS or if working over water. WPN systems are manufactured to BS EN 1263 and offer a cost effective solution that reduces man hours whilst bolstering safety.

CANdeck - Temporary Working Platform


CAN also provides Rigid Aluminium Lightweight Flooring (RALF) that acts as a temporary work platform (TWP). This system, like CANspan, provides a stable working platform and is suited to offshore underdeck, bridges and jetties. Used in conjunction with netting panels the TWP can also be encapsulated providing complete security whilst working at height.

Where applicable, all services are provided utilising rope access or specialist access solutions to deliver an efficient and cost effective service to our clients.




CAN Group is a market leader in life of asset integrity services with our business streams, CAN, ENGTEQ and VENTEQ providing innovative solutions to the energy industry worldwide. As part of CAN Group, CAN benefits from a range of associated services provided by the inspection business stream, ENGTEQ and VENTEQ.


Associated Inspection Services

  • Find and Fix/Arrest identification and inspection support
  • Electrical inspection
  • Small bore tubing inspection


Associated Integrity Management and Engineering Services

  • Structural and mechanical engineering support
  • Technical consultancy
  • Integrity support to Find and Fix/Arrest service


Associated Quality Control and Assurance Services

  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Vendor inspection services
  • Fabrication surveillance