About

The DR Group is the UK’s largest owner-operator of guard vessels. We support offshore build, maintenance and survey work for the oil, gas and offshore energy sectors in European waters.

The DR story

Our story started back in 1986 when owner Russ Shepcar, aged 16, joined the Royal Navy to be trained as a marine engineer. In 1991 he left the Navy and spent 6 years working around the world in the merchant navy, honing his skills as a marine engineer. In 1997 Russ joined his brother Danny in business in Scotland whereupon they set up DR Diesel, a marine engineering company to service the marine sector. Danny & Russ – D&R – DR was born.

An industrial contract brought Russ to Ireland in 1999 and in 2002 DR Diesel opened their first workshop in Kilkeel Harbour, the home of Northern Ireland’s largest fishing fleet. Russ fell in love with the Mourne region of Northern Ireland and moved permanently to Kilkeel. By 2008 he had acquired fishing boats and a great local reputation as a marine engineer. Danny continued to develop the business in Scotland whilst Russ developed Northern Ireland.

Russ acquired his first guard contract in 2009 and started to develop a specialist guard vessel fleet under the new brand DR Boats, supported by the engineering team of DR Diesel. In 2018, run on family values as a family business with his wife Daiva, the company evolved from DR Diesel and DR Boats into The DR Group structure seen today:

The DR story

Our story started back in 1986 when owner Russ Shepcar, aged 16, joined the Royal Navy to be trained as a marine engineer. In 1991 he left the Navy and spent 6 years working around the world in the merchant navy, honing his skills as a marine engineer. In 1997 Russ joined his brother Danny in business in Scotland whereupon they set up DR Diesel, a marine engineering company to service the marine sector. Danny & Russ – D&R – DR was born.

An industrial contract brought Russ to Ireland in 1999 and in 2002 DR Diesel opened their first workshop in Kilkeel Harbour, the home of Northern Ireland’s largest fishing fleet. Russ fell in love with the Mourne region of Northern Ireland and moved permanently to Kilkeel. By 2008 he had acquired fishing boats and a great local reputation as a marine engineer. Danny continued to develop the business in Scotland whilst Russ developed Northern Ireland.

Russ acquired his first guard contract in 2009 and started to develop a specialist guard vessel fleet under the new brand DR Boats, supported by the engineering team of DR Diesel. In 2018, run on family values as a family business with his wife Daiva, the company evolved from DR Diesel and DR Boats into The DR Group structure seen today:

The DR Group comprises of

 

DR Maritime Assets

Provides vessels, Masters, crew and tech our clients can rely on for offshore guard and support contracts. We are developing specialist cutting edge technology and innovative operating models to deliver contracts seamlessly and efficiently.

DR Marine

The workshop of the group. As a Royal Navy trained marine engineer, owner Russ Shepcar oversees the operation of DR Marine in his role as Chief Engineer to ensure that DR’s impeccable reputation as a first class engineering team in the maritime sector is maintained.

“The DR Dazzle”

In 2018/19 to mark the centenary of the 1918/19 roll out across the Royal Navy of the most iconic maritime design in history, Norman Wilkinson’s camouflage ‘dazzle’, The DR Group incorporated dazzle into its brand. On the water it makes our vessels highly visible. As a brand statement it stands us out as a market leader in the guard vessel space, prepared to push the boundaries of guard work innovation and delivery.