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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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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

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.

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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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.”

High-resolution images may be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sa2fdh1bvjeexd9/AADl_h3ERFkBosp6fIGEqoP5a?dl=0.

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.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0o8xk7xvapky30f/AADYKXUc4jo9g1zd6ZzK4DRIa?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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