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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 and NAPA Partner to Offer Complete End-to-End Internet of Things Cloud Solution

March 6, 2018

Collaboration Removes Need for Costly Custom Interfaces, Allowing Wider Access to Valuable Performance Data and Analytics

(Birkeroed, Denmark – March 6, 2018) – Danelec Marine, the manufacturer of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), ECDIS and ship-to-shore data solutions, has teamed up with global maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA to deliver a complete cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution for ship performance analysis and optimization.

The new shipping IoT package combines Danelec’s efficient, low-cost shipboard data collection and data transfer platform with NAPA’s advanced analytics and optimization tools. The integration with DanelecConnect allows NAPA to offer its shipping customers a comprehensive turnkey IoT package encompassing numerous elements from onboard data collection to actionable ship and fleet performance analysis.

Danelec’s second-generation DanelecConnect platform, which was launched last year, makes it easy for NAPA to capture data from shipboard sensors to use in their cloud-based applications thanks to the inclusion of an application programming interface (API) tool.

“This partnership with Danelec Marine eliminates one of the biggest barriers to delivering a true integrated IoT experience to ship owners, operators and charterers,” said Pekka Pakkanen, Director, Development, NAPA Shipping Solutions.

“Until now, accessing timely data from ships at sea has been challenging, typically requiring bespoke shipboard data collection and processing networks with connections to hundreds of data points. Often this involves custom interfaces with older legacy equipment or slow and sometimes unreliable manual data entry by ships’ personnel. This has been manageable for some big companies, but on chartered vessels, for example, the initial investment has often been too high. DanelecConnect’s universal data interface and wide service network solve these problems, enabling visibility into ships’ performance parameters from shore at a far lower cost. With this solution, we can add value with high-quality analytics and optimization for a much wider range of vessels, including time chartered vessels.”

DanelecConnect uses a small electronic remote server that connects with the ship’s VDR and other data sources. It collects and processes the desired datasets for transmission via satellite to Danelec’s cloud-based server ashore. NAPA pulls this data from DanelecConnect into its NAPA Office and NAPA Ship Performance Analytics platforms. These platforms offer a wide range of business intelligence and fleet optimization services for shipping companies; including machinery monitoring, fuel efficiency and hull condition analysis. This allows users to set key performance indicators and benchmarks, and use statistical modeling to predict performance.

“Our automatic data collection package is a technology spinoff from our VDR business,” said Danelec Marine CEO, Hans Ottosen. “As one of the largest suppliers of marine VDRs, we have many years of experience in interfacing with all types of data sources on ships. We’re now applying that accumulated expertise to the problem of capturing data and making it available to the maritime cloud-based specialists like NAPA, so they can focus on what they do best – providing ship operators, charterers and other maritime stakeholders with crucial data for better decision making ashore.”

“Another barrier in the past has been the high cost of ship-to-shore communications. To that end, we have designed our onboard interface to transmit data efficiently and inexpensively through narrowband satellite channels,” Ottosen said. “We can send hundreds or even thousands of accurate data samples per sensor through satellites for as little as $1 USD per day in total satellite airtime costs.”

“In addition, our worldwide network of more than 600 certified service technicians, in more than 50 countries covering all the main seaports in the world, removes another worry for software service providers by maximizing uptime and minimizing service interruptions or delays,” Ottosen added.

Ottosen noted that IoT is growing at a head-spinning pace worldwide. 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. While other industry sectors around the world are embracing IoT solutions as a central part of their business, the maritime market has lagged behind. By bringing together the shipboard and shoreside components in a cost-effective integrated cloud-based package, the shipping industry can now become part of the IoT revolution with far-reaching benefits across all aspects of ships, shipping and the logistics value chain of which they are a part.

The first joint NAPA/Danelec Marine IoT solution has undergone successful sea trials on a vessel, with further installations scheduled in 2018, according to the two companies.

NAPA and Danelec Marine will present the ship IoT solution at a conference sponsored by Radio Holland at the APM 2018 Exhibition in Singapore, March 14-16, 2018.

About NAPA | In its nearly 30 years of operation, NAPA has become a global leader in software, services and data analysis for the maritime industry; providing best in class data-led solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations. NAPA operates globally, with 11 offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. To date, NAPA has nearly 400 user organizations for its design solutions and over 2,500 installations onboard vessels. For more information, visit www.napa.fi.

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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AST&Science Announces Majority Investment in NanoAvionics

March 6, 2018

MIAMI – March 6, 2018 – AST&Science today announced that it has closed on the purchase of a controlling interest in the European satellite manufacturer and system integrator NanoAvionics.

All the key executives and management team of NanoAvionics will remain unchanged under the leadership of CEO Vytenis Buzas and CCO Linas Sargautis, both founders of the company. Abel Avellan, chairman and CEO of AST&Science, will become chairman of the board of NanoAvionics.

NanoAvionics is a satellite platform manufacturer and mission integrator for satellites weighing less than 50 kg (110.2 lbs). Its flagship multi-purpose M6P is the first preconfigured nano-satellite platform in the sector, designed to serve emerging commercial space markets. The company’s efforts are focused on enabling critical satellite functions and optimizing their launch, hardware and operating costs – ranging from single missions to constellations. Its core engineering team has implemented over 40 successful satellite missions during the past several years.

Avellan said: “NanoAvionics’ existing programs with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, its track-record of successful satellite deployments, proprietary technologies for navigation and propulsion, and the abundant technical knowhow and vibrant energy throughout their company were key decision factors in our investment.”

According to Avellan, the investment into NanoAvionics will be used to expand its manufacturing capabilities both in Europe and the United States.

“NanoAvionics has made a huge leap in small satellite technologies during the past few years. The capital infusion, along with the involvement of the broadly experienced AST&Science management team, will be a significant contributing factor in entering the U.S. market and successful further commercialization of our products. Our combined venture will be focused on a goal to become a go-to company for manufacturing and launching small satellite constellations for businesses worldwide,” said Buzas.

In June 2017, NanoAvionics launched its second satellite under the European Commission’s QB50 project dedicated to atmospheric research. In addition to the scientific study, the satellite performed an important validation of an innovative green chemical propulsion system for small satellites developed by NanoAvionics. It was the first liquid chemical propulsion propelled nano-spacecraft in the history of the space-tech industry.

About AST&Science

AST&Science was founded by satellite-industry pioneer, entrepreneur and inventor Abel Avellan, a 25-year veteran in the global satellite communications sector and the founder & CEO of EMC until the sale to GEE for $550M in 2016.

For more information on AST&Science, please visit www.ast-science.com. For more information on NanoAvionics, please visit https://n-avionics.com.

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1. NanoAvionics M6P-6U Satellite
2. NanoAvionics engineers in testing facilities

Download high-resolution images at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0zsrgyuk9p0hii7/AABNWEQNSaX3NP_Yn8L4kzoKa?dl=0.

Press Contacts:

Andrea Moya
AST&Science
+1 305-913-7106
amoya@ast-science.com

Vaida Karaliunaite
NanoAvionics
+370 675-71730
vaida@n-avionics.com

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

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ELCOME SUBSIDIARY NAMED UKHO ADMIRALTY DISTRIBUTOR IN SRI LANKA

February 20, 2018

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Feb. 20, 2018 – Elcome International has announced that its subsidiary, International Marine Services (Pvt) Ltd, has been named an official non-exclusive distributor for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) ADMIRALTY paper and digital products in Sri Lanka.

The UKHO distribution agreement signifies that the Colombo-based office meets the same UKHO quality and audit requirements as Elcome’s headquarters in Dubai.

“Elcome is the oldest and most respected ADMIRALTY agent in the Arabian Gulf region,” said Konstiantyn Matvieiev, Senior Manager of Charts and Publications at Elcome International. “In recent years, we have been supporting our Colombo office in Sri Lanka as a reseller; but as a result of this new distribution agreement with UKHO, International Marine Services now has a large stock of nautical publications, log books, flags and safety signs for speedy delivery anywhere in Sri Lanka with faster availability and competitive pricing.”

Elcome and International Marine Services are the only companies in the region actively participating in the Charts and Nautical Instruments Trade Association (CNITA), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. Being full members of CNITA ensures compliance with the highest standards, quality and fair competition.

“We have invested in training, equipment and inventory for our Sri Lanka office, including installation of print-on-demand technology for paper charts meeting the highest UKHO standards,” said Matvieiev.

International Marine Services became a wholly owned subsidiary of Elcome in 2015. Located next to the Port of Colombo, the company provides supply and support services for a wide range of commercial marine and military projects.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s1bj99n6mphoxfy/AAC_yZHiWZ_2jlxvsF2A_Ilra?dl=0.

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, Qatar, 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.

Press Contacts:

Dani Gorgon
Elcome International LLC
+971 (0) 4 8121333
dani.gorgon@elcome.com

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

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Volvo Penta Earns 15th Consecutive NMMA Award for Customer Satisfaction

February 16, 2018

Only Marine Sterndrive Manufacturer to Receive 15 CSI Awards in a Row

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Feb. 16, 2018 – Volvo Penta was honored today with an annual Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for its marine sterndrive systems.

Volvo Penta is the only marine sterndrive manufacturer to win a CSI award for 15 years in a row.

The marine industry CSI award signifies that the Volvo Penta sterndrives achieved and maintained a standard of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction. It was based on surveys of customers who purchased a new boat or engine during the period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017.

“We are especially grateful for the efforts of our boatbuilder and dealer partners who played a big role in this unprecedented 15th consecutive CSI award,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Our next-generation gasoline engines together with the award-winning Forward Drive and Easy Drain innovations, have won accolades for their strong performance, fuel efficiency, and proven reliability, and all are backed by our comprehensive warranty programs. Our dealers are on the front line when it comes to customer satisfaction, and this year we expanded our technical training for them to stay up-to-date on new technologies, such as the recently launched Easy Connect app. The bottom line is a better boating experience and more people enjoying their time on the water.”

The CSI awards, presented at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 16, honor boat and engine manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve their customers.

Visit our show site at: http://volvopentaboatshow.com/.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x875jyybbytps88/AAAydYR8pzX1Rb_WZUtJY5gaa?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 boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises 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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Volvo Penta to Introduce New Connectivity App at Miami International Boat Show

February 14, 2018

Easy Connect Shows Engine, Boat and Route Data on Mobile Phones and Tablets

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Feb. 14, 2018 – Volvo Penta’s Easy Connect mobile app will make its North American debut at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. The new Easy Connect interface and app allows boat owners to view boat, engine and route data right on their mobile devices, both onboard and at home.

When used onboard, Easy Connect gives a convenient concise dashboard display to view real-time boat and engine data, complementing the displays at the helm station. When away from the boat, it provides an easy way to recapture stored routes and data from previous trips. With the app’s map function, you can share your boating experience with friends via social media. In the event of a problem, Easy Connect makes it easy to provide engine data and troubleshooting codes to the dealer. You can even store your dealer’s contact information for instant access within the app in case you need it.

“Connectivity is becoming more and more important in today’s boating industry,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “From our discussions with boat owners and dealers we know today’s consumers want the convenience and functions that smart technology offers in a seamless way. They’re accustomed to being connected with their homes, their cars, their offices and their friends and family any time and place, and they expect the same when it comes to their boating experience.”

“Easy Connect is the next logical step in our philosophy of Easy Boating, built around fully integrated smart systems from helm to prop and beyond,” Huibers added. “We’re totally committed to bringing to market innovative solutions that will make it easier for people to enjoy the unique boating lifestyle.”

The intuitive dashboard-style screens can be personalized to each user’s preferences. There are two basic operating modes. In the Captain’s View, you’ll have access to data such as route, engine speed, coolant temperature, fuel tank levels, battery status, engine hours, oil pressure and alarms. In the Home View mode, you can access information stored from previous journeys, including maps and routes. The stored data makes it easy to relive your experiences and plan ahead when you want to revisit a location, with data such as routes, distances, driving times, fuel levels and engine hours.

All that’s needed to get started is to connect the Bluetooth® interface to the boat’s engine and download the free mobile app to one or more smart devices.

Easy Connect works seamlessly with all new and installed Volvo Penta EVC gasoline and diesel engines from 2003 onwards, and also with older non-EVC gasoline engines since 2006. The Easy Connect interface also includes NMEA 2000 functionality, enabling it to connect with other NMEA communications networks on the boat. In addition, it can be used to convert engine data into NMEA 2000-compatible chart plotters and multi-function displays.

“While Easy Connect is a great interface for new boats, it’s also been designed to provide an affordable way to give many of our existing customers with older engines the advantages that a digital platform can offer,” said Huibers. “It’s an easy upgrade for the many thousands of Aquamatic sterndrives and diesel engines still in service.”

The free Easy Connect app is now available for iOS 10 or later devices, and an Android version will be launched in the coming months. The Bluetooth interface is available directly from an authorized Volvo Penta dealership.

Volvo Penta’s latest innovations in gasoline and diesel propulsion, including Easy Connect, will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show in Booth F272. Attendees can also experience the new app for themselves during in-water demos aboard Volvo Penta-powered boats, located at Dock Slips 125-130.

Learn more at http://www.volvopenta.us/marineleisure/en-us/for-owners/parts/accessories/easyconnect.html.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dwpn6onnyrlpkfy/AADRE8Wv_2YCO2cIcaf98J-ma?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 boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises 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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Torqeedo Presents New Electric Boating Products at 2018 Miami International Boat Show

February 13, 2018

Marine Electric Mobility Market Leader to Showcase Full Range of Products and In-Water Demos of Electric-Powered Boats

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Feb. 13, 2018 – Torqeedo will highlight its latest product developments, including new high-power lithium battery solutions, and a broad selection of electric boats at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.

Torqeedo’s new Power 48-5000 lithium battery is designed to power electric motors up to 10 kW and also all electrical loads on the boat. The 48V battery offers an unbeatable combination of longer service life and an eight-year capacity warranty.

“Our new high-tech 48V lithium battery sets a new standard for energy density and safety on the water and essentially makes the use of AGMs or gel batteries for electric mobility obsolete,” said Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin.

Torqeedo is also now integrating BMW’s i8 high-power automotive batteries, marinized for the boating environment, into its award-winning Deep Blue 40 and 80hp propulsion systems.

“With the BMW i8, boats with limited space can utilize state-of-the-art automotive battery technology and the highest energy density available in the marine market,” said Ballin.

“Electric mobility solutions are rapidly gaining widespread acceptance in the boating market, driven by rising consumer demand for sustainable products and solutions,” said Ballin. “Offering sustainable products that deliver a superior value over conventional combustion engines has always been at the core of Torqeedo’s business strategy. We are continuing this tradition in 2018.”

These new innovations, along with the full range of Torqeedo’s electric boating products, can be seen at Booth 521 in Tent F at the Miami show. In addition, Torqeedo will have three electric boats – a Volt 18 with an 80hp Deep Blue outboard and a Bruce 22 with an 8hp Cruise outboard, both built by Canadian Electric Boat Company, and a Highfield RIB with a 20hp Cruise outboard – on display at Docks 205-206. The in-water presentation is part of the first-ever “Solar Electric Power Zone,” sponsored by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and will include live demonstrations of the new floating Solar Micro Grid Dock from PowerDocks.

The Miami International Boat Show was also chosen for the U.S. premiere of the Avon eJET Concept, a fully electric luxury jet tender equipped with an 80hp Deep Blue motor with high-capacity batteries by BMW i. The tender has received international acclaim since its debut at Cannes, and may be viewed at the Avon booth C217. See the YouTube video here: http://bit.ly/2EuVR3q.

About Torqeedo
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines. 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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