Our Story – One Man’s Vision That Spawned A Family Business
With a childhood fascination in engineering (particularly anything to do with Formula 1 cars) it was no surprise that our company chairman, Gerald Barnett (commonly known as Barney) began his engineering career at Paxman Diesels in Colchester back in 1966.
Whilst at Paxman, Barney gained a thorough appreciation and understanding of the complexities of diesel engines as part of the development section supporting the RPH, YH and YJ models.
Following his time in development, Barney went on to travel the world as a service engineer, working on many different engine types and associated equipment.
By working on customers’ sites and vessels, Barney began to understand firsthand the pressures his clients were under, with every down day costing money in lost earnings, fines or additional running expenses.
Often, it wasn’t until he was on a vessel that the full extent of the problems he was tasked with fixing became evident, with misleading information provided beforehand and an increasing challenge unfolding.
Back in the ‘70s, communicating back to technical support was almost impossible, which often resulted in him needing to use his engineering knowledge to find root causes and safe solutions with the facilities and spares available to him at the time.
These experiences gave him a real understanding of the pain clients felt when their engines were out of action and how the same solution would not be right for every customer.
It was from these experiences that he identified a real need for an alternative option within the industry and established Bartech Marine Engineering in 1987 with his wife Jane.
Jane’s experience as a legal secretary was invaluable in establishing the administrative procedures and templates vital for any professional company and coupled with Barney’s expertise, the duo were the perfect team.
Fast forward thirty years or so, and Bartech still holds true to those values – solution focused, responsive and technical excellence.
Bartech has grown substantially over the last 30 years, but remains a family owned business, constantly looking to reinvest in facilities, equipment and training. It is through this investment we will continue to deliver the highest standards and innovations to benefit our clients