Danelec buys MacGregor VDR business

Danish company Danelec has announced that it has acquired MacGregor’s Voyage Data Recorders business, solidifying its position in the sector and bringing its installed base to a total of 16,000.

The deal includes MacGregor’s Voyage Data Recorder business (VDR) and Maritime Data Engine (MDE) software. MacGregor is owned by Finnish company Cargotec, which acquired Interschalt Maritime Systems in 2016 and integrated the VDR and MDE portfolio from the Interschalt services business under MacGregor.

“The acquisition is an important and logical step for us. Not only are we increasing our share of installed VDR solutions worldwide, but we are also enhancing our technological capability, our know-how, and improving our position in several segments of the maritime industry,” said Casper Jensen, CEO of Danelec.

“With IMO’s ambition to make the industry carbon-neutral by 2050, we see it as necessary that the industry and its players invest in the required technological development – and here at Danelec, we are eager to lead the way and shoulder our part of the responsibility. I believe that with this acquisition, we are sending a clear signal about our commitment.”

Danelec has now grown to 130 employees spread across 11 offices following the MacGregor deal, supplemented by approximately 200 service partners and more than 700 technicians worldwide.

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