Marine manufacturer snapped up by Danish company

A Dorset manufacturer of marine systems has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by a Danish firm.

Christchurch based Ocean Marine Systems, which was launched in 2014, has been bought by Hundested Propeller.

For over 100 years, Hundested Propeller has been a manufacturer of marine equipment and the firm supplies complete controllable pitch propulsion systems, marine gearboxes, thrusters and sail drive solutions.

The deal will increase the thruster range available to customers and OMS will continue producing its range of hydraulic cylinders and through-hull instrument deployment systems used in underwater security and seabed mapping applications.

The former owners of OMS, Daniel Wilson, Mark Barwell and Ian Crowden will continue the management in the UK in close cooperation with the Hundested organisation in Denmark.

“The ability to knowledge share between the two companies is an exciting opportunity for everyone. We have very complimentary strengths and skills,” comments Mark Barwell Sales Director for OMS.

Dan Wilson, OMS managing director, said: “There is an already a very strong synergy and good communication between Hundested Propeller and OMS.

“We are firmly convinced that through this new ownership, we can give our customers the certainty and security of supply by leveraging the infrastructure and best working practices now available to us.”

“We are impressed with all we have seen, and we are very much looking forward to uniting our resources, knowledge, competences to provide a better propulsion offering to our customers” comments Morten Madsen, chief executive of Hundested Propeller.

Hundested Propeller is part of the BSI Group of companies which includes BSI, Easy, GORI Propeller, Jefa Steering, Moonlight Portlights and Hatches, OYS and now OMS. The group manufactures specialist marine equipment for the sailing yacht and commercial marine market.

The group provide rigging, hatches, portlights, blocks, steering systems, propulsion systems, thrusters, folding propellers, hydraulic cylinders, and through-hull instrument deployment systems through a network of worldwide service agents and service centres.

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