Between 1939 and 1945 Marine and Commercial Services labour force including Mr. Robertson’s 13 children who all worked for the company fell under reserved occupation, during WW2 they were used as “run crews” on ship whilst the actual crew were on leave.
Bert Robertson one of Mr. Robertson’s children took over the running of the business following his father’s death
Becoming a limited company
Marine and Commercial Services became a Limited company and under the guidance of Bert Robertson started to diversify the business to work on land based boilers.
Between 1951 and 1970 Marine and Commercial continued to expand into commercial heating services within the City of London carrying out boiler and tank cleaning, whilst working on cleaning ships boiler in their docking period along with expanding its core business of cargo lashing, container lashing and maintenanceThe company also developed a strong working relationship supplying labour, riggers and shore gangs to the docks for company’s such as Blundell & Crompton, Port of London Authority
Move to East India Dock Road
Due to Marine and Commercial continued to expand into commercial heating services within the City of London carrying out boiler and tank cleaning, whilst working on cleaning ships boiler in their docking period along with expanding its core business of cargo lashing, container lashing and maintenanceThe company also developed a strong working relationship supplying labour, riggers and shore gangs to the docks for company’s such as Blundell & Crompton, Port of London Authority
Ted Grad joins
Ted Grad joined Maracom with a dedicated target of expanding the business within the industrial heating and steam boiler installation and maintenance.
Ted Grad completed the management buyout of Marine and Commercial Services becoming the sole owner.
Between 1981 and 1985, under the guidance of the new owner the company significantly increased its staffing levels and turnover and started to specialist in combustion works as well as building and developing the commercial boiler installations for Hospitals and local authorities. This really was the start of what we know of as Marine and Commercial Services today.
Move to Marine House
Due to the company’s expansion it found it could no longer operate out of its currents premises as it needed a workshop as well as larger offices to service its ever increasing client base such as McVities, Tate and Lyle, Pickford and the National Film Theatre and moved to Marine House, St. Anne’ Row in Limehouse. The Mayor of Tower Hamlets opened the premises on the 7th April 1986.
Back to serving London Docks
The company was successful in tendering the Marine Labour Contract for the London Docklands Development Corporation and was awarded the contract in early spring and what to be mobilised by the summer. The contract increased the company staff by 15 and brought the company a full circle to serve the London Docks again.
Bespoke job costing programme
The company in conjunction with Miles Consulting developed and implements it bespoke job costing programme.
The company again tendered successfully for another contract to supply Marine Labour to the London Docklands Development Corporation, this again increase company staff and turnover employing 20 Waterman and Lighterman. To fulfil the contract the company purchase two boats; Crackerjack and Oddjob
As the combustion services was growing rapidly the company separated into three divisions; Installation, Maintenance and Marine.
End of marine labour contracts
The marine labour contracts came to an end.
Focus on commercial heating services
Between 1996 and 2000, the company concentrated again on developing and building its commercial heating services increasing combustion staff within the Maintenance making it one of the largest team of combustion engineers within the south east of England. The installation team continued to complete projects for its increasing client base.
Change of name
Move to Bow Common Lane
Due to increasing expansion Maracom Limited moved again to Bow Common Lane, much large premises both office and workshop
Maracom purchased Boiler Maintenance Limited, this along with the acquisition of RBB Refractory Limited in 2004 provided a sound and structured base of highly skilled operatives enabling out clients to benefit from the expertise and knowledge.
After the successful purchase of Boiler Maintenance and RBB Refractory Maracom continued it growth, being awarded various contracts such as the maintenance contracts for the Metropolitan police sites, The Royal Household, Addenbrooks Incinerators refractory repairs, Boiler installations for the Landmark Hotel, Savoy Group, Hilton Hotels between 2004 and 2008
Cantabrigia Investments Limited
Having worked at Maracom since 1971, Ted Grad felt it was time to retire and sold the Company to Cantabrigia Investments Limited. This brought fresh new leadership and impetus to the company to continue delivering a high quality customer focused service at an affordable price, on time and in budget
Electronic reporting system
Maracom implemented a bespoke real time electronic reporting system; the system developed in-house facilitates real time reporting processes between Maracom’s management and admin team and our engineers as well as between Maracom and our clients.
Maracom competed in the Royal Warrant Holder 5 A side football competition, having reached the final Maracom lost on penalties
First design and build
In 2011-2012 Maracom successfully tender its first design and build contract for a district heating system including CHP, boiler, ancillary plant and controls for a new build housing project in East London, at this time this was Maracom’s largest single plant room contract
After receiving a very strange email asking if we could quote for gas pipe to be installed 50m due north and 75 meters due south with no other information, Maracom was awarded the contract to install the gas pipework to the Olympic Flame, The brief was to design, install, test and maintain the gas pipe work supplying the flame. The design was quite an intricate one as there were numerous hurdles to overcome; the gas pipework route was to run under the staging area (an enclosed space) throughout the opening ceremony. The contract included lighting of the flame and manning it 24 hours per day throughout the Olympic Games.
Move to Castle Wharf
Maracom moved again to Castle Wharf with facility a much larger workshop to facilitate the business requirements.
Maracom also tendered successfully for the contract to design and build 3 no. 2.5mW self-contained plug and play mobile plant rooms to support the energy centre throughout the Olympics, each mobile plant room had to be fully self-contained; with its own boiler, power generator, oil tank, flexible gas connections and controls.
Maracom was awarded the contract to replace the boilers at Rowley Way Estate NW8, at the time of being build it was the largest council estate in Europe, in 1993 it was awarded grade II listing which proved all the more difficult for the contract as everything has to be in keeping with the existing such as the flues has to be made to look old.
Move to Beckton
Maracom moved again to Beckton, East London, taking out a 20 year lease.