Maritime equipment manufacturer Cathelco has acquired the French desalination and water treatment systems specialist Hydro-Electrique Marine (HEM).
With this acquisition, Cathelco is said to become one of the largest producers of shipboard water treatment systems in Europe.
Cathelco managing director Justin Salisbury said: "The new venture will operate under the name of Cathelco HEM, emphasising the strength of two well known brand names and creating a stronger presence in the water treatment market.
"The HEM range greatly increases the scope for desalinator sales and provides a good fit with our existing range."
The company entered into the desalinator market after the acquisition of Seafresh Desalinators in 2010.
Currently, Cathelco Seafresh desalinators have a maximum output of 35t per day, whereas the HEM range has outputs of up to 150t.
According to Cathelco, the company is now capable of offering treatment systems for virtually all types of seawater used on vessels, from the seawater pipework anti-fouling systems to the latest ballast water treatment (BWT) systems.
HEM primarily provides its products to smaller and medium work boats such as tugs, support vessels and personnel transfer vessels. The company is also supplying its systems to the superyacht market.
Salisbury added: "The HEM equipment is a natural extension to our product range.
"It will enable us to provide a complete equipment package for commercial vessels and superyachts, which we can support through our combined network of agent/installers."
Recently, Cathelco secured a series of orders from New Times Shipbuilding in China to deliver hull corrosion protection and seawater pipework anti-fouling systems.
Earlier, the Chinese shipyard received a contract from Norway’s Jo Tankers to build eight 33,000dwt stainless steel chemical tankers.
Image: HEM founder member Ingemar Grip and Cathelco managing director Justin Salisbury. Photo: courtesy of Cathelco Ltd.