Fleet management software and computer-based training could be offered together for shipowners and managers after an acquisition in the maritime digitalisation sector.
Onboard training provider Seagull Maritime has purchased software company Tero Marine to form a Norwegian supergroup in maritime digital solutions.
This brings together Seagull’s computer-based training programs and seafarer competence assessment products with Tero Marine’s suite of fleet management software.
This includes the company’s flagship TM Master tool for asset management, planned maintenance and business intelligence.
Seagull provides competence management solutions and e-learning material for seafarers worldwide. It delivers comprehensive libraries of training and onboard courses for regulatory compliance and improved seafarer knowledge. It launched a new series of electronic distance learning courses in April 2019 for seafarers, with simplified methods for completing education diplomas.
Seagull chief executive Roger Ringstad said there would be no organisational changes, allowing Tero Marine to continue as a separate company. “The management and employees in Tero Marine are doing a great job in developing products for the maritime industry,” he said. “We believe the company has a great future.”
Tero Marine chief executive Jarle Holmelid said Seagull’s position in the maritime sector will assist his team to penetrate the market more effectively.
“We believe the market knowledge and financial strength of Seagull will help fulfil Tero Marine’s high ambitions,” he said, while hinting that there would be combination of solutions. “It will create value for our customers and employees.”
This could mean future offerings from both companies are likely to combine both fleet management software, e-learning and seafarer assurance programs.
There have been several mergers between Norwegian companies in the maritime digitalisation sector, all covered by Maritime Digitalisation & Communications. The most recent, in February 2019, was Embron Group combining its two subsidiaries Hatteland Display and Elektronix into one solutions group that manufactures maritime displays and computers.
In July 2018, Navico acquired C-Map and its electronic navigational chart distribution services to combine with electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, generating a strong group in marine electronics.
In 2017, Marlink, supplier of maritime satellite communications, acquired Palantir and its remote IT monitoring and diagnostics technology to combine these offerings.