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

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

Our Current Client List:

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HUMPHREE

(Virginia Beach, VA)

Stabilization & Trim Systems

Humphree equipment is designed and manufactured to deliver world-class quality and reliability. Customer support and spare parts are available wherever and whenever needed, through our Head Office in Sweden or via our expanding network of local representatives around the world.

Upwing Energy, Inc.

(Cerritos, CA)

Artificial Lift Technology

Upwing Energy, Inc. provides the only artificial lift technology that increases the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas from conventional and unconventional wells by inputting energy into the gas stream.

EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc.

(Annapolis, MD)

Satellite Communications

EVERYWHERE Communications provides dual-mode cellular and satellite communications, powered by patented technology deployed in mission-critical environments. In or out of cellular coverage, we have you connected globally. EVERYWHERE.

AST&Science

(Miami, FL)

AST&Science was founded by satellite-industry pioneer, entrepreneur and inventor Abel Avellan, a 25-year veteran in the global satellite communications sector. He was the founder and CEO of EMC until it was sold to Global Eagle for $550 million in 2016. Avellan was named Satellite Teleport Executive of the Year in 2017 and was the recipient of the Satellite Transaction of the Year award by Euroconsult in 2015. Avellan is also co-inventor of 18 U.S. patented technologies.

ThinKom Solutions, Inc.

(Hawthorne, CA)

Broadband antenna

ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antenna and products for aeronautical, on-the-move (OTM) and man-portable applications. With more than 640 aeronautical satcom antennas currently deployed, ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.

Western Branch Diesel

(Portsmouth, VA)

Western Branch Diesel is a family-owned distributor providing sales and service of diesel engines and transmissions for marine and industrial markets. Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, the company has 11 branch offices covering Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. The company’s 280 employees include over 150 technicians.

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.

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). 

Clients’ Press Releases

THINKOM SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES FIRST AERO TERMINAL CONNECTIVITY WITH SES’ O3B MEO SATELLITES

September 25, 2018

In-Flight Demo Trials to Follow in Coming Months

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. today announced the successful completion of the first ground test of its ThinAir® Ka2517 Ka-band phased-array satellite antenna with the SES’ O3b constellation of medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites.

The test was conducted in August 2018 at ThinKom’s facility in Hawthorne, California, in collaboration with SES Networks.

For the ground test, a vehicle-mounted ThinKom Ka2517 aeronautical antenna acquired successive O3b MEO satellites at 13-degree elevation and successfully tracked them for 30-minute periods while the satellites traversed from west to east.

ThinKom said this test is a precursor to a flight test, expected to take place before the end of 2018. This will be the first in-flight demonstration of a ThinKom antenna communicating through a non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and will demonstrate the ability of ThinKom’s phased-array antenna to auto-track and perform seamless beam switching through aircraft roll, pitch, and yaw motions.

O3b is the first NGSO satellite constellation capable of delivering commercial broadband communication services. The constellation orbits the Earth at about 8,000 km altitude, along an equatorial path, allowing much larger visible Earth angles than low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations currently being evaluated.

“ThinKom’s unique patented low-profile phased-array antennas have been designed for interoperability on geostationary (GEO) and MEO satellites with the agility and switching speed to move seamlessly from beam-to-beam and constellation-to-constellation. Agility tests have proven that our antenna achieves switching speeds of less than one second, more than fast enough to support beam switching with no interruption in connectivity,” said Bill Milroy, ThinKom Chief Technology Officer.

“The ground test, and the coming aero tests, are important steps in showing the ability of the ThinKom antenna to operate on the O3b MEO satellite network, and will pave the way to full commercialization,” said Milroy.

“Innovation in terminal technology is key for scaling SES Networks’ proven MEO system for mass connectivity. We’re delighted to collaborate with ThinKom and to continue growing a partner ecosystem that will redefine the standard for our industry,” said Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at SES Networks. “This development aligns with our aim to make it faster, easier and more affordable to expand service reach to our customers and their end users.”

For more on ThinKom’s LEO/MEO/GEO interoperability, see this video.

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About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com.

About SES/O3b
SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com

Press Contacts:
Greg Otto
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
+1 310 802 4507
gregory.otto@thinkom.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757 451 0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Powers Gensets for Emergency Backup Electricity at Well Sites in Long Island

September 24, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 24, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas is supplying diesel engines for generators being deployed for emergency backup power at fresh-water wells across Long Island, New York, under a contract from the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA).

The contractor for the genset upgrade program is PowerPro Service Company, a major industrial generator dealer on Long Island. The Volvo Penta-powered gensets are being supplied by Gillette Generators. The units are mounted in custom-built soundproof enclosures fabricated by Chilicothe Metal.

SCWA is one of the largest ground-water utilities in the United States. The authority supplies water meeting all national and local requirements for water quality to about 1.2 million Suffolk County residents from more than 230 well sites. SCWA launched a system-wide upgrade of backup power stations in 2017 to ensure uninterrupted supply of fresh water to customers during electric power outages.

“The SCWA contract was competitively bid and awarded in three phases,” explained Frank Navetta, president of PowerPro Service Company. “We worked closely with Gillette to develop a configuration using the Volvo Penta 13- and 16-liter engines. The result was a highly competitive package that met the customer’s detailed specifications. We supplied four 350 kW units for Phase One. Tests revealed that the engines were very strong and reliable in response and recovery, and we successfully bid the next two phases with the Gillette and Volvo Penta package.”

A total of 36 Gillette backup power units have been supplied and commissioned to date under the SCWA program. They include replacements for older gensets at certain sites and new installations at others.

SCWA director of production control, Michael O’Connell, stated in a 2017 press release that the new generators are greener and more fuel efficient than their predecessors, and also significantly larger in capacity, enabling them to run additional wells.

“This is our first large-scale project with Gillette Generators,” said Bill Pacey, acting vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Gillette started using our Tier 3 13- and 16-liter diesels in their 250-600 kW generator systems in 2016.”

“We have had great success using the Volvo Penta engines in our gensets,” said Charlie Habic, president of Gillette Generators. “They are rugged and reliable and give us a competitive advantage over other products. In addition, Volvo Penta’s comprehensive North American service network is an important reassurance for our dealers.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tm765i3s84p04cf/AAAa_chXZhA3r4_g0TMsGviLa?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. 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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THINKOM AND TELESAT TO JOINTLY DEVELOP AN ENTERPRISE USER TERMINAL FOR TELESAT’S GLOBAL LEO SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

September 24, 2018

Companies will conduct live, over-the-air testing on Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite using ThinKom’s Ka-band aero phased array antenna

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. and Telesat have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a Ka-band enterprise user terminal for Telesat’s planned low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites.

As an initial step in the process, ThinKom’s ThinAir® Ka2517 phased array antenna system, which is currently in production for commercial and government in-flight connectivity (IFC), will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite over the next few months.

Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO constellation will combine the company’s global spectrum rights in Ka-band with Telesat’s proprietary LEO architecture to transform global communications. The constellation will deliver an unsurpassed combination of capacity, speed, security, resiliency, latency and low cost. Telesat’s LEO constellation will accelerate 4G/5G expansion, bridge the digital divide by bringing fiber-like high-speed services into rural and remote communities, and set new levels of performance for commercial and government broadband on land, sea and in the air.

ThinKom and Telesat will collaborate in the development of a new Telesat LEO-compliant enterprise terminal for terrestrial applications. Building on ThinKom’s disruptive antenna technology and Telesat’s commercial and technical expertise in satellite communications, the new terminal will be cost effective while delivering high-performance connectivity for applications including mobile backhaul, Wi-Fi hotspots, isolated cable and DSL networks, and remote institutions.

“ThinKom’s new terminal, combined with the revolutionary value proposition of Telesat’s LEO constellation, will unlock new satellite communications market opportunities with better value economics for service providers and their customers,” said Michel Forest, Director of Engineering at Telesat. “Easy to deploy, cost effective, and agile beam antenna technology are key requirements for our Telesat LEO constellation, which will be able to allocate bandwidth seamlessly and instantly where it’s most needed.”

“Live, over-the-air testing with Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite will validate that the ThinKom Ka-band aero antennas, which currently operate on geostationary satellites, meet all of the Telesat LEO system requirements,” Forest added.

Bill Milroy, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of ThinKom Solutions, commented, “ThinKom’s patented phased-array architecture provides rapid switching speeds without the drawbacks typical of electronic scanning antennas in terms of limited instantaneous bandwidth, poor low look-angle performance, high power consumption and lower aperture efficiency.”

“Our proven antenna technology has the versatility to support an integrated LEO constellation solution offering gap-free pole-to-pole coverage with automatic beam switching, rapid outage recovery and network optimization for different geographical regions,” said Milroy. “This means we can offer a fast-track path to commercialization of a fully interoperable, multi-orbit solution in the near term.”

For more on ThinKom’s LEO/MEO/GEO interoperability, see this video.

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About Telesat
Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 17 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned global LEO satellite constellation that will offer low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL). https://www.telesat.com/

About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com.

Press Contacts:
Greg Otto
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
+1 310 802 4507
gregory.otto@thinkom.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757 451 0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Sportfishing Vessel in Pacific Northwest Repowers with Volvo Penta

September 20, 2018

Owner Satisfied with Faster Top Speed, Efficient Cruising, Easy Maintenance

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 20, 2018 – Jim Miller, an avid sports fisherman who trolls the challenging ocean and bay waters of the Pacific Northwest, was in the market for a bigger boat. Instead of spending a bundle on a new vessel, he opted to rebuild and repower his existing 33-foot sportfishing boat Epic. He’s glad he did. The sleek sportfishing boat is now eight feet longer and packs a lot more power, thanks to the new twin engine Volvo Penta D6-370 DPH sterndrive.

The decision to upgrade with Volvo Penta was easy for Miller, who lives in Roy, Washington.

“I’m loyal. I’ve always been a Volvo Penta customer, and I love the product,” said Miller, who uses his boat to fish with his buddies in nearby La Push and Ilwaco on Washington’s coast. His first boat, a 26-foot Anacapri, was repowered with a Volvo Penta gasoline engine in the early 1990s. When he purchased the Epic, built by Bounty Boats, it had 200 horsepower KAD-41 Volvo Penta diesel engines.

In upgrading the Epic, Miller decided on the twin Volvo Penta D6-370 DPH package for its high performance, low emissions and quiet ride.

“Volvo Penta diesels are rapidly becoming the first choice when it comes to repowering sport fishing vessels,” said Jens Bering, vice president, marine sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Our modern clean-burning diesel engines are true workhorses that deliver the speed, torque and performance for the most demanding of owners.”

Three businesses took part in the project. Little Hoquiam Shipyard, in Hoquiam, Washington, extended the Epic from 33 feet to 41 feet. Pacific Power Group, a Volvo Penta Power Center covering the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, supplied the engines and parts. The Pacific Power team collaborated with Jeff Dyke, owner of the Portland-based Cook Engine, Inc., who oversaw the engine replacement and configured the vessel with joysticks, glass cockpits and two helm stations.

Since the project was completed this spring, Miller says the Epic cruises at an easy 26 knots burning just nine gallons per hour and can also achieve a top speed of 42 knots. That’s good news for Miller and his fishing pals, who like to get where they’re going quickly for catches of tuna, lingcod, halibut and salmon.

“This was a seamless repower project, from start to finish,” said Dave Bibby, Volvo Penta Parts Regional Manager, Pacific Power Marine Group. “You couldn’t have asked for a better team, a better product – or a happier customer.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/prgkqmew8l9xstm/AADq_WnC1F8OzsBVEMhlGeaPa?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. 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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Calnetix to Showcase Permanent Magnet Solutions for High-Speed Compressor Motors and Turbo Expanders at Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia 2018

September 13, 2018

CERRITOS, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2018 – Calnetix Technologies will showcase its permanent magnet (PM) solutions for high-speed compressor motors and turbo expander generators, as well as its new-generation medium-voltage motor and drive systems at the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia to be held Sept. 18-20 in Houston.

The company’s PM and magnetic bearing technologies provide reduced maintenance, increased reliability, significant reduction in size and removal of conventional lubrication systems to eliminate contamination of working fluids or gases.

Calnetix Technologies’ PM machines, magnetic bearings and power electronics are being utilized worldwide in gas and liquid processing applications, such as natural gas expanders, natural gas compressors and pumps. Its turboexpander systems run on magnetic bearings and are hermetically sealed into a single housing, eliminating the need for a gearbox, lubrication system or any auxiliaries. The systems utilize natural gas to cool the motor and active magnetic bearings.

In addition, Calnetix Technologies has developed compact, efficient and cost-competitive SiC based medium voltage drive systems for high-speed motor applications. The developed drive systems are suitable for natural gas compression, power generation and turbo expansion applications.

The Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia is a global forum for the exchange of ideas between rotating equipment engineers and technicians. Now surpassing 46 years, the symposia is known for its impact on the turbomachinery, pump, oil and gas, petrochemical, power, aerospace, chemical and water industries. Visitors are invited to come by Booth 2514 to learn more about high-speed compressor motors and expanders, and new-generation medium-voltage motor and drive systems.

About Calnetix Technologies

Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries™. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets. For more information, please visit www.calnetix.com.

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Connected Ships and IoT: Danelec Marine Announces Strategic Partnerships and New Features for IoT Data Platform at SMM 2018

September 4, 2018

DanelecConnect Is Key Enabling Technology for Easy,
Low-Cost Implementation of IoT Solutions for Shipping Industry

HAMBURG, Germany – Sept. 4, 2018 – The Internet of Things (IoT) Revolution is starting to make inroads into the global shipping industry, and Danelec Marine plans to play a central role in accelerating that process by removing one of the major barriers to entry.

“The critical element in any IoT system is the availability of timely, high-quality data through reliable low-cost connections from remotely located machines, equipment and systems,” explains Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “That’s typically not a problem in land-based transportation modes, but is a tremendous hurdle for ships at sea. That’s why the shipping industry has been relatively slow to embrace the IoT Revolution. It would be prohibitively difficult and expensive to create a custom data network for each ship. That’s why we developed DanelecConnect — the industry’s first open-architecture universal shipboard data collection and transfer platform, which substantially simplifies and reduces the cost of adopting IoT solutions for shipping fleets.”

DanelecConnect uses a small electronic remote server that connects with the ship’s VDR and other data sources. The unit’s open architecture allows it to accept serial and analog data from all types of equipment with no special custom interfaces. With DanelecConnect, a ship can collect and transmit hundreds or even thousands of data sets via satellite to Danelec’s cloud-based server ashore for only USD1 per day in airtime costs.

The company is following a strategy of forming strategic collaboration partnerships with data analytics and satellite communication companies to facilitate widespread adoption of IoT solutions and continues to roll out important enhancements to the DanelecConnect platform.

Partnerships

At SMM 2018, Inmarsat announced a strategic partnership with Danelec Marine to develop a shipboard data collection and processing system for Inmarsat’s new Fleet Data IoT solution.

“Fleet Data is the first and only highly reliable, dedicated bandwidth-inclusive IoT service, on a sensor agnostic platform that allows ship owners and ship managers to access the full potential of the IoT and efficiency-enhancing vessel performance applications in real time,” said Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime. “Fleet Data will overcome key difficulties faced by those frustrated with the challenge of aggregating vessel data onboard and getting it efficiently onshore.”

Earlier this year, Danelec and NAPA announced a strategic collaboration in March to deliver a complete cloud-based IoT solution for ship performance analysis and optimization, integrating the DanelecConnect data collection and transfer platform with NAPA’s advanced analytics and optimization tools. The NAPA Office and NAPA Ship Performance Analytics Service software have now been fully integrated with DanelecConnect. The two companies have completed initial sea trials and are making installations with several major shipping companies.

New Capabilities

Onboard Dashboard A new onboard dashboard has been created with customizable screens for crew monitoring of readouts from shipboard equipment in real-time. The dashboard allows crew to view KPIs from various onboard instruments, sensors and systems. KPIs can be color coded to indicate normal, unusual or dangerous conditions. The same data can also be seen on the remote dashboard in the home office.

File Transport System The File Transport system now has the capability to upload and download files to and from non-Danelec equipment onboard through the DanelecConnect control server. This capability is ideal for automatic remote uploads of software updates or downloading large data reports from the onboard equipment.

Teamviewer IoT This third-party software can be installed in the DanelecConnect Vessel Remote Server, allowing PCs in shore offices to initiate and establish a connection to the vessel – without interference of the crew – and log into onboard equipment without having to invest in an expensive VPN solution.

Deployments

DanelecConnect is now installed and operational on hundreds of ships, including some of the world’s leading shipping companies such as Maersk, Vroon, CP Offen, China Navigation and Spliethoff.

Spliethoff Superintendent Theo Kinds commented, “We were one of the first shipping companies to deploy the DanelecConnect IoT platform starting in 2017, and the results have exceeded our expectations. We are already seeing improvements in ship operations from the instant real-time visibility we now have into what’s happening with shipboard equipment. This helps us catch small problems before they become big ones. The DanelecConnect installations were straightforward, including interfaces with all the ship’s systems and sensors, typically taking no more than a single day for each ship.”

Explosive Growth Forecast for IoT

A recent Gartner report predicts that 5.5 million new IoT devices will come online every day in 2018, with more than 20.8 billion connected items by 2020. Business Insider predicts $6 billion (USD) will be invested into IoT solutions by 2020, generating $13 trillion of value (USD) by 2025.

A research paper published by Inmarsat this year, based on responses from 125 ship owners, found that the primary drivers for adoption of IoT in the shipping industry are operational efficiency, environmental regulations and safety concerns.

Danelec Marine will showcase its ECDIS, VDR and ship IoT solutions on Stand B6 529 at SMM 2018.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y9je22vt3ttsc1/AAA9vp4ZLdjU0Px_Laqh0gPAa?dl=0.

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 Powers New 55-Foot Boat for Virginia Pilots

September 4, 2018

Volvo Penta IPS Sets New Standards for Speed, Maneuverability, Fuel Efficiency and Emission Reduction

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 4, 2018 – The newest addition to the Virginia Pilots Association boat fleet is powered by a unique propulsion system from Volvo Penta of the Americas.

The 55-ft. seagoing pilot launch, named Hampton Roads, was delivered to the association’s facility in Virginia Beach this summer and is now in full service, delivering pilots to offshore ships preparing to enter port. The pilots, who are experts in the local shipping channels and harbor facilities, are responsible for navigating and maneuvering the large ships to their berths.

Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Chesapeake-class vessel is powered by twin 13-liter 900 hp U.S. EPA Tier 3 engines with IPS3 drive systems and Volvo Penta EVC electronic steering and control system with a three-axis joystick.

The IPS technology, which was pioneered by Volvo Penta, uses steerable pod drives with dual counter-rotating propellers integrated with underwater exhaust. The forward-facing propellers pull the boat through the water rather than pushing.

The Virginia Pilot boats operate every day around the clock in extreme weather and sea conditions, including hurricanes, northeasters and dense fog delivering pilots to ships entering the Hampton Roads harbor. The Association completes more than 7,000 ship boardings per year.

“When it came to specifying the engine system for our new pilot boat, our chief criteria were stability, safety, reliability, service support, speed and efficiency,” said Virginia Pilots Association spokesman Frank Rabena. “We did our research and discovered the Volvo Penta D13 with IPS3 met those needs and more. We learned that the Tampa Bay Pilots Association had taken delivery of a Gladding-Hearn Chesapeake-class boat with IPS, so we made a trip to Florida to experience it firsthand. The benefits of IPS were obvious.”

“Compared to traditional inboard shafts, the Volvo Penta IPS gives us better control over the boat’s movement, making it easier and safer to maneuver the boat alongside a large ship in heavy seas and high winds, so the pilot can climb aboard the ship safely to navigate it into port,” he added.

The Volvo Penta IPS has been consistently shown to provide 20 percent faster speed, 30 percent lower fuel consumption, and 15 percent faster acceleration when compared to a traditional inboard shaft system. It also reduces noise and vibration levels onboard by 50 percent.

Peter Duclos, president of Gladding-Hearn, pointed out another benefit of designing a boat with the Volvo Penta IPS. “With IPS, the propellers and drive components are close-coupled to the engines, enabling us to move the deckhouse further aft. This gives a larger foredeck and more enclosed space. It also provides easier access to the machinery through a deck hatch behind the wheelhouse.”

Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, which has its U.S. headquarters in Chesapeake, Virginia, observed, “Maritime pilots and crew need a propulsion solution that is as tough as the job they do and IPS has earned the designation of being the go-to source among pilot associations across the country. We believe this traction will continue as more partners such as the Virginia Pilots Association realize the benefits our total offering can provide.”

“We are seeing increasing demand for IPS in new vessel orders from pilot associations around the world,” said Duclos. “It is a truly transformative technology which we believe will rapidly become the de facto standard in pilot launch propulsion in the future.”

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sa2fdh1bvjeexd9/AADl_h3ERFkBosp6fIGEqoP5a?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

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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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HUMPHREE PROVIDES STABILIZATION SYSTEM FOR NEW VIRGINIA PILOTS BOAT

September 4, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sept. 4, 2018 – The new Virginia Pilots Association boat is equipped with an advanced interceptor system from Humphree USA to stabilize the boat and provide a smooth ride for the crew and passengers.

The 55-ft. Chesapeake-class pilot launch, christened Hampton Roads, was designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, and was delivered to the Virginia Pilots Association this summer.

The transom-mounted Humphree electric-powered interceptors deploy retractable blades that adjust automatically to create lift that counteracts the vessel’s roll and pitch motions. The fast response times of the interceptor blades ensure a smooth stable ride, which results in better maneuverability and improved fuel efficiency. The boat uses Humphree’s active trim, list and turn controls to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption.

Pilot boats are a growing market for Humphree’s stabilization products, according to Sean Berrie, CEO of Humphree USA. “We provide a field-proven, fully automatic solution to ensure comfort and safety and also to optimize performance and achieve significant gains in fuel efficiency.”

“We are installing Humphree interceptors as standard fit on most of our new Chesapeake-class pilot boats in response to demand from customers,” said Peter Duclos, president of Gladding-Hearn. “They are far superior to traditional trim tabs, and the electric-powered interceptors do not require high-maintenance hydraulics.”

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About Humphree USA
Humphree was established in 2002 and is a leading manufacturer of interceptors, fins and automatic trim, list and stabilization controls for recreational and commercial marine vessels. The parent company is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Humphree USA is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is responsible for sales and service in the Americas.

Media Contacts:

Sean Berrie
Humphree USA
sean.berrie@humphree.com
+1 757 374 9435

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com
+1 757 451 0602

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Danelec Marine Announces Extended Warranty for Older Voyage Data Recorders

September 4, 2018

(Birkeroed, Denmark – Sept. 4, 2018) – Danelec Marine has announced a new extended warranty program for older models of VDRs and S-VDRs.

The new warranty program covers Danelec DM300 S-VDRs and DM500 VDRs, which ceased production in 2007, and provides a pathway to extend the lifetime of these products.

Many DM300 and DM500 products are more than 15 years old, and the likelihood of failure of main parts such as the capsule or the data processing is increasing, according to a statement issued by the company. The extended warranty will ensure ships will remain compliant with IMO carriage requirements. One-, three- and five-year warranty packages are available.

Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine, observed that it is unusual for manufacturers to support products more than 10 years after manufacturing ceases. “This extended warranty program is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to full life-cycle support for all of our products. It gives ship owners and managers a low-cost way to protect their assets and investment.”

Danelec Marine will showcase its VDR, ECDIS and ship IoT solutions on Stand B6 529 at SMM 2018.

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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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ELCOME INTERNATIONAL IS TRANSFORMING FIELD SERVICE WITH NEW HIGH-TECH TOOLS

September 4, 2018

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Sept. 3, 2018 – Elcome International has a vision for the future of ship service management, and it involves a combination of automation, analytics, artificial intelligence, Big Data and sophisticated gadgets never before seen in the marine service industry.

The Dubai-based ship service specialist, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, has unveiled its new field service management system, which harnesses disruptive technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), holographic computing, cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative databases and knowledge-based software tools.

“The new Elcome Onboard 365 field service platform will create a paradigm shift in the maritime industry,” said Jimmy Grewal, Elcome’s executive director. “This revolutionary suite of service management tools will provide greater transparency, improve efficiency, reduce errors, speed up repairs, lower operational costs and minimize downtime to a degree never before possible in this industry.”

“The result is a seamless end-to-end experience for Elcome’s service organization, engineers, shipping companies and OEM partners,” he added. “We believe these tools will enable us to achieve a near-perfect first-time fix rate, improving on our current industry-leading 96 percent score.”

The new platform was developed for Elcome by Hitachi Solutions and built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 software, integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens wearable mixed reality technology. The comprehensive software solution uses cloud-based interconnectivity to automate and streamline all facets of managing service, including initial service request, scheduling the service call, assigning the most appropriate service engineer for specific job, ensuring the proper service kit with the right spares and tools, performing and documenting the repairs, logging manhours, testing, recertifying and following up.

As part of the implementation of the new service program, Elcome is digitizing its massive service files containing hundreds of thousands of job reports dating back nearly 20 years, roughly reflecting an average lifespan of a ship and most equipment onboard. This is being used to construct an easily accessible searchable library using Big Data and AI tools that will provide insights into many types of equipment failures, repetitions, fault symptoms and remedies.

According to Grewal, the Microsoft HoloLens technology brings a totally new dimension to field service. A combination of virtual reality and holographic computing, the HoloLens headset gives the service engineer hands-free access to vital data, including equipment history, diagnostics, schematic drawings, technical manuals and even remote face-to-face consultations with experts, all superimposed holographically in a 1:1 image over the real-world view. The built-in camera can also be used to document the repair and record the repair work in the job report.

“We plan to deploy the HoloLens headsets to all service engineers as part of their standard kit,” said Grewal. “We will also make them available to ships covered by Elcome annual service plans. This will enable the ship’s crew to communicate with Elcome’s service center to diagnose the problem, so our technicians can help the crew to troubleshoot it before sending a service engineer onboard and to prepare the service kit of parts and tools tailored for the job before boarding the ship.”

“Elcome’s digital transformation journey was accelerated by choosing Microsoft D365 as it became a key differentiator to modernize and thereby take leadership in its space. Hitachi Solutions India complimented by ensuring speedy implementation while bringing rich experience to the table to aid the implementation. We collaborated with Elcome to identify the key business areas of improvisation and digitization. This enabled inter-department communication and easy access to information for Field Service and Sales teams. The quick user adoption made this initiative successful and was a great experience working with Elcome,” said Sayee Bhuvaneswari, Senior Vice President – Hitachi Solutions India.

“At Microsoft we are committed to helping every individual and organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Keith Fenner, Business Applications Director, Microsoft Middle East & Africa. “Elcome International has demonstrated the power of digital transformation to engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations and reinvent products and services. By adopting Dynamics 365 and HoloLens, the company has been able to use the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge to introduce unprecedented automation and streamlining to the management of service and assets, and standardize existing systems into a coherent, agile solution.”

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About Elcome International LLC

Founded in 1969, Elcome International LLC is a diversified turnkey solutions provider of marine electronics, electrical and safety systems for the world maritime industry. With its modern 100,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Dubai, Elcome has sales and support offices in United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a subsidiary and associated companies in India. The Elcome Group (including associated companies) has over 500 employees, including over 200 factory-trained engineers and technicians. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 by DNV. Elcome is the authorized sales and service representative for many of the world’s major manufacturers of marine products and systems, and manufactures its own line of type-approved marine electrical switchboards under the ELSYS brand name. The company provides 24/7 shipboard installation, support, and flyaway service for navigation, communication, automation, and safety systems for over 800 vessels per month with a first-time fix-rate of 96 percent. Additionally, Elcome is South East Asia’s largest supplier of nautical charts and publications, both print and digital, and operates an FTA-approved training center and bridge simulator in Dubai for dynamic positioning and ECDIS courses.

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