Schat-Harding Expands US Network

Schat-Harding has strengthened its US service network by purchasing Maritime Solutions Inc, a Norfolk, Virginia-based lifeboat and davit service company.

Gary Joseph, president of Schat-Harding USA, says, We have worked with Jim Lyttle and his staff at Maritime for a number of years and know the good service they can deliver. By buying the company and integrating it into our world-wide network we can help them to improve their technical skills and also improve the service to our clients at key ports up and down the East coast of the USA.

Schat-Harding has a fabrication plant, spares and service base in Louisiana, service engineers based in Miami and now with the purchase of Maritime it will have eight fully trained engineers on the East coast. The Norfolk center will have a full range of spares and will be connected to Schat-Harding's safety database SHIELD, which ensures timely servicing and delivery of spares.

As owners turn to original manufacturers for service and maintenance, Schat-Harding continues to gear up its global network to meet their needs. Today the network consist of 12 owned service stations supplemented by authorized service partners in over 20 countries, providing service facilities in over 30 countries worldwide. Globally Schat-Harding now has 320 dedicated service engineers and back-office service personnel. This is continuing to expand and these S-H service engineers are supported by over 60 trained/certified service partner technicians.

Schat-Harding is the worlds leading supplier of lifeboat and evacuation systems for the cruise, offshore and shipping industries. It aims to be a FIRST in safety for all its customers. With factories and offices in Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Canada, the Czech Republic, the USA and China, and agents in thirty other countries, Schat-Harding provides a global service and supply network. Brands now supported by Schat-Harding include Watercraft, Viking Marine, Waterman, Fiskars, Davit-Company, MASECO, Watercraft America, William Mills Marine, Schat, Harding, Mulder & Rijke and the Beiyang Boatbuilding Co.