Finnish water treatment specialist Evac is to acquire UK-based Cathelco, which makes the Evolution ballast water management system (BWMS).
Cathelco Group managing director Justin Salisbury told MP today (4 June), that Evac’s acquisition “provides a springboard for the development and sales of our BWMS, particularly as we are nearing USCG type-approval having completed the testing stages of the programme.”
Evac group chief executive and president Tomi Gardemeister shared that optimism, telling Marine Propulsion that the company plans to start “active sales to both Evac and Cathelco customers and to be a noticeable player in this field in five years’ time.” In a statement last week (31 May), Mr Gardemeister said demand for BWMSs “is growing rapidly”.
Mr Salisbury believes that their combined operations “will have a much larger commercial footprint” than Cathelco currently has, particularly in the cruise market, he told Marine Propulsion, “where Evac is well established as a supplier of both dry and waste water systems.”
Mr Gardemeister agreed, saying that ballast water management systems form “an excellent addition to our Evac Complete Cleantech Solution offering as the systems widens our water management offering.” Evac’s statement last week noted that, as well as its new interest in BWMSs, the acquisition will extend its offering in two other main areas: pipework anti-fouling systems and hull corrosion protection systems.
This currently includes vacuum collection, wastewater treatment and dry and wet waste management systems and fresh water generation systems, for ships of all types and sizes. “From the customer’s perspective, it means they will have one point of contact for a range of equipment,” Mr Salisbury said.
Evac and Cathelco already serve both the marine and offshore sectors, including shipowners, shipyards, fleet managers, rig owners and operators, oil companies, navies and designers. Evac additionally has customers in the building industry.