Orolia and Netwave Systems merges voyage data and safety products

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

05 April 2017


Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, has entered an agreement to acquire Netwave Systems, a Netherlands-based company located in Zoetermeer. Netwave is a global leader in Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for the global maritime market, and is at the forefront of automated vessel monitoring and integrated safety services. The terms of the deal are not disclosed. Netwave's location, near the port of Rotterdam, one of the world's busiest maritime hubs, cements McMurdo's reach into the commercial marine sector. Netwave has been leading in the Voyage Data Recorder market since its first product introduction in 2006 and the acquisition of Rutter's VDR business in 2011. Together, Netwave and McMurdo, will work to enhance and integrate onboard safety equipment, to simplify installations, lower through life support costs, and provide new and advanced tools for global vessel operations that can be tailored for a variety of vessel types, both in newbuilding and retrofit. "The agreement to acquire Netwave further advances our goal of being a global leader in maritime safety and PNT solutions. The combination of Netwave's advanced VDR solution, with McMurdo's globally recognized safety beacons, GMDSS shipsets, and AIS equipment, puts us in a unique position in the safety electronics segment," said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. Courtois added: "Furthermore, our portfolio of Resilient PNT technologies, including unique GNSS interference detection and mitigation abilities, will allow us to advance GNSS-based navigation safety and robustness to new levels. We also anticipate great synergies between the Netwave SeaWise application for automation, analysis and monitoring of ship conditions, and our own fleet management applications. We are on the cusp of bringing major advances to the world of maritime logistics, operations and safety."