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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide.

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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide..

Our Current Client List:

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Torqeedo

(Starnberg, Germany)

Marine electric drives

Torqeedo is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Founded in 2005, Torqeedo is headquartered in Starnberg, Germany and sells its award-winning products in over 50 countries around the world.

Newmar

(Newport Beach, Calif)

DC Power products

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Newmar has been a leading manufacturer of DC power products for over 40 years. The company serves mission-critical applications in marine, telecommunications, networks, land-mobile and automation markets, and sells its products through authorized distributors globally. In addition to battery chargers, Newmar’s marine products include inverters, DC converters, power supplies, DC power conditioners, DC power stabilizers and DC UPS. For more information, visit www.newmarpower.com.

Elcome International

(Dubai)

Marine systems integrator and ship service

Founded in 1969, Elcome has been serving the marine industry as an innovative, reliable and high quality system integrator, distributor, installer and after-sales service agent of marine equipment, technologies and solutions.

Calnetix

(Cerritos, CA)

Permanent magnet power generation, waste heat recovery

Calnetix helps OEMs to meet industry demand for reliable, clean energy by providing our Thermapower® and Hydrocurrent™ ORC systems to recover and utilize waste heat, and our VDC® and REGEN™ flywheel systems to store and recycle energy.

Danelec Marine

(Copenhagen)

Bridge electronics for maritime industry

Danelec Marine is a leading manufacturer of VDRs (Voyage Data Recorders) with more than 6,000 installations worldwide and is strongly positioned in ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems). 

Taylor Made Group

(Gloversville, NY)

OEM & aftermarket boating products

The Taylor Made Group traces its beginnings to 1908 and the custom canvas trade. Today, the diversified businesses that make up the Taylor Made Group share an unwavering commitment to founder Nelson A. Taylor’s business values: Superior craftsmanship, constant innovation and customer support far beyond the ordinary.

Volvo Penta of the Americas

(Chesapeake, VA)

Marine and industrial engines

Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Clients’ Press Releases

Danelec Marine Brings the Internet of Things (IoT) to the Shipping Industry with New Remote Management Tools

May 30, 2017

(Birkeroed, Denmark – May 30, 2017) – Danelec Marine’s new intelligent remote management platform is bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the maritime industry by providing easy, low-cost access to data from ships at sea.

The second-generation DanelecConnect telematics platform is now fully available and the first ship installations are currently underway.

The company is working with third-party software application providers to use the DanelecConnect application programming interface (API) tool to capture data from shipboard systems and sensors into their specialized software packages. One of the first is Hamburg-based Hanseaticsoft, which is integrating the DanelecConnect API into its suite of Cloud Fleet Manager applications for shipping companies. The API permits shipboard data to feed seamlessly from the DanelecConnect on-shore server automatically capturing a large array of data into Hanseaticsoft’s analytics platform.

“As a software company, accessing good-quality timely data from ships has been a challenge,” said Hanseaticsoft CEO Alexander Buchmann. “It is difficult and expensive to install and maintain a custom data collection network with hundreds of data points on each ship. Danelec overcomes that barrier with a universal interface that provides a seamless data flow into our advanced analytic tools, allowing us to do what we do best, providing decision-support tools for our customers.”

The DanelecConnect Vessel Remote Server (VRS) module is a small electronic interface box that connects with the ship’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), as well as other data sources. The VRS collects and processes the desired datasets for transmission through the ship’s satellite communications system to a Danelec server, where it can be shared with authorized users. Datasets can be pre-selected for transmission at programmed intervals under software control. The intelligent software allows event-driven or condition-based rules to control the selection and frequency of data transfer. It can also provide immediate notification of alarms or out-of-tolerance conditions in onboard systems. Authorized shoreside personnel can also request specific data files for on-demand downloads.

“DanelecConnect is the enabling technology for a wide range of IoT applications, including emissions monitoring, ballast water treatment, main engine performance, auxiliary systems and weather routing,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “We’re working closely with Hanseaticsoft and other third-party companies who are integrating our remote access management solutions into their systems. We will have several important announcements coming soon.”

Ottosen noted that DanelecConnect has been optimized to facilitate ship-to-shore data transmission over narrowband maritime satellite channels. “For typical large data transfer scenarios, the satellite costs are as low as one USD per day,” he said.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t4leazhhw89tqai/DanelecConnect%20for%203rd%20Party%20Software.png?dl=0.

About Hanseaticsoft | Founded in 2009, Hanseaticsoft supplies cloud-based software to manage inspections, purchasing, crew management and maintenance. Shipping customers include NSC, UASC, Peter Dohle, H. Schuldt and Rigel. The company plans to open three new sales offices in Athens, Copenhagen and Singapore in 2017. Hanseaticsoft received a significant investment from Lloyd’s Register earlier this year.

About Danelec Marine | Headquartered in Denmark, Danelec Marine is a leading supplier of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), ship-to-shore data communication systems and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Danelec Marine was one of the first companies to bring to market VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) to meet the original IMO carriage requirements. More than 6,000 vessels today are equipped with a VDR or S-VDR designed and manufactured by Danelec Marine. The company has service facilities with factory-trained personnel in more than 50 countries and Certified Service Centers at strategic locations worldwide. To learn more about the Danelec difference, visit www.danelec-marine.com.

Media Contact: Jim Rhodes, Rhodes Communications, Inc.

+1 757.451.0602 jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Strengthens Commercial Marine Sales and Support Network

May 26, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 26, 2017 – Volvo Penta of the Americas is taking steps to strengthen its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its burgeoning commercial marine business in North America.

The company has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan. The company was founded in 1957 and currently has four primary divisions providing products and services at more than 20 locations across the upper Midwest.

Volvo Penta is also expanding and realigning the territories of existing commercial marine Power Centers to improve efficiency and customer service. Western Branch Diesel is assuming responsibility for North Carolina, and Florida Detroit Diesel Allison is expanding its territory to include Mississippi and Alabama.

“Our Power Centers and distribution partners are our front-line troops when it comes to building and sustaining customer satisfaction,” said Dave Brown, director of commercial marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “These measures will greatly strengthen our presence in key regions, including the upper Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic. At the same time, we are beefing up our internal staffing and processes to support our external sales and service partners.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kyeblzfnjok0g6i/AAC1tjD87WTOadLo0K_muzaba?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

 Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084

E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

 Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications, Inc.

Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602

E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Torqeedo Deep Blue Hybrid System Powers Privilege Marine Luxury Catamaran

May 24, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – May 24, 2017 – Luxury catamaran manufacturer Privilege Marine announced that it now offers hybrid electric propulsion and integrated energy management by Torqeedo.

Torqeedo’s Deep Blue Hybrid delivers cutting-edge electric propulsion and integrated energy management for leisure boat and commercial applications. The first Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran will feature a 2 x 50 kW inboard system.

Deep Blue Hybrid provides balanced, eco-friendly energy for emission-free electric propulsion and all house loads by harvesting renewable energy from solar cells and hydrogeneration. Torqeedo’s modular combination of standard components can be tailored easily to individual needs.

For long-range cruising, a 22 kW HV-DC converter generator is integrated into the system, which offers the same range as a yacht equipped with a combustion engine. It provides enough energy to power the motor and charge the batteries, if needed. As soon as the batteries are fully loaded, the generator turns off to offer quiet electric motoring for several hours per day at moderate cruising speed.

The combination of renewables, generator power and high-capacity BMW i battery storage allows owners to draw on an abundance of energy. Even air conditioning systems can be operated without running a generator at night. A fully charged system delivers 20 nautical miles of noise-free motoring at five knots speed.

Deep Blue Hybrid’s nine-year battery limited warranty and worldwide service network are also essential advantages for Privilege yachts cruising the world. Peter Went, future owner of “Le Penseur,” the first yacht of the Privilege Series 5 Hybrid Catamaran, is particularly fond of the Torqeedo system: “The game-changer for me, looking at an integrated power system, is the hydrogeneration capability.” The yacht will be launched in early 2018.

Gilles Wagner, CEO of Privilege Marine, states that Privilege chose Torqeedo’s Deep Blue Hybrid based on its remarkable industrial development: “Torqeedo has now lifted hybrid technology to a professional, industrial level by delivering an integrated system from one source.”

Privilege Marine was recently acquired by Aurelius, the parent company of Hanse Yachts. Last autumn, Hanse and Torqeedo announced the Rudder Drive, another innovative propulsion system which replaces the diesel engine, thruster and saildrive for sailboats up to 40′. The Rudder Drive was the first time a large-scale yacht manufacturer has offered an industrially produced electric drive system as a factory option.

For high-resolution images and captions, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rwcltga232ccrml/AAB4AWhilIvd5depk-wVxL_ia?dl=0.

About Torqeedo

Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, Torqeedo stands for clean, sustainable mobility on the water. The company manufactures innovative electric and hybrid propulsion systems from one to 160 HP. For more information, please visit: www.torqeedo.com.

Media Contacts:

Tess Smallridge

Torqeedo, Inc.

+1 (815) 981-3302

Tess.Smallridge@torqeedo.com

Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications, Inc.

+1 (757) 451-0602

jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Boating Industry Magazine Names Volvo Penta Easy Drain One of Top Boating Products of the Year

May 1, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 1, 2017 – Boating Industry, the monthly U.S. boating business magazine, has selected Volvo Penta’s Easy Drain as one of the top products of the year.

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