Cathelco, a British company that specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment for ships, superyachts and offshore installations has acquired Hydro-Electrique Marine (HEM), the French desalination and water treatment systems specialist.

“The new venture will operate under the name ‘Cathelco HEM’ emphasising the strength of two well know brand names and creating a stronger presence in the water treatment market”, said Justin Salisbury, managing director of Cathelco.

This acquisition will make Cathelco one of the largest producers of shipboard water treatment systems in Europe and a stalwart of the superyacht industry water treatment market. Cathelco, having already amassed significant experience in the desalination sector as a result of its 2010 acquisition of Seafresh Desalinators, will be able to increase its maximum desalinator output from 35 tonnes per day to 150 tonnes per day with the addition of HEM equipment and expertise.

“The HEM range greatly increases the scope for desalinator sales and provides a good fit with our existing range”, continues Justin.

Within the superyacht market HEM already has a longstanding relationship with many of the top European shipyards and has contributed to a number of their most prestigious projects such as A, Air, Azzam, Eclipse, Pelorus and many more.

Ingemar Grip, co-founder of HEM will remain at the helm of the business as president, he comments, “I am very excited about this development as it will give us a wider base and bigger capacity in the supply and service of water systems to our clients. Cathelco’s excellent market place reputation and work ethic falls perfectly in line with that of HEM, so the marriage of the two companies should be a very easy process with notable benefits for our clients, both present and future, as well as for Cathelco and HEM.”

In 2014 Cathelco introduced a ballast water treatment (BWT) system based on a combination of filtration and UV technology with capacities of 32m3/hr to 1,200m3/hr, this system has now received IMO and AMS approval. “The HEM equipment is a natural extension of our product range. It enables us to provide a complete equipment package for superyacht vessels which we can support through our combined network of agents/installers”, concluded Justin.

Ingemar Grip and Justin Salisbury

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