C-MAR, the Aberdeen-based specialist marine services company, has been charged with corruption along with five of its directors. Those accused include the chairman of the group, Chris Hawdon, who faces charges of “conspiring to make and receive corrupt payments” over a five year period, and another shareholder.

The company operates in the Middle East, Asia, Brazil, North America and Europe. Its 2009 accounts show a turnover of £80 million, although it made a loss of £450,000, and that it has been in a tax dispute with the US authorities. For three years running, the company was on the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Companies.

All of the individuals involved deny the charges against them.