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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

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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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.”

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z0r392xggnu27is/AABLpbpaRdUTnNxUTC8MZVQFa?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, 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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Danelec Marine Announces New ECDIS Enhancements and Type Approvals at SMM 2018

September 4, 2018

(Birkeroed, Denmark – Sept. 3, 2018) – Danelec Marine has introduced important new enhancements to its line of shipboard Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).

The new enhancements include a universal radar overlay module that allows radar images to be superimposed on the electronic chart display, and a new conning display dashboard to give a concise view of the status of all navigational subsystems and sensors. Both are now available with Danelec Marine’s DM700 and DM800 G2 ECDIS products.

The radar processing unit (RPU) can be interfaced with most current radar systems from major manufacturers. It receives the data stream from the radars and converts it into a format for overlaying on the ECDIS chart display. A single RPU can be used to feed radar images to multiple ECDIS workstations on the ship.

“The radar overlay improves navigational safety and efficiency by making it easier for the ship’s officers to identify navigational aids, shoreline and the location and movement of other ships in the area in a single integrated picture,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.

The conning display dashboard provides a concise summary of the status and performance of all connected navigation systems and sensors, such as gyrocompass heading, speed, water depth, engine RPMs, wind speed and direction, rudder angle and rate of turn.

“At a glance, the navigator has a quick view of vital navigation data on a large, easy-to-read dashboard display,” said Ottosen. “Presenting these readouts on a separate dashboard simplifies the navigator’s job by avoiding screen clutter on the main ECDIS chart display.”

“The RPU and conning display, like all of Danelec Marine’s modules are designed with Danelec Marine’s ‘future-proof’ technology for easy software updates and incorporate our exclusive SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology that dramatically reduces the time and cost required for ship service and repairs,” said Ottosen.

Danelec Marine also announced that the DM700 and DM800 G2 systems have just received type approval certificates from the U.S. Coast Guard. The type approvals signify that the products meet all applicable technical requirements, including IEC 61174 Ed. 4, IHO-52 and IHO S-64 performance standards.

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/rdwbu0im64ht34v/AACQPAx8y07DSMgWE1Ec9DF3a?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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HUMPHREE PROVIDES STABILIZATION SYSTEM FOR NEW BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH VESSEL

August 27, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Aug. 27, 2018 – Passengers and crew on Acadia Explorer, the new passenger boat just commissioned by Bar Harbor Whale Watching Co. in Maine, will experience a smooth and stable ride, thanks to interceptors and Active Ride Control supplied by Humphree USA.

Acadia Explorer is a 98-ft. catamaran that carries up to 149 passengers. The boat was designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gulf Craft in Franklin, Louisiana. It will be used as a passenger tender for visiting cruise ships and also for lighthouse and nature tours.

The new catamaran is equipped with two Humphree H800 and two Humphree H1250 electric-powered interceptors. The interceptor blades adjust automatically to create lift that counteracts roll and pitch motions. The Humphree Active Ride Control is a highly sophisticated digital system that uses inputs from GPS, gyro and accelerometers to measure 3D rates of turn and acceleration. In addition to stabilizing for roll and pitch, Active Ride Control automatically optimizes the boat’s trim and list angles and adjusts the heeling angle during turns for better maneuverability and passenger comfort.

“Passenger comfort is a number one priority for our new tour boat operating on the Maine coast, where strong winds and currents are often encountered,” said Matt Ketchen, vessel operations manager, port manager/port engineering, Bar Harbor Whale Watching Co. “The Humphree interceptor system eliminates seasickness and discomfort, regardless of sea and wind conditions. The automatic tilt, list and turn control functions also improve performance and reduce fuel consumption.”

Passenger ferries and excursion 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 passenger comfort and safety and also to optimize performance and achieve significant gains in fuel efficiency. Gulf Craft has specified our interceptors and Active Ride Control on many of its catamaran and monohull newbuilds, including the recently delivered catamaran ferry for Sea Streak, running between New Jersey and New York City.”

Download high-resolution image at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cja03ie12d3dwk8/AADOnyM8PfXKr1f6mbdqLuWHa?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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HUMPHREE USA MAKES KEY PERSONNEL ADDITIONS

August 22, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Aug. 22, 2018 – Humphree USA has named Brett Marshall Director of Technical Sales and George Lewis Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

Sean Berrie, CEO of Humphree USA, commented that these appointments will strengthen and expand the company’s sales and service capability for Humphree’s marine stabilization systems in the rapidly growing North American market.

Marshall is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with new and existing customers and provides technical support for builders, dealers and end users. He previously served as Business Development Manager for Mack Boring and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Luhrs Marine Group. In that role he was instrumental in developing the growth of the Luhrs boat brands worldwide, including Latin America, Asia/Pacific, South Africa and Europe. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

Prior to joining Humphree, Lewis was a tenured naval architect at Sea Ray, focused on naval and propulsion systems as well as overall vessel design and construction. He was the lead engineer on many of Sea Ray’s designs and has co-authored a number of patents with his colleagues at Sea Ray. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from Virginia Tech and a certificate from the Landing School of Yacht Design. He is based in Jupiter, Florida.

High-resolution images may be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zrqwelw4v6fwuq6/AAAU7HvuUQ4BWyM8JA5WgRfVa?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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