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Marine Data Solutions showcases maritime technologies at African Ports Evolution 2015

From left to right: Steve Nell, Managing Director Marine Data Solutions (MDSOL) and Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD) with Eddy Elschot, General Manager Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD.) From left to right: Steve Nell, Managing Director Marine Data Solutions (MDSOL) and Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD) with Eddy Elschot, General Manager Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD.)

Marine Data Solutions (MDSol) is a Cape Town-based, ‘proudly African’ company specialising in world-leading maritime surveillance technologies, services and solutions. Founded in 2004, the company has the largest installed base of Marine Domain Awareness (MDA) technologies on the African continent, and is excited at the opportunity to showcase its technology capabilities at this year’s African Ports Evolution (APE) in Durban.

Under the dynamic, entrepreneurial leadership of Steve Nell, MDSol has built up a strong customer base among South African and African maritime authorities and related industries. This dynamic, ‘young-at-heart’ organisation has seen consistent growth since its inception, and a number of acquisitions have served to augment its customer offering and value proposition.

“Our vision at MDSol is to provide an increasingly holistic solution to our customers, ensuring that our service offering meets the requirements of our customers in the long term. We have made it company practice to listen carefully to our customers and find new ways of adding value,” says Nell, Managing Director of MDSol.

The company has just made its most recent acquisition in October 2015, acquiring a majority shareholding in Marine Radio Acoustic Devices (MRAD,) a well-established provider of world class on-board electronic equipment for the maritime and fisheries industries. Leveraging the key synergies between the two companies, MDSol and MRAD have worked together on a number of projects over the past couple of years.

“This acquisition has been in the pipeline for more than two years, and is an exciting step forward for both companies,” says Eddy Elschot, General Manager of MRAD. “We have established an extremely good relationship with MDSol and are looking forward to combining our respective fields of expertise to bring our mutual customer basegreater levels of service, technology and product support.”

Nell adds, “As specialists in shore-based marine technologies, we are very pleased to be joining forces with such a well-established provider of on-board systems. It means that we will be able a wider-ranging maritime technology solution to our mutual customers; and our shared approach to service - and a firm commitment to excellence - forms a strong foundation for the future growth of both companies.”

MDSol has a strong presence in the maritime sector, with over 65 installations both in South Africa and along the African coastline. Its range of globally-proven technology solutions includes Vessel Traffic Management and Information Systems (VTMIS,) ports and coastal surveillance systems, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS,) Aids to Navigation (ATON,) among others.

“MDSol is committed to building integrated technology platforms to create an increasingly accurate picture of the marine domain. It is about gathering customer-specific and relevant intelligence, with the overarching vision of creating new levels of safety and efficiency in the maritime sector. African Ports Evolution 2015 is an invaluable forum to share our vision with likeminded individuals and organisations,” Nell concludes. 

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