Our main role is the design and manufacture of high quality ROV Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS), cranes, hydraulic power units, pressure vessels, electric, pneumatic and hydraulic winches and goods lifts.

Core skills and expertise

Lawson’s expertise is centred on the design of compact mechanical handling systems. The team is highly experienced with a strong background in crane and winch design, and flexibility creates a fast response to challenges; reflected in a history of bespoke machine deliveries.


Development is crucial to our process and is often done together with a customer. Utilising a 50-year backcatalogue, we can take previously designed and fieldproven items as the ‘base model’ to update. Similarly, our involvement in other industries allows ideas used in say, pharmaceuticals to be transferred offshore.

We offer the following:

  • Mechanical handling systems
  • Deck machinery for ships
  • Design and manufacture
  • Quality and simplicity
  • Fully integrated systems

New build machines

The most frequently requested products are Launch and Recovery Systems for ROVs and tools, with well over 100 supplied. The range varies between 1-25Te SWL and cable storage for up to 6000m. We either sell these direct to the end user or via an intermediary such as the ROV manufacturer.
Recent evolutions include one LARS for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and another that transforms a 6m certified sea container into a 5m wide skid with A-frame, HPU and ROV docking system.

Winches, another major product line, cover all possible variants to around 25Te SWL with electric, hydraulic pneumatic or diesel drive. 2007 saw diversification into pressure test systems with 450-bar working pressure vessels of internal diameter to 0.8m and internal length 2m.

Service and after-market

Service and support is offered for every machine and includes on-site training, spares supply, in-field service and our telephone helpline. The man controlling the machine simply phones and talks directly to the designer.

Refurbishment of older machines

Refurbishment programmes are run for older machines extend the life of both our own machines and those made by others. Typically, one third of the as-new cost can extended life by 10-years or more.

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