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Wonderful Relationships at FIREX 2017

CEO Addresses the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network Conference in London – June 2017

Our CEO spoke to the Delegates this afternoon in London highlighting the need for British and ISO Standards to be implemented at the highest standard and bringing awareness for Fire Engineers to constantly monitor Gaseous Contents and Room Integrity in tandem with each other in safety critical infrastructure where they are installed. We are grateful to the TBFSN President, Mr Russ Timpson.

Exhibiting at FIREX 2017 in London – June 2017

Congratulations to Clare, Head of Marketing & Communications, for a splendid presence at FIREX and pictured with Mr Paul Pope and Mr Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, at the Apollo Reception last night and prior to meetings with UL. This year we are featuring our Portascanner™ 520 Room Integrity leak detector and our UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX liquid level indicator. We look forward to our CEO addressing the Tall Buildings Conference joining the FIA Panel Discussion as a Guest Speaker.

Check out the new page for Portascanner® 520 & learn how to improve your Room Integrity leak testing today! (more info coming soon)

Chinese Partner, David Cao, gives demonstration to Telecoms company – June 2017

COMPIT REVIEW - Naval Architect - Cradle of Innovation - by Nick Danese - June 2017

Ship design and ship operations continue to be bolstered by new, technologically empowered approaches. Nick Danese, NDAR, presents highlights from COMPIT 2017, a conference dedicated to the latest leaps and bounds in maritime technology.

Day 2 – SENSING A CHANGE Coltraco Ultrasonics’ CEO, Carl Hunter, began day two discussing how inadequate fire regulation and onboard fire-fighting systems have become in an age of difficult to reach cargo and ill-maintained gas and water delivery lines. He particularly focussed on how onboard sensors can aid a vessel’s fire safety.

London Tower Block Fire –June 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives, are injured and any way affected by the West London Grenfell tower block fire.

Our CEO with Honorary Doctor of Science from Durham University - feels privileged to speak at Hatfield College - 14 June 2017

Committed to the USA: another great NFPA Show – June 2017

Our Director of Sales Mr George Hunter continues to cement Coltraco’s commitment to the American market with his 4th trip to the USA this year. Having enjoyed the series of 3 NAFED shows, George was in Boston for the NFPA Conference & Expo. Keen to meet our USA Fire Safety Partner or Marine Partner? Get to know a local distributor near you? Get in touch to be introduced.

CEO Elected Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute is based in London and is an international non-governmental organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) representing maritime professionals involved in the command and control of ships. Our CEO is most grateful to the Council for his election.

Speaking at Marine Maintenance Expo 2017 Holland

Karen spoke about the need to monitor ships CO2 systems in compliance with the IMO SLAS FSS Code at the conference today.

Nautical Institute London Branch

Our CEO attended a meeting of the London Branch last night with Captain Christopher Gibbs held aboard the HQS Wellington, the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

London

Our thoughts are with the lost and the injured and their families. London keeps calm and carries on as we always will. 800 years of our Parliament too this week as we enter our General Election.

Award shortlisting announced at Nor-Shipping 2017! IHS Markit Fairplay Safety At Sea - Best Safety Product of the Year.

Coltraco Ultrasonics with Portalevel MAX Marine + Portasteele Calculator for fire safety at sea. Other shortlisters: @nordicwi @saferports @rutter_inc @Spinlock_HQ @VIKINGsafety

Karen at Fire Australia 2017 in Sydney

With our thanks to our friends and customers in Australia as we successfully launch Portascanner™ 520 to test the room integrity of the vital spaces into which gaseous fire systems discharge and Portalevel™ MINI to test the cylinder contents of CO2, FM-200 & NOVEC 1230.

CEO Joins International Leaders in London

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our CEO, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, to the Advisory Board of International Leaders. Carl says, “I am honoured to support David Seaton and my fellow Leaders to help inspire leading companies achieve ever-greater success through the provision of knowledge, networks, and capital to help companies achieve sustainable growth and I look forward to contributing to them.” There are 1.4m SME’s in the United Kingdom.

Exhibiting at Nor Shipping 2017 in Oslo

Karen and Clare are exhibiting in the UK Pavilion at Stand CO3-02d this week in Oslo. Showcasing our latest developments in watertight integrity testing and our new Engine Room Firecheck package of products designed to monitor the fire systems and Protected Spaces on-board Gas Carriers, Bulk Carriers, Cruise and Ro-Ro Vessels, Offshore Oil & Gas Platforms and Naval vessels. We thank the British Ambassador for hosting us the Reception at the Residence in Oslo.

British Brazilian Awards

We strongly support the Department for International Trade, wish to increase our trade with Brazil and were pleased to attend the British Brazilian awards in London last week.

Shortlisted for Seatrade Awards 2017 – Safety

June Exhibitions

Manchester 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester. We celebrate the world’s first city of the Industrial Revolution through to the birthplace of the world’s first computer. We celebrate the city which took it upon itself to build the Manchester Ship Canal. To a city founded on its English and Irish, its Protestant and Catholic traditions and which made its football teams. Today a city that embraces its Pakistani and Indian communities too. Our first city which unites Health and Social Care. From Joy Division to Oasis its music and arts lead the world and today we share its grief and celebrate its future. United it stands for and united we are with this our great city.

Managing Risk & Resilience – from Buildings to Rail Systems

We are at the forefront of developing technologies to monitor automatic fire extinguishing systems in tall buildings, metro and rail systems and the room integrity of buildings.

WATCH - Watertight Doors Awareness – Training from DNVGL – May 2017

A 23 year old Portalevel in Marine Servicing .. still going !

A customer in Asia kindly sent us this picture last week. We build instruments to last, still repairing and calibrating units built over 25 years ago. In England.

CEO Attends Annual Dinner of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs

Committed to the strong and binding ties between the UK and South Asia we are proud to have worked across the Sub-Continent for 28 years.

CEO Speaks at DNV-GL COMPIT Conference in Cardiff – May 2017

With our thanks to Mr Volker Bertram and DNV-GL our CEO spoke of the unique challenges shipping face in marine fire engineering.

R&D Brief - Portascanner Variable Generator Arrival - 16th May 2017

The Portascanner + Portapipe Variable Generator Combo is the latest introduction to Coltraco’s accurate and reliable Portascanner range. Watertight Integrity, Room Integrity and Pipe Integrity can now be inspected using a single unit by switching between internal or external transducer outputs. The Variable Generator comes with 5 different power options catering for all range of applications. We also supply the Portascanner Battery Pack which connects to the Variable Generator for customers’ who would like to attain the highest level of power output that is only required for applications of the largest size such as long pipeworks up to 30 metres.

Customer Testimonial from Setareh-Sahabi:

"The best brand I have seen, always use it on CO2 fix testing on various vessels, rigs and platforms, on many kinds of cylinders." Great to see the pre-2012 6th generation Portalevel model going strong.

Vessel stability - GARD & DNVGL highlight watertight door leak deficiencies – May 2017

GARD and DNV GL have combined efforts to raise awareness of the vulnerability of a ship as a result of deficient watertight doors. Between 2005-2016, the main cause of losses (over 50%) was due to damage due to a ship becoming foundered (sunk or submerged). There is difficulty in managing watertight doors, which are essential for watertight integrity, due to their many possible failure modes and their exposure to wear and tear. It is for this reason that an awareness is promoted of their understanding, operation and maintenance, for engineers, officers and crew members.

WATCH: Video of successful use of CO2 system by Ro-Ro crew extinguishing truck fire – Maritime Executive – May 2017

Meet us at Norshipping 30th May -2nd June, Norway – UK Pavillion, Stand# C03-02d

Join our Japanese Naval Partners ACE INTERNATIONAL TRADE Co., Ltd at Bari-Ship, Japan – 25-27 May – Stand #C2-17

The Jones Act stays intact – proud members of UK Chamber of Shipping – 12 May 2017

“Non-US flagged ships can continue providing services for US offshore energy projects, after plans to revoke Jones Act exemptions for these vessels were abandoned. The UK Chamber played its part in the international lobbying effort that has safeguarded the exemptions.”

At Coltraco we are proud to be a member of the Chamber representing UK marine interests worldwide.

Confirmed speakers at PEFTEC 2017!

Cargo Hold and Pipework Cleaning, Inspection and Maintenance - by West of England P&I Club in MFAME

Some cargo contamination issues and the failure of holds by surveyors stem from insufficient hold and hatch cover maintenance. It is recommended that regular inspections and preventative maintenance of cargo holds and hatch covers be carried out as part of a documented planned maintenance system, ideally following the discharge of each cargo. The periodic inspections should be carried out by a responsible officer, ideally the Chief Officer, and cover all structures, surfaces and fixtures and fittings within the holds. The scope of the hold inspection should include underdeck framing, pipework and guards, access ladders and supporting framework, manhole covers, bilges as well as bulkheads, stools, side framing and tanktops. Similarly, hatchcovers, coamings and associated fixtures and fittings should be periodically inspected and repaired as necessary to maintain weathertightness. [sic]

Source: West of England P&I Club
Read the full article here.
Emphasis added by Coltraco Ultrasonics.

Fairplay IHS article: “Fire safety deficiencies still dominate, says Tokyo MOU”

Fire safety measures, safety of navigation, and life-saving appliances continue to be the top three categories of deficiencies discovered on ships. This is according to Tokyo MOU, one of the top Port State Control organisations.

Ease of operation with updated ABS Type Approved Portascanner® WATERTIGHT instructions.

Seminar on NDT Technology in Lithuania-28 April 2017

Technical Manager Henry had the honour to speak in front of a fine audience at the NDT Seminar in Palanga, Lithuania. We discussed ‚Ultrasonic Safety Systems and Instrumentation‘ at the seminar on „Advanced Equipment for Non-destructive Testing and Metal Characteristics Analysis“. It was a privilege to meet with the UAB Amtest organisers and he thoroughly enjoyed the time in beautiful Palanga.

PREVIEW: FIREX, London – June 2017

Need more reasons to visit us at stand F68 FIREX in London? The inspirational physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE is announced as a speaker & our CEO is in a panel discussion “How Brexit will effect the future of fire safety?” led by Ian Moore, CEO FIA. Click here to sign up

Secutech Taiwan - Asahi Sunrise present and demonstrate Portalevel® fire safety – April 2017

Thanks to our distributor in Taiwan, Asahi Sunrise Co., Ltd. for promoting and demonstrating Portalevel® as the method to replace the weighing method for contents identification of fixed fire extinguishing systems. In addition to the live demos to customers and government personnel, Mr Lu gave a very good presentation which generated much interest about “Fire cylinder weighing and pipe leakage detection technology”.

Portalevel MAX Testing ISO Containers

As part of our special applications capability - testing pharmaceuticals in ISO Containers.

Committed to our customers throughout the UK at Fire Safety Scotland Exhibition – 4th May 2017

Adrian, our Research & Development Manager, delivered a presentation on behalf of our CEO about the Constant Monitoring of Gaseous Systems and Room Integrity. “Fire Safety Scotland is Scotland's only dedicated event for fire, security and safety professionals.” We would like to thank the organisers of the Glasgow Fire Safety Exhibition, notably Keith and Mark for this wonderful opportunity. Learn more here and about the next UK regional Fire Safety event in Manchester in October 2017
http://www.firesafetyevents.com/fire-safety-home.

Sr Sales Manager speaks at the FPAA Conference in Sydney – 5th May 2017!

Come to see Karen Jones on Day 3 of the Conference on Friday 5th May in the Fire Protection Seminar in room E5.7 talk about “Safe Engineering & the “Ungoverned Space” in the Fire Industry”. With thanks to our developing relationships with our Strategic Partner, Mr Robin Sellar (top left), with our Distributors Rob Glover, Steve Birch and Ben Parkhill (not pictured) from Flamestop who also won the award for best stand. Get in touch to find out more and ask for an introduction.

BIO: Karen leads International Sales at Coltraco Ultrasonics. Coltraco design and manufacture in the UK and Karen manages our distribution and sales network in the Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific and co-ordinates the in-country General Managers based in Dubai, Bombay, Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai. These are supported by our ODA Service Station network in the UAE, India and Singapore. Karen grew up in Canada and Australia was educated Monte St Angelo Mercy College in Sydney and a graduate of Exeter University in the UK. Karen has operated in a career spanning property, publishing, shipping, fire safety, offshore-petrochemical and energy markets and brings to Coltraco strategic skills in customer relationship management and public relations. Karen’s interests are in equine and has represented Team Great Britain in Equestrian Endurance competing in the UK and overseas at the top level in 100 mile events. Karen is Married with 3 Children and lives in Devonshire, England.

B-I Industrial Ltd Exhibits Portalevel™ Standard in Korea

With our best wishes and thanks to the President of B-I Industrial for exhibiting Portalevel™ Standard and to Mr Andrew Kim, Head of Operations in Korea. With the four Tide Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary MARS vessels being built in Busan our commitment to support the Korean market with our leading edge technologies keeps developing strongly. We offer our best wishes to our customers and friends in Korea.

Proud to be with NAFED !

With thanks to our colleagues and friends at NAFED in America for their fantastic compliments about working with us together with a couple of fun photos from the recent NAFED conference in Las Vegas which our Director of Sales attended in March 2017.

We will be at NAFED this week for the Cleveland, Ohio Conference 4-5th May 2017

Annual SMI Dinner at Britannia Royal Naval College

Karen, Head of Global Sales is attending the Annual Conference and Dinner of the Society of Maritime Industries at Dartmouth this evening in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal. We wish to thank Captain Christopher McHugh and the SMI for the kindness and courtesy of their arrangements.

London Voted World's Top Maritime Financial City

London has been voted the world's leading financial maritime city, according to a report published by Menon Economics. According to the report, launched today London has a "special position in the financial industry globally and was in 2017 again ranked as the leading financial city in the world."

Thanks to our Korean distributors B-I Industrial and Kunkook promoting Portalevel® at Fire Expo 2017 – April 2017

Exhibiting Portalevel MAX at Fire Expo Korea

With our thanks to Ms Jane and the Mr J Y Park, President of Kunkook Engineering & Institute in Seoul, another highly successful show in our “home” market of Korea.

Portalevel In-Service with the French Navy

We are proud to have supported the French Navy for many years to monitor the Marine Nationale Fleet of ships’ gaseous extinguishing systems

Portalevel MAX Testing Ammonia Liquid Levels

Our unique portable liquid level indicators test oil levels in transformers and in this case Ammonia in cylinders too ..

Customer Feedback on Portalevel MAX Marine unit

From one of our customers in the USA this week following use of our ABS Type approved and UL-listed unit :

“Thanks so much for this info ... Thanks again---The Portalevel™ MAX has saved us so much time and maybe one of the best pieces of equipment we have here at JOY.”

Exhibiting at Secutech 2017 in Taiwan

With our thanks to Allen and his team. A wonderful show and demonstration of our CO2, FM-200™ and NOVEC™ 1230 monitoring capabilities.

Postcard from Hong Kong

We have always enjoyed good relations with our Hong Kong customers and hope to strengthen them in 2017. We are delighted to welcome back Hannah in our Marketing & Communications Team who returns from a year in Hong Kong and took this beautiful photograph.

HEADING: Happy Easter from us all at Coltraco Ultrasonics!

UK Maritime Growth Strategy: 2015 Review by Lord Mountevans

It is interesting to look back to Lord Mountevans’ 2015 review on the UK Maritime Growth Strategy to see how this strategy continues today and indeed, is gathering momentum thanks to BREXIT stimulating an interest in joined up government, pushing exports and developing SME trade. Find below extracts from Lord Mountevans’ full response (read here):

The report for the Maritime Growth Study: keeping the UK competitive in a global market is the culmination of many months of work involving widespread engagement and detailed research. The result is a ‘call to arms’ to industry and government to actively support and raise the profile of a vital sector that contributes significantly to the economy and which the nation relies on to meet its daily needs. [sic] However, the sector sometimes appears to be invisible [sic]. The Study is a chance to reverse this state of affairs and highlight a vibrant, global sector comprising various successful industries that can deliver against the government’s stated priorities of rebalancing the economy, enhancing productivity, increasing exports and ‘a Britain standing tall in the world’. [sic] This is a sector rich in SMEs and innovation and one that, with the right conditions, can contribute to enterprise, productivity and both national and regional growth in the UK.

Coltraco at Maritime UK Showcase on the Queen Mary in Shanghai

With our thanks to Mr David Cao GM Coltraco China pictured with The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, Minister of State for Shipping at the Department for Transport, Mr Mark Garnier MP, Minister of State for International Trade and Mr David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK/Chairman of Carnival UK at the Maritime UK Showcase in Shanghai today aboard Cunard’s Flagship, the Queen Mary 2. This is the first UK Trade Mission to China focussed entirely on the UK Maritime Sector.

ODA Service Station in Greece

Mr. Timotheos Vossos is our Strategic Partner in Greece, kindly serving the Fire, Marine and Industrial sectors for the full range of Coltraco Ultrasonics products. He is also Chairman of the Hellenic Union of Firefighting Equipment Professionals, a volunteer firefighter and Managing Director of Pronoia Firefighting Equipment, which is the Coltraco ODA Service Station (Organisational Delegated Authority) for Greece, managing Calibration Services, Spare Parts Supply & First Line Repairs for the many units already supporting customers – on land and in the marine sectors – and based in Athens.

https://issuu.com/pronoia/docs/security_manager_entheto_-_article_

Westminster at the Heart of our Country

An extract from our CEO’s address to some Members of Parliament at an All-Party Parliamentary Group yesterday, “I wish to thank our Parliamentarians for the fine example they set during last week’s terrible events. Though ghastly the events of last week reminded us that Parliament is not only at the heart of our democracy, but also at the heart of our culture and Country. Our Parliamentarians are ours alone. There has never been a greater need for them to not only represent but to educate and lead. And during last week they led in their fine example. And a Minister of the Crown went to the aid of the fallen too. We thank you.”

CEO at the CSJ Awards in London March 2017

Exhibiting at Expo Shipping in Turkey

ABS Type Approval on Portascanner™ Watertight and Portalevel MAX Marine publicly launched in Istanbul this week.

Exhibiting at the Fire Safety Event Birmingham

Portalevel Intrinsically Safe - Zone 1

An amazing and capable unit and a great contribution to our leading edge technologies in gas pressurisation.

Customer Testimonial: El Installatøren Harstad AS praises Portalevel® MAX & Coltraco Customer Care

With our thanks to El-Installatoren who are a pleasure to work with. Please find below a positive email we received this morning in response to recently returning their Portalevel® MAX for calibration:

Hi Mary.
Thanks for your followup!
I did receive your information and it was very helpful for our new servicemen.
We are very satisfied with the equipment and it’s function.
If we experience any problems ,we will contact you, but at the moment everything is working perfect.
Have a nice day!
Best regards
Roy

El.Installatøren is a supplier of electrical installation with 45 employees. Established with companies in Harstad and Narvik. Also a maritime company, with electricity department and documentation department. As a total supplier possesses El.Installatøren broad expertise. The service works and works on major projects from Narvik to Kirkenes, with good experience and established as a solid business. “We are working for our own motto and hope "You notice the difference" .”
http://elinstallatoren.no

ABS TYPE APPROVAL awarded for Portalevel® MAX & Portascanner® WATERTIGHT

Coltraco Ultrasonics are pleased to confirm they as at 22 February 2017 have been awarded ABS TYPE APPROVAL for two of our leading products used in shipping, offshore oil and gas and with navies worldwide. Further supporting our Safeship® solutions designed to improve safety at sea for safety critical and high value assets and infrastructure.

  • Portalevel® MAX
    • Handheld ultrasonic liquid level indicator
    • For testing cylinder contents of fixed fire extinguishing systems like CO2, clean agents
    • UL, RINA, ABS
  • Portascanner® WATERTIGHT
    • Handheld ultrasonic watertight integrity test indicator
    • For testing watertight/weathertight seals of hatch-covers, doors, multiple cable transits and more
    • RINA, ABS

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Celebrating Commonwealth Day in London

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Contained within the baton will be a written message that will be opened and read at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year. However, there is an even more powerful message to be seen and experienced as the baton passes from hand to hand, from seashore to mountaintop, through cities, towns, and villages. It is the message of a peace-building Commonwealth. The cornerstones on which peace is founded are, quite simply, respect and understanding for one another. Working together, we build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community. By upholding justice and the rule of law, and by striving for societies that are fair and offer opportunities for all, we overcome division and find reconciliation, so that the benefits of progress and prosperity may be multiplied and shared. As Members of the Commonwealth Family. We can find further reward and fulfilment by continuing to collaborate with others in a spirit of goodwill to build a peaceful and abundant future for all Commonwealth citizens.

Queen Elizabeth II,
Head of the Commonwealth

Source:https://www.caymancompass.com/2017/03/12/from-her-majesty-the-queen-commonwealth-day-message/

Coltraco celebrates International Women’s Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange

We are pleased to share the thoughts of several women in our company on women in business below.

Launch of A New Independent Voice: Fire & Security Matters magazine from Western Publishing & Events

Rail Industry Fire Conference in Berlin – Feb 2017

With great appreciation to Dr Tony Cash, International President of the Rail Industry Fire Association our CEO attended last week. We are proud of our level monitoring capabilities in Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) fire protection water cylinders used in water mist systems.

Weight & Liquid Level of Clean Agents

Calibrate near you with our worldwide ODA Service Stations

More than Portalevel®: Safesite® range of inspection solutions for Extinguishing & Sprinkler systems

Exhibiting at FSIE 2017 in India

Captain Amit our Fire Safety Partner for our portable and constant clean agent monitoring systems exhibiting at Fire & Security India Expo in Delhi.

CEO Joins 35th Annual FSSA Forum in Florida

As proud FSSA members we were delighted to join the 35th Annual FSSA Forum this year in Naples, Florida. Our CEO attended and we offer our best wishes to the new President of this wonderful and effective association. We thank the Members for their warm welcomes and for their generosity.

Exhibiting at IDEX & NAVDEX in Dubai – Feb 2017

Captain Peter Machado, Head of Middle East, joined Elcome our ODA Service Station in Dubai and representatives to the GCC Navies at IDEX and NAVDEX last week.

With the Irish Navy in Cork – Feb 2017

We wish to thank the Irish Defence Forces for their utter kindness and courtesy during Henry’s visit to Cork this week. We offer them our fullest design, installation, maintenance and through-life support.

CEO invited to educate the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) on “Ultrasonics Now and the Future” with regard to 1. Fire Safety & 2. Watertight Integrity

Coltraco Ultrasonics was invited to speak at the IMO by the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Services (ADOMS) (Monday 13th February 2017) at the IMO HQ, London. This was an honour and privilege for Dr Carl Hunter BA (Hons), FRINA, FIMarEST, Hon DSc, CEO & MD and Miss Clare Hunter, Head of Marketing & Communications who were invited to present. Invited by the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Services delegation who recognises two key issues in which Coltraco are experts worldwide today onboard vessels:

  1. Fire Safety, specifically regarding Fire Suppression Systems Maintenance
  2. Vessel Stability, specifically regarding Watertight Integrity Testing

Coltraco are pushing for the following:

  • raising awareness of the risks of fire
  • the recognition that although there are adequate regulations in place, they are commonly misunderstood, misinterpreted, blatantly disregarded, neglected - this leads to increased risk and thus cost in the event of fire, even risking safety of life at sea
  • education at all levels to implement the regulations
  • issues of watertight integrity to be discussed, tied in with room integrity testing
  • new ultrasonic technologies are now available to go above and beyond current regulations

Improving Navies’ Safety & Survivability and Damage Control is at our core.

Defence solutions are at our core. See us at NAVDEX, Dubai 19-23 February with ELCOME our GCC Naval Partner @ UAE Pavilion, Stands 12-E31 and E30.

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Captain Amit at Safe India, Bombay

Captain Amit, our Fire Safety Partner in India, attended India’s Safe India Conference at The Westin Bombay, showing Portalevel MAX. We are committed to the hotel and tower building sectors and extend our thanks to Mr Gupta of Kings Infomedia, our media partner in India.

Supporting UK Government Maritime Growth Strategy

Speaking at the International Maritime Organisation

We are grateful to the President of the IMO for the opportunity for our Head of communications and CEO to speak before the General Assembly and Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO in London to explore the opportunities to contribute to ship safety and to explore the development of the IMO SOLAS Convention. We are most grateful to Captain Christopher Balls.

CEO Elected to Council of RINA - Feb 2017

We are grateful and honoured to the Members, Fellows and Chief Executive of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects for kindly electing Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter FRINA to the Council of RINA.

WAGNER UK and Coltraco Clean Agent Constant Monitoring System Teaming

The WAGNER Group GmbH has been developing and producing technical fire protection systems since 1976 and has established itself internationally as an innovative provider of solutions and systems. Its high quality and constant strive for fire safety perfection drive innovation and resulting in over 700 patents. WAGNER is a global technology leader in the field of fire detection and prevention based on four system focal points: Fire Detection (TITANUS®), Fire Prevention (OxyReduct®), Fire Extinguishing (FirExting®) and Risk Management (VisuLAN®), used in IT, storage and logistics, archives, museums, offices/administrative buildings, manufacturing, railway vehicles, hotels guaranteeing optimal fire protection. With 500 employees with a network of subsidiaries in Germany the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, and the USA. We are proud to be teaming with WAGNER UK to bring PERMALEVEL MULTIPLEX into their range to constantly monitor customer FM-200 and NOVEC 1230 clean agent systems. Mr Brett Stringer, Technical Manager for Extinguishing Systems at Wagner UK says PERMALEVEL MULTIPLEX will, “raise the bar in terms of protection for critical IT infrastructure closer to the level attained in the offshore sector with complex accessibility issues, making it necessary to provide fire prevention solutions that will work regardless of when emergency teams arrive. We are proud to be working with Coltraco.” Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “It is our pleasure to be working with Wagner UK - a global leader in fire engineering and systems – in the constant monitoring of clean agent systems with Permalevel Multiplex.”

Invited to All Party Parliamentary Group

We are honoured and proud to be invited to speak to Members of Parliament and attended our first meeting with Clare, Head of Communications last week.

Portagauge3 Thickness Gauge Testing UK Telecommunications

Our customer is a leading provider of engineering services to the telecommunications industry. They are using Portagauge™3 the leading single echo thickness gauge working directly for some of the major operators and owners of masts and towers in the UK. Here is one of them in Scotland.

Shipping industry awareness of fire risks is growing: Engine Room Fires & Preventative Maintenance article by Capt Madden, The Maritime Executive – Feb 2017

Extracts taken from article by Captain Richard Madden, The Maritime Executive – 12th February 2017

There have been two disabling engine room fires in the past month. The first was MV Alliance St. Louis, a RO-RO in the Gulf of Mexico and the most recent was MV Thorco Crown, a multi-purpose vessel, off Newfoundland. Both incidents resulted in the vessels being disabled, requiring commercial towing assistance to reach port.

It is time, yet again, to review some of the best practices for preventing fires onboard - in particular, in the engine room. Chances are, your monthly SMS inspection and drills checklist has a box for exactly this check-mark. Use the time and talk about the items below. Take a walk around your main space and see what might be slipping through the cracks - literally and figuratively. Or, will you be the third ship?

Best Practices for Preventing Engine Room Fires [We highlight 2 of his 9 steps]

4. Properly maintain and use fire screen doors. Quite frequently, fire screen doors are tied open to allow easy passage during daily duties. Unfortunately, they are also frequently left that way day after day. Even tying them open for a short period of time should be avoided, as fires can happen at the most inopportune time – such as when the fire screen door is tied open.

8. Inspect and test fixed firefighting systems on a routine basis. Systems such as sprinkler or HI-FOG systems must be maintained in a mode where they will be automatically activated. Too often, they are found with valves closed after maintenance or due to concerns about leakage.

Let's be safe out there!

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Visiting Fire Investigations UK and BRE Global

We wish to thank Dr Peter Mansi FIFireE MCSFS MIAAI IAAI-CFI IAAI-ECT of Fire Investigations UK and Dr David Crowder of BRE Global for a wonderful visit to the Building Research Establishment and the impressive facilities of FI-UK

Meeting UK Chamber of Shipping

Our CEO held a most enjoyable meeting with former Master Mariner and CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping Mr Guy Platten today. We take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to Ms Terry Cooper Executive Assistant to the CEO who has served the UK Chamber of Shipping for 29 years.

Visit to UMW Equipment Division in Malaysia

Adrian Saw, Manager Research & Development visited the eminent Mr Lee Chin Min, President of UMW Equipment Division, our Strategic Partner, Fire Safety in Malaysia to convey our CEO’s best wishes for a Happy Chinese New Year in the Year of the Rooster. Discussions focussed on our FM-200™ & NOVEC™ 1230 clean agent constant monitoring system Permalevel™ Multiplex and Portascanner™ 520 our Room Integrity monitoring system with Desmond and his team in Kuala Lumpur today.

At the UK Chamber of Shipping – 101 Years of British Ultrasound – 7th Feb 2017

Mr Philip Rutnam the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Transport spoke compellingly on behalf of the Minister for Shipping at the annual dinner of the UK Chamber of Shipping in London. The UK maritime sector employs over 360,000 people and generates GBP 19 BN to the economy. We applaud and support UK Government efforts to work “as one” with the UK maritime sector as the UK implements a Global and Maritime Strategy. Coltraco celebrates 101 years of ultrasound and are at the forefront of UK efforts to monitor shipboard fire safety and vessel stability systems in watertight and protected space integrity. We thank Mr Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping and his fine Events Team.

Pronoia – our Strategic Partner and ODA Service Station Opens in Greece

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of our ODA Service Station in Greece and the commencement of our Strategic Partnership to serve the Marine, Naval and Fire Safety markets in Greece. Henry concluded our agreement with Mr Timos Vossos, Managing Director, during his visit to glorious Athens. Pronoia was established in 1936 and is certified by LPCB, UL and FM. Our ideal partner in Greece sharing our family values and commitment to innovation. In fire safety Pronoia will manage our distribution network and install, commission, maintain and calibrate our technologies in the constant and portable monitoring of Gaseous Extinguishing Systems and their Room Integrity. Across the Marine sector Pronoia will support sales and deliver technical support and calibration services for our range of IMO compliant fire safety units and our range watertight integrity monitoring products and systems for ship owners and the Classification Society and independent marine surveying communities.

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Our New Advert for Portable Fire Safety Products

RINA Technical Paper Published in London - Jan 17

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects has 14,000 members globally in 90 countries and dedicated to the design, construction, maintenance and operation of Marine, Offshore and Naval vessels and marine structures. This week RINA have published our paper at the London Smart Ships Conference titled “The Ungoverned Space of Marine Fire Safety Engineering”. Coltraco aims to engineer the Safeship in regard to the IMO SOLAS compliant monitoring of its CO2, FM-200 & NOVEC systems and the integrity of its Protected Spaces through Portascanner to contain the suppressant gases on discharge at the point of fire event. We thank the CEO, Governing Council, Fellows and Members of RINA for this publication.

Intersec 2017: Success for Coltraco Middle East!

This year proved another success, introducing our Director Middle East, Captain Peter Machado, to the industry. Together with our Director of Sales, George, and Head of Marketing & Communications, Clare, we were pleased to welcome customers new and old. From our origins in Portalevel®, to today we have a more comprehensive range of products and monitoring systems for fire safety:

  • Inspection products for testing gaseous extinguishing systems and sprinkler systems
  • Inspection products for Room Integrity and watertight integrity testing
  • Constant monitoring systems of liquefied and non-liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems as well as Room Integrity.

With thanks also to Andreas Rex and the Messe Frankfurt team who organise Intersec.

UK Chamber of Shipping – January 2017

We were grateful to attend the Lord Lamont address on the EU at the UK Chamber of Shipping this week in London. A wonderful event by the Chambers fine team and its CEO.

CEO Fellow of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects in London Conference Jan 2017

Speaking at the London Smartship™ conference in Whitehall London today our CEO spoke of the Ungoverned Space in Marine & Offshore Fire Safety, the need for Shipping to implements its IMO obligations and implement ISO regulations to an international audience of Naval & Shipping professionals from UK, USA, Europe and Asia and using our place at the heart of Safeship™ vessel stability and Watertight Integrity in the Royal Navy and our commitment to support US Safety & Survivability and UK Damage Control expertise and explaining the UK’s global place with our maritime strategy at its centre.

Portascanner Watertight Integrity Indicator for Hatch Covers & WT Doors Testimonial

Captain Peter Machado is an industry veteran and Master Mariner and was also one of our first Fleet users of Portascanner Watertight when he was with Kuwait Livestock and Trading saying, “COLTRACO’s Portascanner is the product that I am happy to endorse having used the product for many years in the challenging environment of large livestock carriers. Watertight integrity was and remains critical as the most recent conversions have been car carriers, container ships and tankers. Portascanner is portable, easy to carry and use, and more importantly, very efficient. It is a rugged. Aspects include purchase price at good value, good warranty terms, the availability of spares and service stations at major hub ports.” Including now our ODA Service Stations in Dubai, Singapore, London, Miami, Bombay and Calcutta for repairs & calibrations.

Elected to British Marine Equipment Association Council Jan 2017

It is with great kindness that the BMEA have elected us to their Council.

This market area is the focus for SMI’s interface with UK and international shipyards and ship owning communities associated with the building and operations of cargo vessels, container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, LNG carriers, FPSOs, passenger/car ferries, ro-ros, fast ships, superyachts and cruise liners and exhibiting at major international trade shows such as Asia Pacific Maritime, Kormarine, Marintec, Nor-Shipping, Posidonia and SMM and supporting inward trade missions of international ship owners and shipyard personnel to attend presentations in the UK by marine equipment and service firms. The BMEA Council sets the policy and guides the activities of this market area, utilising the extensive expertise of its members and we are grateful to Mr John murray CEO and the Members of the SMI in supporting and enabling us to join the BMEA Council.

Coltraco Ultrasonics - Amerex Integrated partnership for wireless continuous monitoring of fire extinguishing systems’ contents

“Big data” and “constant monitoring” are key for the future of improved fire safety engineering with regards to monitoring of clean agent suppression systems. Wireless connectivity from Amerex Integrated combines with Coltraco Ultrasonics’ ultrasonic liquid level monitoring system.

Amerex Integrated gives a remote diagnostic capability to the Permalevel® SINGLE POINT. Permalevel® SINGLE POINT is a fixed ultrasonic system to continuously monitor the level of liquefied gaseous agent non-invasively and non-destructively within cylinders of fire extinguishing systems. With Amerex Integrated’s connectivity, users can check that their fire systems are fully operational at all times, giving peace of mind and added value reporting. This new addition compliments Coltraco’s existing system, Permalevel® MULTIPLEX, which has remote diagnostic and remote monitoring capabilities embedded within its design. This is providing an additional solution for customers in high value and safety critical environments, protecting assets and human life by giving true visibility as to the fire systems which are currently left relatively neglected except for 6 monthly inspections.

Amerex Integrated is a world-leading manufacturer of a range of extinguishing systems. With an excellent reputation for quality products and systems there were clear synergies between the two companies. Learn more at amerex-fire.com and coltraco.com/news.

Members of SSA – Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association – deeply embedded in UK Maritime (see below partners)

2017 “Year of Exporting” says UK International Trade Secretary – Coltraco is already exporting to 108 countries!

The government is urging businesses to make 2017 the year of exporting as it encourages them to seek new markets and seize the demand for British goods and services. International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox says “UK businesses have the knowledge, skills and expertise to truly add value and make the UK a partner of choice.” “We are world-leaders in many sectors such as financial services and technology.” “We have a real opportunity to build on this country’s wide range of successful exports, reach out to new markets and help more businesses achieve their exporting potential.

Happy New Year to all our friends, partners & customers from our CEO!

Coltraco’s CEO is taking a well deserved New Year break in Gibraltar. A country with a long history and connections with the UK, a strategic importance in the Mediterranean.

Intersec highlights industry leaders like Coltraco to meet about Safety & Security in Oil & Gas.

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Feedback from USA Customer about Portalevel

George,

Thank you for your very prompt response and I hope you had a nice Christmas as well.

Wow! That is very generous of you to send me some stickers I am very impressed with your customer service and will definitely pass along great remarks about you and Coltraco. Let me know if there is any cost, shipping etc. I really would like to use the Coltraco stickers, my big inspection is not until February so no need to rush ship them.

Like I said in my initial email I use a Portalevel Max that we have had for almost 2 years now. Mostly I use it on 100Lbs CO2 cylinders for Fire Suppression systems. A lot of these systems are in places like Chip manufacturing Clean rooms were it is difficult to either move cylinders or get a scale in to weigh them. Our Portalevel has worked great, most of the cylinders we inspect at our larger customers are very similar in steel thickness and are with in 6 to 10 years in mfg. dates so it is fairly easy to determine the level of every cylinder. We have also used our Portalevel on Halon and FM-200 tanks in several site were the tanks have no liquid levels indicators and are mounted in difficult places like above equipment and above ceilings of Data Centers for an example. There have only been a few older tanks when I have had a question on my readings, I figure it is probably due to a steel thickness or weld issue. At my previous Employer a had used the earlier model Portalevel, and had the cable to the sensor head come out of the twist lock coupling. My guess from is that happened from abuse, techs holding the Portalevel by the cable or not twisting the coupling enough before unplugging. Other than that it has been a great tool and has saved thousands of dollars in labor costs.

Thanks again.

Chuck.

Hose Testing or Portascanner Watertight Hatch Cover Testing ?

EU Directive 2009/45/EC of 6/05/2009 like SOLAS, allows a “careful visual inspection” of the welding connections, supplemented by ultrasonic test or other types of leak test, where the use of a hose test may cause a damage to machinery, electrical equipment, insulation or outfitting items. Allows using the ultrasonic test where hose testing is not practical (Lloyd’s Register, Rules and Regulations for Classification of Ships, July 2016, 3/1/9). Thus, the Portascanner™ ultrasonic test can be used for ships in the same situations as provided by SOLAS: where the use of flooding and hose testing is impractical.

Hatch Cover Testing with Portascanner Watertight

Captain J. F. Holmes, Master Mariner “Portascanner™ II .. undergoes a hard life in a tough environment.. the updated [Decibel and Linear] readout and software permits a .. definitive execution of the testing weather deck closing devices. Portascanner™ II .. gives us the professional edge to offer a complete service to Ship Owners and Time Charterers”. Class-approved and ISO 17025 calibration-compliant Portascanner™ Watertight is portable, simple to use and determine the size of the leak, unlike other leak tests. Designed for hatch covers, watertight doors & multiple cable transits. SOLAS does not simply require the surface to be simply watertight, but able to remain watertight under specific pressure. EU Directive 2009/45/EC requires a weekly inspection of all watertight doors while passenger vessel are at sea (Regulation 24.3). Portascanner™ provides for both safety and convenience of passengers. All loading doors and exposed hatch-covers are to be closed watertight before the ship leaves for high seas (46 CFR, 97.15-17; 97.15-20).

Happy 2017 from Head of Marketing & Communications

Congratulations indeed on a splendid year to all our customers, suppliers, professional organisations and editors. We wish you a very Happy New Year.

FIA Export Council

We wish  Members of the Fire Industry Association Export Council a Happy New Year.

Congratulations to Her Majesty

We wish all Congratulations to HM the Queen in her 90th year and the inspirational Prince of Wales.

Our Christmas Portalevel MAX & Calculator

Just back from trials at 2 great fire companies testing MAX and Portasteele™ Calculator (converts liquid level readings to agent weight & mass) across CO2, Halon , FE-13/FE-25 cylinders, a bulk tank of NOVEC™ 1230 and FM-200™. Happy Christmas.

Celebrating ADOMS 30 years IMO Membership

We were honoured to be invited to celebrate 30 years of IMO Membership for Antigua and Barbuda by the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS), the Maritime Administration of Antigua and Barbuda. Committed as they are to maintaining a quality clientele in an international and highly competitive marketplace. Held at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation in London we wish to thank the impressive High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda and the Director of ADOMS and her key staff who have so kindly supported our contribution to maritime safety.

 

Testing R507 Refrigerant on Ships

Interesting week testing Portalevel MAX and R507 on an LNG Carrier.

Constant Monitoring of Gaseous Systems is Needed

It is not just us saying it. The industry needs it.

Marketing Team

We wish a very Merry Christmas to Clare, Mary, Chloe, Hannah and the Marketing & Communications Team who enter 2017 with an array of successes from this year in their work creating the environment in which we can articulate our Science and Technologies with Professional organisations, Editorial teams, at Corporate and industry events and in their stellar work in support of our globally-leading Customers and British Government departments and agencies at home and overseas.

Fire risk grows as ships get bigger

Fairplay Daily Newswire publish evidence that fire safety is not fully comprehensive onboard all ships currently. “Firefighting equipment available on board containerships has not developed as vessel size has increased, and the marine insurance industry wants to do something about it.” Coltraco Ultrasonic’s Safesite® mission is committed to developing fixed continuous monitoring systems and inspection products to improve safety at sea. Talking to Owners, Managers, P&I Clubs and Marine Surveyors is an important part of Coltraco’s mission to protect life, assets and vessel. Click here to read more.

CEO Elected as Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

It is with great pleasure that our CEO has been made a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in London. Founded in 1860 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1910, 'We, who are present, do now constitute ourselves an Institution of Naval Architects for the purpose of advancing the science and art of Naval Architecture'. The Naval Architect's professional skill lies in the resolution of numerous conflicting problems, for he or she alone is fundamentally responsible for the ship as a whole. We thank the President, Chief Executive and Officers of RINA for this Fellowship to our CEO. Our CEO wishes to thank our Company too.

Elected to Council of the British Naval Equipment Association

The BNEA is dedicated to British Naval and Maritime Defence companies, which build, refit and modernise warships, supply weapons, sensor systems and other naval equipment. The Association’s Council comprises 18 senior industry leaders. This week our CEO was pleased to accept the kind invitation to join Captain Christopher McHugh, Director of the British Naval Equipment Association Council. For 20 years Coltraco has been proudly working with the Royal Navy in vessel stability and watertight integrity supporting surface and sub-surface vessels with BAE, Babcock, BMT and others. With our monitoring systems embedded in the Safety Management Systems for fire safety and watertight integrity. We will be joining the SMI Annual Conference at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.

UK - SOUTH KOREA OFFSHORE ENGINEERING PARTNERING EVENT

We are proud to be speaking at this event on 29th November 2016 in London. South Korea has been one of partner nations for many years and we are grateful to the DIT for this opportunity.

SDi Fire in the USA

We wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and customers in the USA and particularly Rick, Joe and Brandon and their families. Our USA Partner SDi focuses on innovation over imitation, variety over exclusivity and quality over inferiority. Their products are higher in quality and more durable than those from competitors, so you never have to worry about receiving an inferior product. Experience the quality and dedication of SDi, LLC for yourself. At http://sdifire.com/fire-suppression-testing-tools/

Tanker Safety Award Nomination – November 2017

We are very proud to have been nominated to for the Tanker Shipping Innovation Award 2017 in London for our work in monitoring gaseous extinguishing systems. Our CEO was invited to speak at the conference saying, “Our commitment to excellence in Gaseous Extinguishing and Protected Space monitoring across global Tanker Shipping is due to the very many fine young people we have in our company and we thank you for the guidance and advice we have received from you, the many Master Mariners and Marine Engineers in the industry who have supported our R&D.”

New Video by Fire Risk Consultancy Limited

It is with great pleasure that we release the new video produced by Mr David Ware BEng(Hons) FIFireE MIFSM MIFPO and founder of the FRC Fire Academy

Presenting at the Rail Industry Fire Association

We were very proud to present to the President, Chairman, Executive Committee and Members of RIFA last week at the Headquarters of London Underground. Joined by delegates from Network Rail, Cross Rail, Merseyrail, Arup, Atkins, London Fire Brigade and senior Fire Consultants we explored the ungoverned space in the constant monitoring of pressurised gaseous extinguishing systems and the opportunities to bring to public attention the efforts to secure fire safety in rail, light rail and metro rail systems. We wish to thank Dr Tony Cash, President of RIFA for this opportunity.

In Operation at Dungeness Power Station B

Portalevel® will be used within the maintenance and inspection of the fire suppression system at Dungeness Power Station B, UK. Dungeness is a nuclear power station  on the south coast of England with 2 advanced gas-cooled reactors. It supplies 1050MW to the national grid, generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region to 730,000 customers with over 20% opting for low-carbon generation products (SOURCE). EDF Energy is committed to safety at the heart of everything they do, working towards a "Zero Harm" environment. We are proud to be a small part of this.

Marine, Offshore & Naval Capability Infographic

Fire outbreak in Data Center causes delays at Ford Corporate Headquarters

Ford is working to recover after a fire broke out at a power sub-station beneath its US corporate headquarters, briefly shutting down data center operations and prevented it from gathering sales data. Full story & source here.

GREAT Exporting & British Innovation – video coming soon

Our company video will be coming soon! In the interim, do watch two videos that we have selected as brilliant examples of British innovators leading in exporting. Sources & credit to Associated British Ports for “Maritime Nation” and Burberry for “The Tale of Thomas Burberry”.

Invited to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports

With great honour and at the invitation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports, and with thanks to Clare, our amazing Head of Communications & Government Relations, we attended the annual session of the AAPGMP in Select Committee Room 16 at the House of Commons last week. Chaired by the Rt Hon Jim Fitzpatrick MP the meeting was addressed by the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister for Shipping who , speaking to the worshipful Company of Shipwrights earlier this month in London said something we wholly support, “On your shoulders rests Britain’s future as the world’s leading maritime nation. If, 100 years from now, we are still to be famous as the country that builds, repairs and maintains the finest vessels that sail the seas; if we are still to be renowned as the home of shipbuilding genius and skill; and if we are still to be celebrated as the nation that leads the world’s maritime affairs, it will be because those in this room today seized the opportunity to learn, to train, and to excel at everything you do.”

GM China Visits Customers in China

Mr David Cao, General Manager Coltraco, China has held meetings with Fire safety Managers at the Bank of China, Shanghai Unicom, Shanghai Jundong, The Three Gorge Museum, ChongQing Fire Brigade, Ford China, Volkswagen China , and attended the First China Building Fire Technology Conferenence in Beijing.

Supporting our customers directly in 108 countries!

As a global company we thrive on exporting around the world. We are always delighted when we succeed in new markets and welcome working more in the African continent in 2016-2017 with our network developing in Nigeria and elsewhere. We already have equipment in Angola operating with leading oil and gas EPCs and now pleased to add marine servicing companies to this.

Coltraco Intellectual Property Upheld in Chinese Courts – Oct 2016

We are proud to announce that the Beijing Courts have upheld two landmark cases of our IP being infringed in China last week. We believe this to be an example that British companies operating in China may have confidence in the Chinese legal system.

Committed to Gas Carrier Fleet

We are proud to have been shortlisted for the Tanker Shipping Award in Innovation this year. Our work in Gas Carriers is a great honour for us.

Sea Safety Services USA – Tug & Barge Partner in the USA

It is with great pleasure that Sea Safety Services Inc. in the Port of New York are becoming our partners in the Tug & Barge market sector of the USA marine industry. Sea Safety have been using our Portalevel MAX Marine units for their marine servicing teams for many years and the wonderful Mr Peter O’Shea of Sea Safety met with George and our CEO at SMM Hamburg 2016 . Sea Safety is a distributor for Ansul Fire Protection, Kidde Fire Systems and NK Fire Systems.

Permalevel Load Weigh for Constant Mechanical CO2 Monitoring

For customers requiring low-cost, mechanical and simple CO2 monitoring Permalevel™ Load Weigh is our mechanical counterpart system to our Permalevel™ Multiplex system. Permalevel™ Multiplex delivers world-leading remote monitoring and remote diagnostics of clean agent extinguishing systems.

Shipbuilders & Ship-repairers Association AGM at the House of Commons – Oct 2016

Our CEO had the honour to join the Shipbuilders and Ship-repairers Association (SSA) at the House of Commons for the Annual General Meeting this month meeting fellow members and new professionals.

Fire Protection Association London Summit 2017

Clare and our CEO exhibited at the FPA Fire Sector Summit held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London this week, and presented a paper to FPA delegates on the need to apply Mathematics in the Ungoverned Space of Fire Engineering, Pressurisation & Constant Monitoring of Gaseous Extinguishing Systems. We wish to thank Mr Mark Sennett of the FPA for his kind and fine arrangements. The Fire Protection Association is the UK's national fire safety organisation. For images from the event please see https://www.flickr.com/photos/fireprotectionassociation/albums/72157674382450182

Commitment to Chinese Market Secures further Trademark Success

We are thrilled to announce the good news of two further Trademark successes we have filed in China. We are committed to the Chinese market so it is gratifying to see the Chinese courts protect our Intellectual Property rights over and above a local Chinese company who tried misappropriating our brand names.

CEO Joins All-Parliamentary Group at House of Lords Dinner

We were honoured that our CEO was invited to represent the UK Fire Industry Association at a dinner at the House of Lords in London this week. We have great respect for the FIA and its CEO Mr Ian Moore and for Sir Ken Knight, Senior Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fire Safety and wish to express our appreciation to Sir Neil Thorne, Chairman of the Fire Service Parliamentary Scheme for his kindness and courtesy.

Being part of the UK Maritime Growth Strategy

We are pleased to see the British Government engaging with the UK Maritime Growth Study. Shipping transports over 95% of global trade and London is at the heart of international shipping in insurance, admiralty law, the IMO, ship design, classification societies, and marine equipment. We are grateful to be part of this through the Society of Maritime Industries whose CEO Mr John Murray has been of great support. Organised by Maritime London and the City of London Corporation the ‘Charting the way ahead to Maritime Growth’ event was held on 3 October 2016 at Mansion House and hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Lord Mountevans, Maritime London Chairman.

Mr Raphael Francis, Head of Operations, Singapore - October 2016

It was with great pleasure that Mr Raphael Francis, Head of Operations in Singapore and our CEO met with industry friends in Singapore. As our Permalevel Multiplex constant monitoring technology of clean agent fire extinguishing systems becomes embedded into the fabric of the fire industry we wish to thank our industry friends in Singapore for their support and expertise in its development.

Raffles in Singapore

Raffles Hotel has played a central part in the development of our presence in Singapore. From our days supporting Singapore Airlines Engineering through to our many Shipping & Ship Management customers and recently the establishment of our Head of Operations in Singapore with Mr Raphael Francis and the Singapore ODA Service & Training Station that is now operational, Raffles Hotel has always been the centre around which our CEO has always led our Singapore and ASEAN future.

3 Ways to Improve Fire Safety in Power Generating Stations

It is common knowledge that power generating facilities are safety critical and extremely high value assets. As a result, there is a great focus on business continuity due to the pressures and costs incurred due to accidents, faults, fires, or other temporary outage disruption. Here are 3 ways we have helped these businesses and will do in the future:

  1. CONTINUOUS MONITORING: Our first ever made-to-order fixed, permanent, continuous monitoring system was for Sellafield Nuclear Power Generation Plant in the UK over 12 years ago.
  2. MORE FREQUENT INSPECTIONS OF FIRE SYSTEMS: Currently there is a major power generation player in the USA keen to Portalevel® MAX following a recommendation by leading insurers, FM Global. We are in discussions with several leading power generation companies in North America who will be serviced and supported by our American Strategic Partners.
  3. INTEGRATED REAL-TIME MONITORING OF FIRE SYSTEMS: Now we offer this Safesite® smart solution so the facilities safety manager will be instantly alerted in the case of agent leak, to ensure the system’s integrity.

Here are some extracts from an interesting article on electric generation stations from PowerMag to illustrate. “Occurrences at Thermalito Power Plant (California) in 2012, Detroit Dam (Oregon) in 2007, and Watts Bar Hydroelectric Plant (Tennessee) in 2002 resulted in major electrical fires. In almost all cases, the fires caused forced shutdowns, some for a year or more. The loss of generation as the result of an electrical fire often outweighs the actual fire damage.” [sic]“Even after a relatively small fire, smoke and soot removal can cost several millions of dollars in facilities with large open spaces. For example, cleanup costs at Thermalito were reported at approximately $90 million, with a total cost of the fire around $200 million. SOURCE. Here are further extracts taken from PowerMag: “Hydro plants are not without fire risk, and history reminds us that large-loss fires have occurred (see table). SOURCE

Commitment to Success Across Asia - October 2016

It was with pleasure that our CEO and Raphael met with partners in Singapore and Malaysia recently including Archer Fire in Singapore, UMW in Malaysia and Orient in Singapore. We have a total commitment to mutual success with our partners across Asia.

Annual Calibration Satisfaction thanks to Coltraco Customer Care

This hardy Portamarine® unit has been used for training Petrofac’s fire servicing teams in Aberdeen for years! Coltraco Customer Care ensures that even if your unit is one of our first generation models from almost 30 years ago, you will receive premium support from our teams to recalibrate, repair, replace parts, or offer trade in discounts for a new model.

Petrofac are also highlighting a key question we often get asked: “Do I need annual calibration or can I just get a 5 year calibration certificate?” We do not mandate that you get your unit returned for calibration every year, because it is up to the standards that your company operate by. However, as it is safety and measuring equipment, the international standards recommend annual certification. 5 years is not accepted by most audits. To help, we are setting up ODA Service Stations around the globe and provide 48 hour turnaround for most units. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coltraco & Metro Rail Systems

We are proud to be speaking at the Rail Industry Fire Association in London next month. We are committed to deliver constant monitoring of clean agent extinguishing systems in urban metro rail systems in the UK, USA and Asia.

Exhibiting at RAF Cosford with the FIA

Our first Ministry of Defence sales of Portalevel™ were to RAF Swanton Morley for their UK military aircraft engine test houses. We are active members of the Fire Industry Association and it was with great pleasure that Carl and Henry exhibited at the FIA’s FIM Expo at RAF Cosford this week. We wish to thank the FIA’s CEO, Mr Ian Moore, for his kindness and support and to the FIA personnel who arranged the event.

British Shipbuilders & Ship Repairers in Parliament

We thank the SSA for their great kindness in inviting our CEO to lunch with the Board of the SSA and Maritime UK at the House of Commons yesterday. The UK is the global centre for the maritime industry in a wide range of services and we are committed to support the Maritime Growth Strategy.

Exhibiting at Naval Damage Control 2016 with CSD Sealing Systems - Oct 2016

NDC 2016 is the premier UK conference for Naval, Maritime Support and Damage Control manufacturers. With new Royal Naval shipbuilding and procurement programmes fitting ships with the most up to date systems, we were proud that George Hunter led our teaming at the show with Mr Peter Litchfield of CSD Sealing Systems.

Another fantastic year at IMPA London - Oct 2016!

We would like to thank the IMPA Council and Alexony for organising another fantastic IMPA London show. Based in Westminster, this is a good opportunity to meet industry friends and peers to discuss the market situation and highlight trends. We are pleased to be part of the trend of increasing safety and maintenance for the sake of safety - going above and beyond regulations. By providing a range of inspection tools and continuous monitoring systems, we work closely with our ship owners, managers and servicing companies to provide efficient Safeship® solutions, whilst improving safety management onboard. Marine servicing companies very often become our distributors and as many IMPA members will know Marine supply companies too. Furthermore, we are pleased to promote women in shipping, following the lead of our IMPA Chairwoman and other women in industry. We look forward to 2017.

Manager Research & Development

It is with great pleasure that we warmly welcome Mr Adrian Saw to the company as our Manager Research & Development. Adrian began working with the company through a Summer Internship and this Summer graduated from the University of Durham with a Masters of Science.

Our CEO says, "We are proud and grateful to warmly welcome Adrian to the company. Working with Physicist and Head of Research & Development, Mr Sam Watson, we hope that Adrian will bring his fine analytical and innovative skills to the role and find happiness and success with us. Adrian has already delivered fine work to the company through his dedication and commitment and he combines this with wonderful family values and kindness.

Sam and I are delighted to welcome Adrian and look forward to supporting him over the months and years to come."

FIA Export Council

Our CEO Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter wrote a paper for the Council on Brexit and its implications for UK Exporters. He says, “Have faith in your Country and do for it the service that it deserves, and from you particularly so, as the educated leaders of tomorrow whom you are, by now falling in behind the nations decision and leading this country’s export success.”

Shortlisted for “Technical Innovation Award” by Tanker Shipping & Trade for Portasteele® Calculator!

We are honoured to have our R&D recognised by shortlisting our Portasteele® Calculator for the “Technical Innovation Award” by Tanker Shipping & Trade. You have the opportunity to vote for the winner so, if you feel we deserve this award in full, please vote for us here.

Join us at FIA FIM Expo & FPA Fire Sector Summit – October 2016

As part of our commitment to improving fire safety, please join us at the following exhibitions in the UK: FIA FIM Expo 12 Oct. & FPA Fire Sector Summit 17-18 Oct. You will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations of our Portalevel® MAX and our Portasteele® Calculator. RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accident Reports: Seafarers Ignore Safety Management Systems by Maritime Executive

The procedures and safe working systems that lie at the core of all safety management systems are there for a reason, says Steve Clinch, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents at Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). “[…] MAIB investigators regularly identify a disconnect between the safety culture that shore-based managers believe (or perhaps hope) is in place within their fleet and what is really happening on board.

Safety management systems need to evolve over time if they are to remain credible. If the procedures on board your vessel are not working, don’t just use convenient work arounds to get tasks done – flag up the problem and make sure they are changed or amended in a controlled way that ensures the system retains its credibility and continues to reflect the company’s best practice requirements.

In the digest, Captain John Rose, Director of the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Program (CHIRP) highlights the importance of crew’s ability to deal effectively and safely with the complexity, difficulty, pressures and workload of their daily tasks, not only in emergency situations, but also during routine operations.

The report is available here.

Source: MarEx 2016-10-03 19:27:26

CEO Visits UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd in Malaysia

Our CEO is delighted to be spending time in Malaysia with our new Strategic Partner in the Fire Safety sector, UMW. We are proud to confirm the new partnering with UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd (UMW) as our Fire Safety Partner. The UMW Group is a leading Industrial Enterprise with diverse and global interest in the Automotive, Equipment, Manufacturing and Engineering, and Oil and Gas Industries with 7 branches in Malaysia. We see this exciting teaming as a reflection of the long historical and strong trading ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

Our CEO Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “I greatly admire UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd and the President of UMW Equipment Division Mr Lee Chin Win and am grateful for UMW wishing to become our exclusive Strategic Partner, Fire Safety in Malaysia to encompass all of our products for the fire sector but primarily our fixed monitoring system Permalevel™ Multiplex for high asset value customers seeking to secure risk mitigation of their clean agent systems and business continuity and to become our ODA Service Station for its installation and maintenance in 2017.”

President of UMW Equipment Division: Mr Lee Chin Min says: “UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd is proud to be a business partner with Coltraco Ultrasonic Limited to deliver the latest Safesite & Safeship monitoring system technologies to the Malaysian customers at critical infrastructure on land and at sea. We are truly honoured to work with Coltraco to enhance and strengthen the safety performance at these infrastructures in Malaysia.”

Mr Desmond Lin, Senior Manager UMW says, “We enjoyed a great meeting and shared the history and business structure of UMW with Dr Hunter… I am looking forward to great business opportunities between UMW and Coltraco.”

Keisha Marine - Exhibits at Malaysian Oil & Gas - 28-30th September 2016

It is with great pleasure that our CEO visited Mr Jimmy Wong and his fine team at Malaysian Oil and Gas in Kuala Lumpur this week. Keisha Marine operate marine service and supply offices across West and East Malaysia and began with us asa customer of our Portamarine liquid level indicators whilst servicing ships CO2 systems. Today Keisha Marine are our exclusive Marine Partners for our marine product range in the Malaysian marine sector and supported by Head of Operations in Singapore, Mr Raphael Francis.

Mr Jimmy Wong, CEO of Keisha Marine says, “On behalf of Keisha Marine I would like to say thank Dr Hunter and the team at Coltraco for supporting us at this important exhibition and bring to the Malaysian marine market your safety instrumentation and products.”

Our CEO Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, " I have great confidence in Mr Jimmy Wong who is a dynamic and visionary leader in the marine industry in Malaysia. I wish to thank Jimmy, Carol, Kenny and Eddie for their kindness and for our wonderful dinner at the Mandarin Oriental in KL. We have great confidence in the fine future of Malaysia; the links between our countries are strong and the ties between our companies have been made even stronger this week at Malaysian Oil and Gas."

China Fire Safety Partners speaks at China Fire Industry Conference, Beijing 25-27 Sept. 2016.

Consolidating Coltraco's Commitment to India: Fire India 2016, in Chennai

Coltraco consolidates commitment to India co-exhibiting with Fire Safety Partner Intime Fire at Fire India 2016.

Coltraco's CEO Mr CSP Hunter says: "A busy week at Fire India 2016 with many thanks to Amit, Rushina and Karin. There was great interest in our Portalevel® MAX LIVE demonstrations as well as our NEW range of products including PortapipeTM, PortscannerTM ISO 14520. India's fire safety community enjoys learning about how our SafesiteTM Smart Solutions can enable them to improve inspections with accuracy and efficiency. Learning about the regulations pertaining to our equipment, especially for marine servicing companies at sea keen to comply with IMO SOLAS FSS Codes by using our Portalevel® and Portamarine®."

See pictured below Mr CSP Hunter, Capt Amit former Master Mariner, Mrs Rushina and personal friend of our CEO and Mrs Karin Singh as well as photos with Mr Gupta, Editor of Kings Info Media and Mrs Yogita and Mrs Shilpa Editors of Safe Secure magazine.

George Hunter at SMM Hamburg

A busy week in Hamburg hosting delegations from Shipowners and Marine Supply companies.

Portalevel MAX Marine & Portasteele™ Calculator in Marine Industry

Combining CO2 & NOVEC 1230 liquid level contents with agent weight and mass. Contracted with Carnival Cruises. Leading IMO SOLAS FSS compliance in the shipping industry.

Anglo-Italian Partnership

Our CEO has just returned from Italy to develop our Anglo-Italian partnership. Our Strategic Partner in Italy is Mr Alberto Faravelli and based in Genoa. We see great opportunity in Italy across the Marine and Fire Safety sectors for our range of portable products and monitoring systems. It has been agreed that Alberto will also support business development in France and Switzerland on a project basis.

Coltraco GM China Speaks at Shanghai International Shipping Week

It is with great pleasure that Mr David Cao, General Manager Fire Safety, China presented at the Shanghai International Shipping Conference. We wish to thank the team at the British Embassy in Beijing, the fine British civil servants at UKTI and the Department of International Trade and the Chinese shipping community for kindly supporting our commitment to China specifically and across Asia generally.

Coltraco exhibiting at Fire India, South in Chennai next week 21-22 September with our Fire Safety Partner Capt Amit from Intime Fire.

Commitment to Asia – Sept 2016

We are delighted to be working with exceptional MBA Graduates such as Ms Wendy Lee, featured here with Head of Marketing, Ms Clare Hunter and our CEO. We aim to recruit and to develop bright young UK graduates who have come to the UK from all around the world.

The UK has overseas graduates of extraordinary quality. Ms Jing Xia of China is one of these. Ms Jing is also an MBA and supporting the development of our Marketing strategy in China and discussed in London yesterday.

Swiss Army Fire Gaseous Extinguishing Systems

It is with pleasure that we are supplying our first Portalevel™ MAX units to the Swiss Army this week

SMM Exhibition - meeting with Strategic Partners

We were delighted to meet some of our Strategic Partners at the SMM Exhibition in Germany last week. Pictured here are Mrs Cindy Fan, Vice President of RMS Marine Service (Marine Partner, China), Cdr Vikesh, General Manager of Navicom International (Marine & Defence Partner, India) and Mr Pramode of Elcome, UAE (ODA and distributor to GCC Navies). With thanks to all their support thus far and a very positive outlook for the rest of 2016 and 2017 ahead in educating our markets about Safety for Safety's sake and the ease with which Coltraco can achieve this.

UMW, Malaysia exhibiting at ISF

Our CEO Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “Malaysia is a key UK partner country and UMW our Strategic Partner for Fire Safety in Malaysia. It gives me great pleasure to combine the vision of Mr Lee and his team at UMW with our world-leading capabilities in the constant monitoring of clean agent suppression systems. I am grateful to Raphael in Singapore for training, technical and product support from Singapore, and to Christopher in Kuala Lumpur for bringing this strategic teaming to fruition.

New Association Member Discounts – September only!

Keen to purchase Portalevel Max and Portasteele Calculator ? If you are a member for the following organizations you can redeem your discount today by quoting #MEMBER%. Valid September 2016 only. Get in touch to find out more.

Proudly associated with Maritime UK who are now partners with “Exporting Is GREAT

We are proud to be associated with Maritime UK (as members of the SSA and SMI) and now too with Exporting is GREAT initiative which we have been supporters of for a couple of years already.

“Maritime UK, which brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, marine and business services sectors has today partnered with the Exporting Is GREAT initiative, to help drive forward the industry’s ambitious exports agenda.

The maritime industry contributes £22.2bn to UK GDP and supports 500,000 jobs. Its sectors include shipping, ports, marine and business services; which together drive exports and inward investment, as well as remaining the fundamental enabler of trade in and out of this country.”

Source & for more info:
https://www.maritimeuk.org/news/news-maritime-uk-partners-exporting-great/

Calibrating your equipment annually or every 5 years? Regulation or recommendation?

We are often asked about calibration, why it is important, how often it should be done and why. The reason we know calibration to be important, and recommend its annual service is because our equipment is designed to improve safety and best practice, so ensuring the equipment used to conduct such inspections is necessary. But don’t just listen to us: our manufacturer’s recommendation is based on clear cut regulations. Under ISO 17025 standards for the calibration of any monitoring or measuring equipment, it must be at least once a year.

At Rolls Royce the test cell for their Trent XWB engines are calibrated every 3 months. In the gas industry, customers are recommended to calibrate their detectors every 6 months, especially if they are using them in confined spaces, in order to sure they are maintaining their accuracy as per technical specifications. There are serious consequences if customers do not value the understanding of their tools or equipment, which unfortunately renders them at risk.

But, what about 5 year calibration certificates? On calibration and as a manufacturer of quality, we are clear that it is unsound, unsafe and unprofessional to compete on calibration as some of our competitors are offering 5 year calibration certificates. We do not wish to contravene ISO 17025. Nor do we wish customers to believe that it is the manufacturer that dictates calibration standards, which is not the case. However, we do not force the customer do anything because it is up to their discretion – the key here is that we will not issue calibration certificates beyond a year.

When you buy from Coltraco, you have confidence in the longevity of your equipment, aided by our Coltraco Customer Care Commitment, including life-time support. In addition, we have set up ODA Service Centres worldwide, with more coming online in 2017, so you can send your equipment for its calibration locally. We always do something “over and above” to enhance the unit for customers and we have a wonderful reputation as a consequence.

For more information: ISO 17025 is an international standard for test and calibration labs. The manual is available online https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso-iec:17025:ed-2:v1:en.

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Join us at IMPA, London – Stnd 114

Join us at SMM, Hamburg – Hall B5 Stand 517

Coltraco North America in service with the US Navy & Royal Canadian Navy

We have a long history and good experience operating as Coltraco North America in the USA and Canada. We are proud of our relationships with leading navies worldwide, including the US and Canadian.

More than 20 years ago the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) purchased 110 Portalevel™ handheld ultrasonic liquid level indicator units. The US Navy ordered through Ascoa Fire Systems to meet their 1/8” accuracy requirement on testing the agent in High Pressure Halon systems.

More recently, we are delighted to announce that Portalevel™ is now in service with the Royal Canadian Navy. The units operate with their Atlantic and Pacific Naval Bases in Halifax and Vancouver.

We congratulate the team and wish the USN and RCN Fair winds and Calm seas.

Coltraco Speaking at Shanghai International Shipping Week September 2016

We have been kindly invited by the UK Government Department of International Trade and British Embassy Beijing to speak at the Shanghai International Shipping Week. We are very honoured. Our CEO is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, an Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Mr David Cao General Manager, Fire Safety, Coltraco in China, will be speaking at this landmark event.

Our New Marine Infographic – Aug 2016

Coltraco North America

We are pleased that our Customers for Coltraco North America can now call Tel 212-763-0081 for sales enquiries. Our Fire Safety Partner in the USA is SDi in New Jersey and our Marine Partner in the USA is Lea Machine in Florida.

Our New Portasteele™ Clean Agent Calculator Advert

Captain Amit Exhibiting at Fire Show in Ahmedabad

Our commitment to Coltraco in India continues and we will be at Fire South India in Chennai 21-22 September 2017.

Portalevel MAX Arrives in Mongolia & Detects Failed Cylinder at Sea – August 2016

We are pleased to announce that our first MAX unit arrives in Mongolia this month at a major customer protecting its server rooms and computer systems. Yesterday the Master of a military support ship emailed us to say : Just FYI, I purchased it and ABS required us to have some means of determining the level. It sat mostly unused for a couple of years until recently, when a more ambitious young officer pulled it out and used it to determine that a fixed fire system bottle for the galley deep fat fryer had failed. The fire fighting agent had dried and caked to the sides of the bottle, rendering it useless in the event of an emergency. Even the professional service companies failed to discover this failure during the annual inspections because the weight was not affected. Without the Portalevel™, it might have gone undetected until an actual emergency, at which time it would have failed with possibly disastrous consequences. Great piece of equipment!

Our Commitment to Korea

Mr Andrew our Head of Operations in Korea with Mr Sungkuk Hong, President of Wonwoo, who is both a certified fire protection professional engineer and a certified fire service professional engineer in Korea and our distributor in Korea for Portalevel MINI.

GM China Meets Guangzhou Telecom

We are committed to China and proud that Mr David Cao met with Guangzhou Telecom explaining our Triangle of Fire Safety in liquid level contents, pressure and weight/mass and testing 120 KG, 150 L cylinders of HFC227ea with Portalevel MAX.

Proud Members of the FSSA– August 2016

We are committed to the USA. The Board of the Fire Suppression Systems Association in the USA has kindly approved us for membership of the FSSA. Members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression. Special Hazards Can Be Defined As But Not Limited To: Any area containing equipment or processes of exceptionally high value containing unique or irreplaceable assets (Museums, Archives, Art Galleries, Records Storage) or process where the revenue produced or its function is of greater value than the equipment itself. A Special Hazard can be a building, an area, a room or a piece of equipment. Some examples of places where you would find special hazards include: data centres, telecommunications, power generation, manufacturing and testing facilities, machinery spaces, healthcare facilities and more. These areas are exceptionally challenging from a fire protection standpoint. The fire alarm and sprinkler systems we see every day may not be appropriate as the only line of defence. This where Special Hazard Fire Protection offers unique solutions and where Coltraco has a special and globally leading place in the monitoring of clean agent and water mist systems and the maintenance of any gaseous systems pipework.

New Portalevel™ Sensor Arriving Soon …

General Manager Fire Safety in China

Last week Mr David Cao visited the China Fire Protection Association, the Shanghai Fire Protection Association and Professor Xu, , General Manager and Owner of China’s first manufacturer of NOVEC™ 1230, a company which was started by Prof Xu’s Father who was formerly Shanghai’s Fire Chief.

New Multi-Directional Portascanner™ Generator Assembly

A new “flat pack” set of plates is available for surveyors wishing to make a multi-directional Portascanner™ Watertight Generator in compliance with DNV Rules. We have been pioneering watertight integrity monitoring since 1993, won a Safety at Sea nomination in 1994, RINA and ABS Type approval and this is one more modification for our customers.

World First – Portasphere™ Arrives – August 2016

Sam Watson Head of Research & Development says, “We are very proud. This is one of the most technologically advanced units we have produced and advances fire industry capabilities in a safe, reliable and easy to use format for work on NOVEC™, FM-200™ or Halons in spherical containers.” We wish our American Cousins all success with it.

New Portascanner™ ISO 14520 Advertisement – August 2016

Our Fire Safety Range

Carnival Cruises Fire Safety Contract

It is with pleasure that our USA Marine Sales partner and ODA Service Station Lea Machine Services Inc. have won a UL-listed & ABS-approved Portalevel™ MAX Marine contract to supply and maintain the Carnival Fleet of 25 Cruise vessels each varying in size from 70,000 to 120,000 dwt. Carnival account for 21% of the worldwide cruise market and we are grateful to Mr Toralf Lea and Mr William Jones of Lea Machine. We are proud to supply this significant order and to have enjoyed a 25 year relationship with sister company Alf Lea in Norway.

Exhibiting at Indonesia’ Building & Hotel Expo

It is with great pleasure that Mr Peter Petrus, our Indonesian Strategic Partner is kindly exhibiting this week. Meetings were held yesterday with Jakarta Fire & Rescue Services with Mr Steven Ooi, the Chairman of The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations - International.

Hand Media – Our Media Partner – July 2016

At the heart of our media relationships is the special one we enjoy with Hand Media, an innovative international publisher of a variety of magazines and media platforms. Over the years Hand Media have identified our growth as a technologies company engaged in the monitoring of clean agent extinguishing systems through International Fire Buyer. It is to Mr Chris Lingham to whom we thank for identifying and creating this opportunity and to Mr David Rossiter for creating the strategic opportunity between our organisations.

Mr David Rossiter, Managing Director and Owner of Hand Media Limited says, ‘As an independent global publisher we have the honour to represent ourselves to many clients in differing markets, one of our most valued relationships is with Coltraco Ultrasonics, a technologies company at the heart of monitoring clean agents in fire safety and marine and offshore structures, and with whom we have a close working relationship. As a business owner, it is these close business relationships that help form the bedrock upon which we build our business as we well as those of our clients … a true partnership. This is a key part of our business philosophy. We are delighted to have such a relationship with Coltraco and we are proud to be associated with their business.

Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics says, “We admire fine writing as a reflection of fine thought. Hand Media deliver this. To think clearly is the first step towards innovation. Whilst we are fortunate to be able to innovate, we need the means to communicate its achievement and value. As we become at the heart of monitoring clean agent suppression systems or Naval, marine and offshore structures, so too do we need to develop our Communications skills and capabilities to a level in which we can influence change and deliver Safesite™ facilities and Safeship™ environments. David Rossiter and his team are a shining example of excellence in publishing and we look forward to developing our relationship with Chris and David as we become an essential part of the customers we serve and the need to communicate with them, the industries that they are a part of and their Governments too.”

Our Strategic Fire Safety Partner in Australia

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mr Robin Sellar, Managing Director and Owner of Sicada Fire, as our Strategic Partner in Fire Safety in Australia. Essential elements of Robin’s success have been his ongoing commitment to superior and unparalleled customer service and the application of key principles of Safety, Integrity and Accountability. In 25 years Robin has led Sicada Fire to become one of Australia’s leading independent Fire Safety companies. Our CEO Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “We have been committed to serving the Australian market for 20 years, but with the development of an integrated range of products, systems and services we remain known for only a few of these. We are not yet at the heart of Australian clean agent monitoring or marine servicing and I am honoured and delighted to welcome Robin who will become the pivot around which our strategy in Australia will be implemented for both our fixed monitoring systems and our range of portable clean agent and ship structure monitoring solutions.”

Coltraco and The Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association

We are pleased to be active members of the The Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association (SSA) including Shipyards, Marine Equipment Manufacturers and research institutes. The SSA works with UK Government including UKTI, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and the Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) and Maritime UK. We thank Mr Gary Ball and Ms Laura Sherif for their support to us all.

Smart Technology for Clean Agent Monitoring

Fire & Marine Service Engineers need to be current, professional & accountable. Technology drives accountability and the era of integration is here and available now with the combination of Portatsteele™ Calculator converting UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX liquid level readings to Weight & Mass in a simple 7” tablet format.

Our Industrial Sector Range

SDi and Coltraco Teaming in the USA

Following meetings at FIREX 2016 in London and NFPA 2016 in Las Vegas it is with pleasure that we announce a unique agreement between SDi and Coltraco. SDi, LLC manufacture and distribute professional Test & Inspection Equipment for the Fire Detection Industry in the USA. Rick Hefferman CEO of SDi says, “SDi is delighted to be partnering with Coltraco Ultrasonics in the UK for the USA distribution of some of their key technologies. We look forward to working with a company that shares many of our core values and work ethos. We are quite sure that the innovative products Coltraco is allowing us to bring into our market will lay the foundation for a bright future”. The distribution agreement includes Permalevel™ Load Weigh, Portascanner™ for ISO14520 leak detection/room integrity testing, Portasteele™ Calculator, Portalevel™ Datalogger, Portalevel™ MINI, Portamonitor™ for fire pumps, Portagauge™ 4 for cylinder wall and pipework thickness and the Portapipe™ pipework integrity test indicator. Coltraco CEO Dr Hunter says, “In SDi we follow the great path that Rick and Bill Rossiter CEO of Detector Tester in the UK created 17 years ago in the USA for the-then No-Climb Products. We are proud and honoured to be working with Rick and Joe at SDi for this unique product mix and look forward to this exciting teaming with the fine company that SDi is.”

Fire Protection Association Members

We are proud to be active members of the FPA in the UK and thank Mr Mark Sennett for his kind support.

Portalevel™ in Italy with Ing. Alberto Faravelli

Our Country Manager in Italy testing liquefied clean agent suppression systems in Genoa

Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2016 Finalists

David Cao, our Chinese Fire Safety Partner, gives wonderful presentation to China Telecom - 11 July 2016

Our Strategic Partner and Future ODA Service Station in Greece

Our commitment to Europe continues. It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Mr Timos Vossos, Managing Director of Pronoia Limited as our Strategic Partner in Greece. Established in 1936 Pronoia is a leading fire safety company and will be managing distribution partners across both the Marine and the onshore Fire Safety sectors in Greece. Over time Pronoia will become our Greek installation partner for Permalevel™Multiplex and our ODA Service Station for our range of Portalevel™ MAX & Portascanner™ Watertight units. Greece is the 45th largest economy in the world, the 12th largest in the EU and has the largest commercial shipping fleet in the world. We warmly welcome Mr Vossos and his fine company.

CEO Elected Member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects

It is with pleasure that we announce that our CEO has been elected an associate Member of RINA. Founded in 1860 in London to, "advance the art and science of ship design" The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is a world-renowned and highly respected learned society and international professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of all marine vessels and structures. RINA has members in over ninety countries, and is widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations world-wide.

Our Strategic Fire Safety Partner in Indonesia

We have great pleasure in welcoming Mr Peter Placidus Petrus, our Strategic Fire Safety Partner in Indonesia and a fire industry professional who amongst other responsibilities in the fire industry include leadership roles at the Indonesian Fire Protection Association, the Indonesian Fire and Rescue Foundation and represents Indonesian interests at the Confederation of Fire Associations Asia, a body of leading fire protection organizations from the Asia Pacific Region that have joined forces to collectively direct their resources at reducing the global fire problem and increasing life safety. Peter will kindly manage our range of gaseous extinguishing system products and systems.

Indonesia is a G16 economy, has a population of 255m, a growth rate of approx. 5.5% and is the largest economy in SE Asia. India, China and Indonesia have the fastest growing economies in the G20. We are most fortunate in this strategic development. We warmly welcome Peter.

Portascanner™ ISO 14520 Door Fan & Room Integrity Leak Detection Testing:

identifying precise leak site locations and size using the Portascanner

CURRENT SITUATION: Before installing Clean Agent fire suppression systems the integrity of the building structure commonly undergoes “Door Fan Testing’. This test determines the Peak Pressure and Hold Time necessary for ensuring the effectiveness of these fire suppression systems. Recommended by NFPA 2001 and ISO 14520 standards to calculate the overall leakage of a room.

LIMITATIONS: Locating exact leak sites is currently done by a “puffer test” with smoke. However, such current methods do not provide precise, accurate results on leak location or size.

SOLUTION: Today, the industry can benefit from using the Portascanner Airtight Integrity Test Indicator alongside the Door Fan Testing for a complete and comprehensive regulatory room test. Ideal for precise leak detection, Portascanner™ is an exceptionally accurate (to 0.06mm) and fast method. It is the first of its kind, intuitive to use, non-invasive, and consequently, is of immediate use to the Fire Industry. Read more.

Portasphere™ is coming shortly ….

Our work at the heart of liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems continues. Mr Sam Watson says, “Portasphere™ is an intelligent designed unit with a clear colour backlit LCD display allowing the user to adjust settings to the particular Sphere under test, enabling users to operate quickly and efficiently in dark and confined spaces”.

Portalevel™ MAX Front Cover Article in International Fire Buyer !

Our first ever front cover with gratitude to the Editor of IFB ..

The Triangle of Room Integrity, Pipework, Tank Level & Tank Flow and Rotating Machinery Condition Monitoring

We are engaged in the the monitoring of the external and internal corrosion of pipework, the flow within them, the integrity of them, the leak-site identification in them and the condition monitoring of the machinery that drive the flow within and into them.

Permalevel™ Load Weigh

Our commitment to fixed monitoring continues. Permalevel™ Load weigh is a mechanical load weigh suspension system for CO2 cylinders with a counter-weight which remains perfectly balanced until CO2 agent loss occurs.

Gaseous Extinguishing Systems – Pressure Matters

We are dedicated to the design and manufacture of products and systems to monitor liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems, and converting these readings to ones of weight/mass. Pressure matters too.

Rosenbauer include Portalevel® in their catalogue

A fellow leading manufacturer in the fire safety industry, Rosenbauer are one of the three largest OEMs of fire trucks and vehicles based in Austria. We are pleased that they recognise the benefits of our Portalevel® and include it within their catalogue.

Fire Industry Association Export Council

We are proud members of the Export Council and extend our gratitude to Mr Ian Moore, CEO and Ms Tracy Kirk, Chairman of the FIA Export Council and Mr David Smih, Technical Manager.

FIREX London 2016 – Hand Media Publishing Group & Coltraco – 22 June 2016

We are proud partners with Hand Media Publishing. Owned by Mr David Rossiter and ably supported by the highly professional Mr Chris Lingham. Over many years we have experienced the excellence of Hand Media’s support, professional development and customer care. At FIREX London 2016 Hand Media kindly invited us to their reception in London. Minimising Risk in Gaseous Extinguishing Systems – IFB UK CEO Article. Click here to read full article...

USA Fire Sector Commending UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX

We go to great lengths to develop technology for the fire sector which is accurate and easy to use by fire service engineers. We are grateful to the following customer, “We bought a unit from you all, a Portalevel™ MAX and could not be any happier with the device. I will pass your name around. Thanks so much.”

Jim, Florida

Coltraco Fire Safety Partner in Nigeria

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Osagie Olaye, Managing Director of Sagola Environmental & Fire Safety Services Limited, as our Fire Safety Partner in Nigeria the world's 24th largest economy. Nigeria is predicted to have the most sustained growth rate of any world economy in 2010-2050 averaging 9-10% pa, the first country in the world to wholly repay its Paris Club foreign debt, the latest country in Africa to have eradicated Polio, the world's 12th largest oil producer, the 6th largest oil exporter and Member of the Commonwealth. We warmly welcome Mr Osagie Olaye.

Posidonia, Greece 6-9 June 2016

Miss Clare Hunter exhibited at Posidonia in Greece 6-9 June to meet our customers new and old, primarily in the shipping industry but also in fire safety and industrial sectors. We would like to thank the team at QControl Quality Solutions Ltd who extended wonderful Greek hospitality to us during the week. We will be releasing news about our new partners/distributors in Greece next month!

CEO Member of Senior Common Room at Hatfield College, Durham University

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our CEO, Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, has had the great honour of being made a Member of the Senior Common Room of Hatfield College, University of Durham by Professor Tim Burt, Master of Hatfield College. Vel Primus Vel cum Primis. The College motto can be translated as The First or One of the First.

US Bureau of Reclamation Power Plant Commends UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX

The Blue Mesa Power Plant in Colorado, operated by the US Bureau of Reclamation, consists of two 43,200-kilowatt generators, driven by two 41,500-horsepower turbines. Each turbine is designed to operate at a maximum head of about 360 feet. We are grateful to Mr Langley for the following commendation, “The Portalevel™ MAX is working great. Thanks for a fine product”.

Eric
Plant Mechanic
Blue Mesa Power Plant,
USA

Exhibiting at FIREX in London 21-23 June 2016

We exhibited last week at FIREX 2016 in London’s Excel, conducting the UK launch of Portasteele™ Calculator which converts liquid level readings to weight/mass in a simple tablet format (featured below) . We enjoyed meeting customers, distributors and leaders of some of our key partner companies. We wish to thank in particular Mr Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, Mr Mark Sennett of the FPA, Mr Bill Rossiter, CEO of Detector Testers, Mr Paul Pope, Apollo, Mr David Rossiter, CEO Hand Media, Mr Rick Hefferman, CEO SDI USA, Mr Stephen Gibson, MD GES and Mr Keith Goodall, MD FSL. We will shortly be announcing our UK Permalevel™ Multiplex Liquefied Gaseous Monitoring System installation partner.

AMTRAK High Speed Rail, Washington DC Recommends UL-listed Portalevel® MAX & Coltraco Customer Care

We are fortunate to have many customers who thank us and applaud our quality instrumentation and customer care; our thanks to Mr Ted of AMTRAK, Washington DC, USA for his kind comments.

“The Portalevel™ MAX instrument is top notch, by far the best in its class. Last month, we completed in time the fleet FE-13™ fire extinguisher cylinders annual verification. Smooth operation - no glitch, no problem to report.” In a message to our CEO this month :

“Dear Carl, I hope you are doing well. The Portalevel ultrasonic instruments perform nothing less than excellent ! Our technicians did not experience any glitch over the past two annual campaigns. We had one isolated incident where one FE-13™ cylinder was found empty during the central block overhaul; that bottle had been tested using the Portalevel™ instrument, a few months earlier, and – then – the suppressant agent level within the cylinder was found within limits. That cylinder was sent to the company that handles the refilling for us (a contractor), for investigation. Apparently, a leak developed, and the agent escaped the cylinder. I follow up Coltraco on Facebook – I am happy to see your company continues to extend and expand operations worldwide. Best wishes, Carl, and success in the future !

With respect,

Ted
Amtrak Human Capital
Manager, Technical Training & Development
High Speed Rail Division
Washington, DC”

Launching Portascanner™ Clean Agent Room Integrity Leak Detection at FIREX – June 2016

CSD Sealing Systems & Coltraco Ultrasonics Agreement

It is with great pleasure that Mr Peter Litchfield, Technical Sales Director, CSD Sealing Systems and our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter have agreed to work in mutual support of their joint interests in Portascanner™ Watertight and the RISE Multi-Cable Transit System used in the Royal Navy and UK MoD and to co-exhibit and share speaking opportunities at appropriate Naval and Marine conferences in the UK. RISE and SLIPSIL Sealing Plugs were selected by BAE Systems across six Type 45 ships with the products being used on all pipe and cable transits. The Type 45’s are some of the most powerful destroyers ever built for the Royal Navy, they can sail over 600 miles a day and operate around the globe. Work has also been carried out with BAE on the Astute SSN hunter-killer Submarine programme and on the new QEC Aircraft Carrier. BAE Systems is part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), which is responsible for delivering the QE Class to the Royal Navy, members of the alliance also include Babcock, Thales UK and the UK Ministry of Defence. CSD and the UK MoD use Portascanner™ Watertight in support of these programmes.

Triangle of Watertight Integrity Monitoring with Portable units & Fixed Systems

We are pleased to confirm that Portascanner™ Watertight now has its PDA certification and is on its way to full ABS Type Approval. We approach watertight integrity monitoring of commercial shipping, Naval vessels and Offshore oil and gas platforms in an integrated manner combining our portable units, semi-fixed and constant monitoring systems in the following manner :

New Product - Portasteele™ Calculator – Liquid Level Contents to Weight/Mass

As part of our core commitment to Science and specifically in liquefied Gaseous Extinguishing & Suppression Systems and after some very fine work by Mr Sam Watson, Head of Research & Development, Mr Henry Hunter and ably created and supported by Luke, Jade and Nicole we are delighted to announce the USA launch of Portasteele™ Calculator at the NFPA Show in Las Vegas this week.

Research Group Dinner – June 2016

Carl and Dorothy had the great pleasure of hosting a dinner for the extraordinary members of the Durham research group this week in the Senior Common Room of Hatfield College, Durham University. We wish to express our special thanks to Mary, Clare and Professor Tim Burt.

Coltraco in Singapore - Management Team

With great pleasure we announce that Mr Dennis Chua and Mr Wesley Ong join Head of Operations in Singapore, Mr Raphael J. Bringing their expertise in Marine & Offshore respectively we warmly welcome Dennis and Wesley. It is to Mr B H Tan to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude who met with our CEO over many years at our CEO’s “home from home” in Singapore, Raffles Hotel. Whilst writing we also wish to express our appreciation to Mrs Ann and Ms Clare, without whom this extraordinary development would not have been possible. We are committed to Asia and particularly to Singapore at its centre.

NFPA Expo Las Vegas USA 12-15 June 2016 - USA Launch of Portasteele Calculator

Mr George Hunter and Ms Karen Jones are exhibiting in Las Vegas at the NFPA Expo this week leading the formal USA launch of Portasteele™ Calculator to convert UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX liquid level readings to weight/mass.

Portapipe - Pipework Integrity Test Indicator

Coming Soon to test pipework corrosion …

Congratulations To Mr R. Gene House of San Francisco

We wish Mr Gene House a very Happy Birthday. Gene is an inspiration and guide to and closest friend of our CEO and his Family for many years. Carl says, “One of the many privileges we have is the opportunity that exist for us to develop and nurture our extraordinary young people. Gene has done this for many years and I am fortunate to him in enabling me to do this now. It is something for which I am exceptionally grateful. In this it is to Gene to whom we owe so much.”

Warship 2016 Advanced Technologies in Naval Design, Construction, & Operation – 10 June 2016

We will be presenting at the Warship International Conference – hosted by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects – 15-16 June 2016 in the Georgian city of Bath, UK. We will be joined by UK supplier CSD Sealing Systems. CSD use Portascanner™ Watertight NATO Stock No. 6625-99-257-8336 on the Royal Navy’s QEC Aircraft Carriers, Astute Class Submarines, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates and the Amphibious Landing Ship’s HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and will be co-presenting from the operational perspective. CSD Sealing System (UK) have specialised in the supply of technically advanced cable transits, flexible pipe penetrations and cable duct seals to the Royal Navy and BAE Systems who build over 90% of the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines, with global divisions to customers in over 100 countries. Since 1999 CSD have operated with BAE Systems on all of their major warship building programmes for the Royal Navy. CSD now have a specialist survey and installation team to reinstate and prove watertight and CBRN integrity.

Hong Kong Fire Services Department - Portalevel

Our commitment to Asia continues. We are pleased to confirm that the HKFSD mandates that every fire company in Hong Kong requires to have a Portalevel™ liquid level indicator as part of their licensing requirement in GENERAL SPECIFICATION FOR FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION. B5.8 GAS CYLINDERS A device shall be supplied and installed for measuring the amount of liquid in the cylinder at any time. This shall be done by a method which does not require the cylinder to be detached from the manifold. The contents of the cylinders may alternatively be checked by the use of a liquid level indicator of a type approved by the Architect. Portalevel™ is approved for use as it is a listed product just as it is in ISO 14520. Hong Kong means much to us. Our CEO used to live on the 26th floor of this building, occupying two sides of it indeed and, on a light-hearted note, is now a Senior Guest of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel after 25 years of staying there.

Portalevel Intrinsically Safe ATEX approved Zone 1 is Coming for Gas Carriers & Offshore

A glimpse of our forthcoming Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe unit for you …

Ms Jade O’Connor, Physicist and Chemist - Graduate of the Year

It is with great pleasure that Ms Jade O’Connor, reading Physics and Chemistry, has been awarded Graduate of the Year by the University for her work with us in 2015. Our CEO says, “I am delighted that Jade has been recognised by the University for her wonderful contribution across her Summer and Winter Internship with us. This is richly deserved, marking as it does achieving some Science of the highest order working with Mr Sam Watson and Ms Nicole Richardson. Jade is a leading Scientist of her gifted year and a very special, talented and capable person.”

Head of Marketing Quoted in Official IMPA Singapore 2016 Report

We are delighted that IMPA Singapore Official Report quotes from Ms Clare Hunter, Head of Marketing & Communications who also had the great honour of delivering a presentation to the delegates last month.

ABS Type Approval Track for Portascanner™ and Portalevel™ MAX - PDA Certification Issued

We have pleasure in announcing that on 1st June 2016 American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) issued our Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification. Our Manufacturers Assessment (MA) will follow shortly. Together PDA + MA = ABS Type Approval.

Introducing Ms Karin Singh – Asia Sales & Marketing

Our commitment to Asia continues and it is with great pleasure that Ms Karin Singh is joining us. Formerly of Air India and with a wealth of professional experience in Customer Relationship Management and brand development, Ms Singh will kindly support Captain Amit and our Sales Team in the development of the non-marine sectors in India and Sri Lanka. It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a larger role within our Asia strategy over time.

Fire Industry Association and Coltraco Ultrasonics

It is with great pleasure that we are an active member of the FIA. Participating in the Export Council and a Working Group we believe strongly in the calibre and quality of the organisation and thank Mr Ian Moore, Chief Executive of the FIA for his encouragement and support.

Hampton is by the River Thames in Middlesex.

Society of Maritime Industries Reception for our Defence & Naval Attaches and Advisors in London

Our CEO had the great pleasure of being invited by the Society of Maritime Industries to a reception of our overseas Naval Attaches and Commonwealth Naval Advisers held in the Court Room of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners aboard the HQS Wellington on the River Thames in London yesterday.

We wish to express our appreciation to Mr John Murray, Chief Executive and Ms Clementina for kindly arranging the event and to Ms Clare Hunter for enabling our association with the SMI.

Smart Monitoring of Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems 24/7

Permalevel Multiplex enables the “smart cylinder”. But it also provides a “smart, integrated and networked capability” to the asset, its extinguishing system and its fire alarm and detection system too ..

Coltraco Fire Safety Partner in Nigeria

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Osagie Olaye, Managing Director of Sagola Environmental & Fire Safety Services Limited, as our Fire Safety Partner in Nigeria the world’s 24th largest economy. Nigeria is predicted to have the most sustained growth rate of any world economy in 2010-2050 averaging 9-10% pa, the first country in the world to wholly repay its Paris Club foreign debt, the latest country in Africa to have eradicated Polio, the world’s 12th largest oil producer, the 6th largest oil exporter and Member of the Commonwealth. We warmly welcome Mr Osagie Olaye.

Our Marine and Offshore Oil & Gas Partner in Malaysia

It is with pleasure that Mr Jimmy Wong, Managing Director of Keisha Marine and our Marine Partner is now also our exclusive Oil and Gas Partner in Malaysia. We are grateful to be able to grow this relationship with the astute and dynamic man that Mr Jimmy Wong and his team in the wonderful country that Malaysia is.

Managing Ungoverned Space in the Fire Industry – Fire & Safety CEO Article

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Minimising Risk in Gaseous Extinguishing Systems – IFB UK CEO Article

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Exhibiting at NAFED Indianapolis Conference 12-14 May 2016

Our Director of Sales was delighted to exhibit at the 3rd NAFED Show this year in Indianapolis. Aside from meeting our friends and customers at the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors conference, he took some time to visit the Fire Museum and explore the beautiful city of Indianapolis. We feel privileged to join our fellow members at these shows this year and become integrated into the Association. Our Safesite® Mission leads us to become embedded at the centre of the industry, learning from peers and working to implement the regulations to see how they can be improved to benefit the safety of us all, as well as protect assets and facilities.We are also pleased to be growing our USA base of customers and developing our network of distributors across the United States. We will be back for the NFPA Expo in June 12-16 June in Las Vegas to consolidate this further.

Clean Extinguishing Agents – The Triangle of Clean Agent Monitoring

CO2, NOVEC™ 1230 and HFC-227ea (FM-200™) and Inert Gases are the principal suppressant gases which the fire industry and Coltraco Ultrasonics work with in terms of monitoring. We are seeing an increase in the design, installation and commissioning of gaseous extinguishing systems containing NOVEC™ 1230, a decrease in HFC-227 ea/FM-200™, a slight increase in CO2 and a steady use of Inert Gases. Our effort is to design and deliver the following “Triangle of Clean Agent Monitoring”. Portalevel™ MAX and Permalevel™ Multiplex monitor and measure contents, and Portasteele™ Calculator is coming soon to establish the weight and mass of clean agents..

Portascanner™ Watertight in Shipping – May 2016

As we near completion of full Type Approval with a major Classification Society it is worth summarising the variants of this world-leading unit for :

  • Hatch-Covers
  • Multiple Cable Transits
  • Watertight Compartment Doors
  • Naval surface vessel Operational Citadels

Captain J. F. Holmes, Master Mariner and a leading UK Marine Surveyor writes, “Having recently returned our PORTASCANNER™ II unit for servicing and calibration, we are extremely pleased. The Company brought the unit, carriage and storage container back up to an operational condition, in a time-sensitive and timely manner. The unit undergoes a hard life in a tough environment. Our unit performs well during the entire period of use, proves rugged and the added bonus from the unit's return is the updated [Decibel and Linear] readout and software which permits a more definitive execution of the reporting and documentation when on site, testing weather deck closing devices. Our dealings with the Coltraco Management and Servicing Team has been a gratifying experience; the updated PORTASCANNER II unit will continue to give us the professional edge to offer a complete service to Ship Owners and Time Charterers and other interested parties in the protection of transporting their commodities for years to come”.

With kind regards
Captain J. F. Holmes

 

Coltraco Distributor in Albania Announcement

It is our pleasure to announce that Mr Argus Xoxi, Managing Director of Novtaki has been appointed our Distributor of Portalevel™ MAX and Permalevel™ Multiplex in Albania. Working with Mr Lubomir Ernst, Regional Director this is part of a regional plan in Central & Eastern Europe. We warmly welcome Mr Argus.

Coltraco Finalist in Seatrade Maritime Safety Awards Asia – May 2016

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted alongside Fleet Management Limited and Pacific Basin Shipping for the Seatrade Maritime Asia Safety Award. We express our gratitude to Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia for recognising our innovation and commitment to improving safety at sea via Portasteele™ Calculator – in tandem with Portalevel® MAX - which enables a ships crew to calculate the CO2 and other extinguishing agent mass and weight from its liquid level readings for the first time. Fire safety at sea is a critical issue; it is an area in which we provide simple, ergonomic and reliable solutions designed so that ships can improve on-board fire safety management in accordance with the IMO SOLAS FSS Code.

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Coltraco CEO Speaks at London Exporting Conference May 2016

At London’s Excel Conference Centre last week our CEO presented to Green Light for Export , the Institute of Export’s conference in conjunction with International Trade Magazine. We greatly thank Mr Chris Lingham of First Hand Media and Publisher Mr David Rossiter for this opportunity.

IMPA 2016 in Singapore – 17-18 May 2016

Our Head of Marketing & Communications, Ms Clare Hunter is at IMPA Singapore ! The International Marine Purchasing Association was established in London in 1978 by a group of senior shipping executives to represent the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping and promote close co-operation and understanding between buyer and supplier now representing over 700 members from across the world; ship owners, operators, ship managers and ship suppliers. Coltraco is a proud IMPA Member and Portamarine™ and Portascanner™ Watertight are in the Marine Stores Guide with IMPA part numbers. Ms Clare is exhibiting with Mr Raphael J, Head of Operations in Singapore.

Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dauntless at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth

Our commitment to the Royal Navy is absolute and our core products Portalevel™ MAX, Portascanner™ Watertight, Portamarine™ & Portagauge™ are all with NATO Stock Nos. and the company with a UK Government Cage Code

Portagauge™ Marine & Fire Safety Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges

Our single-echo Portagauge™ 3 has been in service and upgraded many times for 20 years. Known as the “low cost Marine Superintendents Thickness Gauge” it is widely used in the shipping industry. Small, hand-held, highly versatile and accurate it is now joined by the multiple-echo metal-only Portagauge™ 4 – so that it takes only the metal reading not its coating as well. We now have a range of ultrasonic sensors to work aboard ships but also to test wall-corrosion of fire safety cylinders and gaseous fire extinguishing and fire sprinkler pipework so that testing can take place cleanly and non-invasively, without disturbing the system.

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Portaleak™ Ultrasonic Leak Detector & Portascanner™ Evidential Coming Soon …

Our Portascanner™ Watertight package will shortly be available with optional accessories including Portaleak™ a portable ultrasonic leak detector for gas leak detection & Portascanner™ Evidential for the recording of Portascanner™ Watertight readings. Together with Portamonitor™ Bearing Indicator this will provide a complete array of capability for watertight integrity testing of ships and offshore platform watertight compartment doors, hatch-covers and multiple cable transit areas – offering dual Decibel and mathematically Linear displays – the first of its type in the world - plus condition monitoring.

New Portascanner™ Watertight Advertisement

Our New Portamonitor™ Bearing Indicator Shipping Advertisement

Welcoming Mr M I Hashmi to MAB Group our Strategic Fire Safety Partner in Pakistan

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mr M I Hashmi who has been appointed by the Chairman as Sales and Marketing Manager to market the Coltraco range of products and systems in Pakistan. MAB Group of Companies are based in Karachi with offices throughout Pakistan, and are our Permalevel™ Multiplex strategic partners and authorised distributor in Pakistan for our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX and its marine variant Portalevel™ MAX Marine. Permalevel™ Multiplex is a dedicated 24/7 continuous monitoring system for liquefied fixed gas suppression systems designed for high value asset installations where the need for business continuity, remote monitoring and remote diagnostics of the asset fire extinguishing system is critical. We have had the honour of knowing Captain Syed Ali, Chairman and Master Mariner for 25 years. We look forward to working closely with Mr Hashmi and offer our kindest compliments to Captain Syed and his family. It is hoped that MAB Group will become operational as our ODA Service Station later in 2016 to enable repairs and calibration to be conducted in Pakistan. MAB Group customers include Nokia, Nortel, Comstar, Huawei, Warid Telecom, Mobilink, UBL and PakChina Mobile.

Certificates of Trademark Registration in China

It is with great pleasure that we have received Certificates of Trademark Registration for our constant monitoring system for liquefied gaseous fixed fire extinguishing systems such as CO2, FM-200™ & NOVEC™ 1230, HFC-225 & 227 - Permalevel™ - and for our constant monitoring system of ships and offshore platform watertight integrity - Permascanner™ - from the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. Coltraco Ultrasonics Limited is committed to Asia and China is a key strategic partner in the region. We are highly grateful to Ms Clare for her dedication on IP, Ms Kris for her support and to Mr David for being our General Manager Fire Safety in China and to Ms Cindy for being our Marine Partner in China. Jinnah once said, “No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men”. Nehru once said, “Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognised, ultimately bears fruit”. We are grateful for our understanding of Asia and on this special day, to China.

Mr William Marie Chong – Inspiration in Asia

We have a globally recognised commitment to Asia. What is less well-known is the inspiration provided to our CEO Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter by William Marie Chong in Singapore. We warmly congratulate Mr Chong for the conferment upon him of the Surakarta Royal Nobility Title, Kanjeng Raden Aryo William Marie Chong Adinagoro. We take this opportunity to offer our best wishes to Mr Chong, his Family and his extraordinary, kind and capable Team in Singapore.

New Portamarine™ Ships Liquid Level Indicator – Just Smaller !

Our new Portamarine™ liquid level indicator is the smallest in the world. Truly hand-held. Truly accurate. IMO SOLAS and MED compliant. Designed for 2-3-4 banked rows of CO2 cylinders on-board ships. IMPA P/N 652777

Portalevel MAX Arrives in Slovakia

It is with great pleasure that our UL-approved PortalevelMAX is now in service in Slovakia and being distributed in the Czech Republic, Eastern & Central Europe. We thank Mr Lubomir Ernst, Regional Director, for his wonderful work in the region. We thought we might share these pictures of the unit in this wonderful country.

Exhibiting at IMPA Singapore 17-18 May 2016

Ms Clare Hunter, Head of Marketing & Communications will be leading our exhibition at IMPA Singapore 17-18 May at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel this month with our Head of Operations Singapore, Mr Raphael J.

Head of Operations in Korea Visits Coltraco Distributors at International Fire Expo 2016 Daegu Metropolitan City

As part of our commitment to Asia, Korea is a strategic market for us in Fire Safety and Marine. Our Head of Operations in Korea and industry veteran Mr Andrew Kim is at the core of our success in Korea across both our ultrasonic and highly capable Permalevel™ Multiplex & mechanical Permalevel™ Loadweigh fixed monitoring system for CO2, FM-200™ and NOVEC™ 1230 with L&P Korea as well as our Portalevel™ MAX portable liquid level indicators with KEI, Portalevel™ Original with B-I Industrial and Portalevel™ Standard with Tyco Marine and Poratlevel™ MINI with Wonwoo. We have connections to Korea going back 30 years when our CEO visited the British Gurkha Contingent of the UN Honour Guard in Korea and our business over 25 years serving the Korean shipbuilding and fire sectors. We wish to express our gratitude to Mr Andrew Kim, our customers, distributors in Korea.

Exhibiting at the FIA’s FIM Expo in Leeds, UK 27 April 2016

Meeting industry friends from across the FIA membership, and longstanding users and customers such as Cormeton Fire, our Director of Sales and Chief Executive Officer exhibited with 27 other UK companies and attended a wonderful presentation by Mr Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA. With 90% of our output being exported, for so many years we have exhibited overseas but this was the first time we have exhibited at an exclusively British show and a great pleasure it was too. Held at the famous Elland Road stadium of Leeds United Football Club this brought back happy memories of Leeds going to Wembley and grand to be at one England’s great cities. We look forward to continuing to supporting the FIA.

CEO at the House of Commons

This week our CEO Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter had the great honour of attending the Fire Industry Association’s 100th Anniversary at the House of Commons. Kindly hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fire Safety & Rescue our CEO comments, “It is our great pleasure to be an active member of the FIA and I am most grateful to Mr Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA for so kindly inviting us. we look forward to supporting the FIA Export Council and Working Groups in the future. There remain “ungoverned spaces” in fire safety and we aim to play our full part as a subject matter expert in some of them. Parliament has over 800 years developed a dualist tradition in which a treaty ratified by the Government does not alter the laws of the country until it is incorporated into English law by legislation. This is a constitutional requirement. I am honoured to be here in the House of Commons today.”

 

Breaking News: Multiple System Failures Caused Engine Room Fire Aboard Bulk Carrier

TEXT Source: ATSB Halon System Fails to Fully Discharge - Room Ineffectively Sealed - Maintenance Faulted

SAFETY4SEA

ATSB has issued report regarding a fire which started in the engine room of the bulk carrier Marigold, while it was loading a cargo of iron ore in Port Hedland, Western Australia. Firefighting by the ship's crew included activating the Halon gas fixed fire suppression system for the engine room. However, a full release of Halon gas did not occur, nor was the engine room effectively sealed. Consequently, the fire continued for about 12 hours until it burnt itself out.

The ATSB determined that the fire began on Marigold's number one generator after a fuel oil pipe fitting on it failed. The resulting spray of fuel oil likely contacted a hot surface on the generator and ignited. The deployment of the ship's Halon gas fixed fire suppression system was ineffective, as a full release of Halon gas did not occur and the engine room was not effectively sealed.

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Exhibiting at the FIA’s FIM Expo in Leeds, UK this Wednesday 27 April 2016

Ace International, Japan – Partners for Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and Coast Guard of Japan

We are proud and honoured to announce that Ace International Trade Company are our exclusive partner for MOL, the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the Coast Guard of Japan. We wish to express our gratitude to Ace International’s esteemed Chairman Mr Shibasaki san and President Mr Matsuzaki san and to Mr Hamada san, Mr Takato san, Mr Yamaguchi san and to Mr Tagamori san. Our core products are technological solutions to watertight integrity monitoring and fire suppression system contents monitoring.. Our technology can be used simply, cleanly and most accurately when vessels are alongside and at sea to deliver our “safety first” Safeship™ concept. We are committed to working in the extraordinary and special country that Japan is.

On the Occasion of the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We wish to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April 2016. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s longest reigning Monarch, surpassing Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years. Many years ago our CEO had the great pleasure of escorting Anne the Princess Royal in her capacity as Chairman of Save the Children touring the Vietnamese Boat People transit camps in Hong Kong. The Queen was Colonel-in-Chief of his Regiment the Royal Green Jackets. We thank Her Majesty for serving as Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth. We have the Honour to Remain your faithful subjects.

Visiting our Japanese Partners & Exhibiting in Tokyo at Sea Japan International Maritime – April 2016

Our Director of Sales, Mr George Hunter, is in Tokyo, Japan this week visiting our Shipping customers, Fire Safety and Marine Partners in Japan and following the visit by Head of Research & Development, Mr Sam Watson in 2015. We see great opportunities between our countries. Both the UK and Japan are maritime nations, island countries in proximity to large continents and at the centre of technical innovation, technological leadership and global trade. Both countries are constitutional monarchies and of similar geographical size, share similar northern seasonal climates and are mutually equidistant from Eurasia. Perhaps most importantly both share an adherence to propriety in social and business relationships. We are proud to be meeting with our longstanding partners DKSH, Ace International , Nichibou and exhibiting with Fuji Trading at the Sea Japan International Maritime Exhibition & Conference 2016 this week.

Success in China Continues: Protecting Coltraco Intellectual Property in Chinese Courts – April 2016

We are committed to exporting to China, working with Chinese partners and proud to announce that we have just won a Chinese legal case in Beijing to protect our IP. We achieved this with the help and guidance of a fine Chinese Attorney identified with the kind and valued assistance of the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Beijing.

We are pleased to overcome these issues to aid our sales and promotion in China. We encourage other British companies to work with UKTI and the UK Department of Business, Innovation & Skills to engage with professional, dynamic and proactive local lawyers at such times; this case happily demonstrates that Chinese law can protect British IP in China.

Releasing our New Portalevel™ Advert from the Marketing team – April 2016

With Spring beginning in England Clare and the Marketing team have designed this new advert which will be showing shortly in the leading fire trade publications :

UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX - Chinese Version Available Now – April 2016

Coltraco Ultrasonics is pleased to announce the release of the Portalevel Max now available with dual language controls in English and Chinese.China is an exciting market, and Coltraco Ultrasonics values greatly the hard work of our partners in this part of the world. Furthermore, we recognise that to continue to support them and all our Chinese speaking customers, providing accurate and quality translations is essential, not only of our equipment manuals but also direct to the equipment controls.

Accident Analysis: Talk about Bangkok Siam Commercial Bank Building fire extinguishing system of the accident March 13 – Article written by our Chinese Fire Safety Partner

All credit to Mr David Cao, our Fire Safety Partner in China for his article following the fire outbreak in Siam Bank in March. Mr Cao writes his views on the incident, on fire safety in more general terms and extols the advantages that Portalevel® MAX offers to fire safety management regimes. Mr Cao’s article has been re-published by 20 different Fire Brigades in China, including the Chinese Government Fire Department of Ministry of Public Security’s “China Fire” WeChat account and over 50,000 people have read his post.

Follow us on LinkedIn & Facebook for regular updates & for our Chinese customers, Mr Cao is on WeChat “36safety£.

Find below summary of Mr Cao’s article or Click Here to read the article in full.

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Exhibiting at NAFED USA Conferences in Las Vegas & Atlantic City April 2016

George our Director of Sales exhibited at the NAFED Conference in Las Vegas last month and Henry, Technical Sales Manager, will exhibit at NAFED Atlantic City later this week. We are grateful to the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors in the USA for this opportunity and are proud to be a NAFED Member organisation.

First customer in Myanmar – now selling to 107 countries

We are delighted to announce our first customer in Myanmar. We are pleased to say that our Portalevel® has been delivered to a 5 star luxury hotel to support their fire safety management system.

Proud members of the Society of Maritime Industries, UK

We are proud to be members of the Society of Maritime Industries, UK. Thanks to the SMI we enjoyed participating at Marintec in China in December 2015 and more recently at Asia Pacific Maritime in Singapore in March 2016. It is a pleasure to work with the SMI. Please do see our profile on their website.

Committed to Training

We are proud of our commitment to training, technical and spares support. We train servicing teams and marine engineers around the world. In particular we are proud of our commitment to train customers in over 100 countries.

Introducing Mr Raphael Francis J - Head Of Operations – Singapore

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce and introduce Mr Raphael Francis as Coltraco’s Head of Operations in Singapore. Raphael has nearly 20 years experience in precision process engineering focusing on instrumentation technology with particular emphasis on continuous monitoring systems for airborne particulate, dew point, humidity, air and water flow, velocity, pressure, temperature, total organic carbons, pH, conductivity and resistivity parameters.

Raphael has considerable technology and instrumentation experience in the aerospace, defence, hospitals and buildings, infrastructure, transportation, marine, ship building, oil and gas, petrol chemical plants and pharmaceutical and advanced engineering, process and manufacturing sectors. Coltraco is committed to Singapore and the ASEAN region and Raphael will assume a strategic role in the development and support of our customer markets there.

We warmly welcome Mr Raphael to Coltraco in Singapore.

Proud to Support the Indian Coast Guard

In co-operation with our Marine Partners in India, Navicom, we are pleased to announce the first fleet supply of Portascanner™ Watertight to the Indian Coast Guard for their new fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessel’s built by Goa Shipyard Limited and delivering 2016-17.

The fleet of 105 ¬metre new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel’s (OPV’s), increase the Coast Guard's requirements for policing of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and support other Coast Guard functions in search and rescue, pollution control, ocean surveillance and the monitoring of sea lanes of communication, a GSL release said. The vessels are also capable of supporting embarkation of India’s indigenously designed Advanced Light Helicopter.

Exhibiting at Asia Pacific Maritime Conference, Singapore 16-18 March 2016

It is with great pleasure that our Head of Marketing, Clare Hunter, is exhibiting and speaking at the conference this week in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands with Mr Raphael , Ms Ann, Mr Royle, Ms Gina and Mr Boon who are our partners and ODA Service Centre in Singapore. We are very grateful to the British Society of Maritime Industries for their support to us all.

Elcome International Approved as ODA Service Centre Dubai, UAE

Elcome International, the leading marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East has been appointed an authorized ODAService Center for Coltraco’s Portalevel™ MAX and Portascanner™ ultrasonic products at its headquarters facility in Dubai, UAE. “As an approved Coltraco ODA service station, we will provide annual re-calibration and first-line repairs at our technology centre in Dubai,” says Mr Prasanth Gopalakrishnan, Deputy General Manager Elcome International. “We are moving quickly to establish a team of factory-trained service engineers for the Coltraco products.”

“I warmly welcome Elcome who joins our growing network of Coltraco ODA Service Stations at strategic locations around the world,” said Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics. “Elcome will enable us to provide prompt and efficient recalibration services and repairs for our products, in line with BS EN ISO 17025, the highest standard for calibration whilst minimizing downtime for our customers. We have been committed to the GCC for 25 years and look to it as a region of strategic significance and to its future with great confidence. We are wholly committed to the delivery and support of leading technologies to the Marine, Offshore and Naval sectors throughout the GCC countries.”

Elcome services over 600 vessels per month in the Arabian Gulf alone. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 by DNV.

FIA Export Council Meeting – March 2016

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the FIA and we wish to express our appreciation to Ms Tracy Kirk, Chairman of the Export Council and to Mr Ian Moore the Chief Executive of the FIA for kindly inviting us to this meeting which our CEO attended. We export over 85% of its output to 106 countries.

Annual Dinner of the Institute of Marine Engineers

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) will hold its Annual Dinner on Friday 18 March 2016 at the Guildhall in the City of London, bringing together 500 Marine Engineers, Master Mariners, Scientists and Technologists involved in the marine industry, from above water to subsea. Our CEO is a Fellow of the Institute and this year Coltraco Ultrasonics are proudly sponsoring the Dinner alongside Lloyds Register, Harris Pye, Wartsila, Bureau Veritas, and Brookes Bell and which Dorothy and Carl will attend with great pleasure.

Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe ATEX approved Zone 1 is Coming

A glimpse of our forthcoming Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe unit for you …

Exhibiting at Asia Pacific Maritime, Singapore 16-18 March 2016

We are exhibiting in Singapore this week at APM 2016 Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Stand E-L11 in the UK Pavilion

Portalevel™ Datalogger – a 1,000 Cylinder Reading Record & Download Capability

We are proud to announce Portalevel™ Datalogger is now available in two configurations - Portalevel™ Datalogger for land-based applications and Portalevel™ Datalogger Marine which is fitted with a multi-bank Marine Extension Rod for 2-3-4 banked rows of cylinders. Allowing fire and marine servicing teams to input up to 1,000 cylinder readings and to download them to a PC.

International Women’s Day 8th March 2016

We are committed to equal pay and equal opportunities. Gender parity is promoted and we celebrate it. Women develop their roles to challenge themselves and utilise their skill sets to the advantage of the company and themselves and operate at all levels within the company.

Our Strategic Fire Safety Partner in India, Captain Amit Mehotra , celebrated Women’s Day in India on Sunday by sponsoring the Western Indian Automobile Association Car Rally. Captain Amit champions women in business saying, “India needs more women in business as they are the architects of society”.

Portalevel™ MAX Arrives in Iceland

It is with great pleasure that our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX is now in service in Iceland with a major telecommunications, mobile phone operator and data centre provider. We thought you might like to see it “at home” in wonderful Iceland

Russian Register of Shipping Approval

 

Meeting Mr Lubomir Ernst Regional Director Eastern & Central Europe in Bratislava – Feb 2016

It was with great pleasure that our CEO met Mr Lubomir Ernst, Regional Director Eastern & Central Europe in Bratislava last month. Dorothy and Carl enjoyed a fine meeting with the wonderful couple who Lubomir and Bronislava are and set our course to develop our business across our range of portable products and fixed monitoring systems across the region and launching the new website there www.portalevel.sk which is now live. We look forward to future meetings in Banski Bystrica.

New Shipping Advertisement

With Portamonitor™ bearing indicator being our first product dedicated to a vessel’s engine room, electrical and auxiliary machinery our Head of Marketing Clare has produced the following :

Exhibitions & Conferences March to April 2016

Our New Permalevel™ Multiplex Advert

The Integrity of Science & Engineering at our Core

We design and manufacture Safesite™ & Safeship™ technologies to enhance safety at customer critical infrastructure on land & at sea . This is enabled by developing great Science. As our Head of Research & Development, Mr Sam Watson remarks, “Physics leads our ability to conduct Engineering.” We are fortunate to have some fine Scientists around us, but in this we would like to pay tribute to Jade, Nicole and Luke for their extraordinary work on Permalevel™ Multiplex and also in the forthcoming Portasteele™ Calculator which will provide Fire Engineers with a simple tablet to establish level height and mass/weight of suppressants simultaneously. We look for very special people at Coltraco Ultrasonics who believe in the integrity of great Science and who enable the great Engineers around us to develop the leading products and systems we build – and which operate to deliver safety for our customers on land and at sea – but our Scientists work within and around our commercial teams so that the Science they work on becomes applied. It also means they have a range of interests. This watercolour was painted by Sadie who is also a Physicist.

Proud to be NFPA Members 2016

Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe Zone 1 is Coming

Based on our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX technology we are pleased to confirm that our certification track is now clear. We aim to be able to serve civil and military aerospace in the future.

Business in Bangladesh

We are committed to supporting business in Bangladesh and have great pleasure in announcing our Distributor into the Oil & Gas sector as Mr Rashidul Haque Managing Director of Sidney International in Dhaka.

IMPA Members

We are proud to be a Supplier Member of IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association). We will be exhibiting at IMPA Singapore and IMPA London this year too. Our top marine products are listed in the Marine Stores Guide:

  • Portascanner™ Watertightp/n 652778
  • Portalevel™ MAX Marine p/n 652776
  • Portamarine™ p/n 652777

We are proud to be members of the VFDB (German Fire Protection Association) 2015

Permalevel™ Multiplex & Remote Monitoring of High-Rise Tower Buildings Fire Systems – February 2016

We are proud to announce that our units are in service in The Shard. London’s tallest building and a 95 storey skyscraper measuring 310 metres high.

Coltraco Exhibiting in Las Vegas, Singapore, Melbourne and Tokyo – February 2016

Next month we will be exhibiting at NAFED in Las Vegas, USA 03-04 March and Asia Pacific Maritime in Singapore 16-18 March. In April we will be exhibiting at Sea Japan in Tokyo and in May 2016 in Melbourne at Fire Australia

Portascanner™ Watertight ODA Service Centre in Singapore – February 2016

Our ODA Service Centre in Singapore is UKAS and Lloyds Register accredited and is now authorised to calibrate and repair Portascanner™ Watertight as well as our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX. We are proud to be working with Key Solutions who will be joining our Head of Marketing at Asia Pacific Maritime at the Marine Bay Sands 16-18 March 2016.

New ODA Service Station in Dubai

It is with great pleasure that we are shortly to announce the appointment of our new ODA Service Centre in Dubai UAE for Portalevel™ MAX and Portascanner™ Watertight.

Portamonitor™ Bearing Indicator New Operating Instructions

Portamonitor™ is now in service with shipping companies for bearing and rotating machinery indication. A palm-sized unit we have also now launched our new Operating Instructions in a gloss white “pull-out” pocket-sized format. We have taken advice from former Chief Engineers and are proud that this product adds depth to our Marine Product Range and enables Vessel and Fleet Managers a range of products for the Deck in Portascanner™ Watertight and Portagauge™, the CO2 Room with Portamarine™ and the Engine Room with Portamonitor™. Our new Zone 1 ATEX-approved Portalevel™ Intrinsically Safe will be available shortly and is based on our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX Marine and designed for Gas Carrier’s NOVEC™ 1230 fire suppression systems.

Interesting article from Chemours™ on IFP: “Mission Critical Facilities are not exempt from fire”

Visiting Trinidad and Tobago – January 2016

It is with great pleasure that our Head of Marketing & Communications, Clare Hunter has been visiting Partners and Customers in Trinidad last week. Coltraco are proud of our links to the Commonwealth and grateful to our many customers and for their support to us over 25 years.

Our Fire Safety Partner in Trinidad, Mr Ian Cole of Cole and Associates, and a Fire industry professional of international standing, has known our company for over 20 years and was our first customer in the West Indies for our original Portalevel™. We look forward to working with Ian, Vicki, Jason and the Cole team across our Permalevel™ Multiplex and UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX across FM-200™, NOVEC™ 1230 and CO2 applications and look forward to Cole & Associates becoming our ODA Service Centre in Trinidad and working alongside us managing our valued fire distribution partners in Trinidad. Clare visited our future our Marine Partners in Trinidad, meeting Mr John Lange, Mark, Ian, Dara and the team from Marine Consultants (Trinidad) Limited. We warmly welcome this exciting relationship. The friendships Clare has made in Trinidad are ones we value and we look forward to a strategic future between our companies in Trinidad and the United Kingdom.

Chinese Year of the Monkey

 

值此新春佳节之际,Coltraco Ultrasonics公司祝您春节快乐。祝您在新的一年里工作顺利,家庭美满,身体健康,万事如意!

During this special time, Coltraco Ultrasonics is here to wish you a happy Chinese New Year. Best wishes to you and your family. Hope that everything goes well with your work and health. May all go well with you!

Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London – 26-27 January 2016

We were honoured to be invited by RINA in London to give a presentation on Continuous Monitoring of Ships Watertight Integrity this week. As we develop our Portascanner™ Watertight product to our semi-continuous monitoring system Permascanner™ Hi-Life and on to 24/7 monitoring of ships hatch covers and offshore watertight compartment doors with Permascanner™ Dynamic we thank the Officers and Staff of RINA for this opportunity.

Portalevel™ - United States Patent and Trademark Office January 2016

It is with great pleasure that we have received the following from the USA Patent Office

Middle East Fuji - Marine Partner in the Middle East

It is with great pleasure that Middle East Fuji are our Marine Partner in the Middle East for Portascanner™ Watertight, Portamarine™, Portalevel™ MAX Marine, Portamonitor™ & Permascanner™ Watertight Dynamic. George Hunter, Director of Sales and our CEO spent last week with Captain Machado visiting Shipping & Ship Management customers in Dubai.

Captain Peter Machado COO of Middle East Fuji is an industry veteran and Master Mariner and was also one of our first Fleet users of Portascanner™ Watertight when he was with Kuwait Livestock and Trading. Captain Peter says, “COLTRACO’s Portascanner™ is the product that I am happy to endorse having used the product for many years in the challenging environment of large livestock carriers. Older ship conversions tended to be multipurpose 'tween deckers and reefer ships and in one unique case, a passenger ship. Watertight integrity was and remains critical as the most recent conversions have been car carriers, container ships and tankers. Portascanner™ is portable, easy to carry and use, and more importantly, very efficient. It is a rugged piece of equipment that actually does the job. Aspects that nudged me towards Portascanner™ include purchase price at good value, good warranty terms, the availability of spares and service stations at major hub ports”.

George says, “Captain Peter epitomises all we look for at Coltraco in a Marine Partner. A man of great kindness, honour and integrity. It is our great pleasure to work with this exceptional man and this fine global marine company, particularly now that we have our IMPA part numbers for which we are most grateful to the International Marine Purchasing Association”. Our CEO says, “Peter is a remarkable man, humble, modest and highly capable. As George rightly says, it is our great honour to work with Captain Machado and his fine team, including Ms Melanie and Mr Jibu at Middle East Fuji”.

Exhibiting at Intersec 2016 in Dubai 17-19th January 2016

Coltraco exhibited to 153 companies its range of portable UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX products and its fixed monitoring systems, Permalevel™ Multiplex and Permalevel™ Single Point which was recently installed at a GE aircraft engine fan blade manufacturing centre.

George Hunter, Director of Sales says, “Intersec 2016 provided a great opportunity to exhibit and to meet with our Customers, Partners and Distributors across the Middle East and Asia. Given our UL-approval we are strongly placed to be the partner of choice to monitor FM-200™, HFC-227, NOVEC™1230 & HFC-225 systems in the region, particularly those in complex installations such as High Rise Tower Buildings, Electricity Sub-Stations, Telecommunications and Transport systems. Intersec 2016 also provided our launch opportunity in the Middle East for our new bearing indicator, Portamonitor™

Our CEO Receives Honorary Doctor of Science from Durham University 15 January 2016

We are delighted to announce that our CEO, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Durham University. Carl is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, The Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He maintains a focused Vision-Mission-Strategy approach to business and a commitment to integrity. He believes that Science and Mathematics should be at the core of the company and that Science and Arts graduates should combine their talents. Carl travels the world and is an outstanding ambassador for UK Business and Durham University.

Carl comments, “Professor Paula Chadwick is a kind and extraordinary Ambassador for Durham University. A Ground Based Gamma Ray Astronomer, Paula has influenced me and our scientific direction for many years. It is really to her and the University that I thank for this great honour, and indeed my wife and Family who have contributed so much over the years to enable this. In terms of the direction towards Science it is to Sam and my great friend, guide and mentor, Mr Gene House, formerly Managing Director of United Airlines, United Services, who opened my eyes to the world of aeronautical engineering. I thank you Paula, Dorothy, George, Clare, Henry, Mary, Sam, Douglas and Gene and to so many of you in research who so kindly support us.” Professor Paula Chadwick kindly mentioned in her Oration, “..Time and again I have heard Carl tell students that wherever they decide to go, they should look for a company that values them as human beings and will seek to develop their skills, and that both scientific and personal integrity is the bedrock of successful industry. Carl is running a remarkable company… Chancellor, I present Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter for the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa”.

Good news from one of our key customers: “Why Wallem is placing suppliers at the heart of its procurement strategy”

Introducing Our Exclusive Fire Safety Partner in Japan, Nichibou Co., Ltd

A Happy New Year 2016 and it is our great pleasure to introduce our Fire Safety Partner in Japan, Nichibou Company Limited in Tokyo. Mr Kenji Taniguchi san is the company’s esteemed President.

Mr Seiji Uehara, Manager Overseas Trading group, Special Equipment Section at Nichibou comments, “ We are very happy to announce that we will start an exclusive distributorship with Permalevel™ Multiplex, Permalevel™ Single Point, Portalevel™ MINI Nippon and Portalevel™ DATALOGGER in the Japanese Fire Protection market from this year. Our company’s principle is to ‘Achieve as many as No.1’s’ and our highly motivated and trained 160 service members in Japan are engaged energetically with Fire Protection System installation and maintenance and we are recognized with a wonderfully high reputation in Japan. Japan is one of the world’s most highly developed industrial nations, and is sadly facing recurring natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and typhoons – but like the English we will keep smiling ! Therefore for Business Continuity and Secured Social & Critical Infrastructure it is imperative to plan and implement high technology monitoring systems to protect irreplaceable and critical infrastructure. In 2020, Japan will host the Tokyo Olympic Games and will welcome many people from all over the world. We are so honoured to contribute to prepare for a successful Olympic Games to protect relevant facilities in Japan with Coltraco’s state-of-the-art technology. I would like to send my deepest gratitude to Mr. Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter for being so generously patient in guiding us to this memorable moment. Thank you. “

Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “For many years we have aimed to secure a partner in the Japanese fire safety market with the vision, capability and dynamism of Mr Taniguchi, the President of Nichibou Co. Ltd. During our discussions with Mr Uehara san and President Mr Taniguchi san, my most recent being in Seoul last month, I count our blessings that we are with this fine and honourable company. It is my belief that Portalevel™ MINI Nippon and Permalevel™ Multiplex will become certified and accepted in the Japanese fire market with flying colours and that our relationship with Nichibou will become the strategic partnership we have long aspired to creating in the wonderful country that Japan is and to which we are committed to supporting to protect its infrastructure and in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics where our remote diagnostic, remote monitoring and autonomous data management capabilities will play a vital and essential role in ensuring the wonderful global event that Japan will host. I thank Nichibou Company Limited for this essential strategic partnership in Japan”

Committed to Science

Coltraco Ultrasonics is committed to working with gifted Scientists such as Mr Sam Watson our Head of Research & Development. Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, CEO of Coltraco says, “Sam is a shining example of personal and scientific leadership and has an ability to apply, guide, lead and re-orient when required. Sam applies our vision of excellence and our recognition that science is at the core of who we are.”

Mr Sam Watson comments, “Working with Coltraco has allowed me to stay close for my passion for good science while expanding and developing my leadership skills across a broad range of sectors. Working on such a broad range of projects for industries around the world is challenging, but the drive and focus of Coltraco to innovate and also to be leaders in change is an inspiring mission. I have found my own values and Coltraco’s align, and being able to apply good science practice to increase the safety and maintenance standards around the world is a phenomenal opportunity.

Portalevel™ Approved for Marine use by Russian Register of Shipping

It is with great pleasure that a wonderful customer of ours in Russia has received RRS approval to use Portalevel™ in marine servicing of ships CO2 systems. We are committed to support the Russian market with all our customers and our partners GIS Innovations. Thank you Henry for your fine work.

Portamonitor™ Bearing Indicator

To complement our Portascanner™ Watertight package, the miniature Portamonitor™ has been designed to test bearings and rotating machinery on board ships and Naval vessels. Trials are being conducted with a leading Navy shortly. The Portamonitor™ aids in the identification of mechanically deteriorated bearings and bearings with inadequate/contaminated lubricant. It does this by detecting high frequency (ultrasonic) stress waves associated with friction and other faults with machinery in poor condition (impacts etc.). It can be used to monitor bearings in motors, pumps, fans, gearboxes and other rotating machinery applications. It has two outputs – a decibel (dB) reading and a Distress® level which are both measured and displayed simultaneously by the Portamonitor™.

In addition to our standard after sales customer care, you can upgrade to our Portacare® plan. This is our 3 - 5 year total care maintenance and calibration package in line with proper calibration of measuring and monitoring equipment as advised by BS (British Standard) BS EN ISO 17025 , NIST, Indian Standards etc. UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) is the sole body recognised by HM Government for assessing and accrediting the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. Their maximum calibration interval for sound intensity meters, like the Portalevel® is one year. UNIDO (United Nations Industry Development Organisation) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) also support regular calibration. UNIDO state that ‘… calibration is an essential activity in any measurement process.’NIST tells us ‘The calibration services of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are designed to help the makers and users of precision instruments achieve the highest possible levels of measurement quality and productivity.’

Introducing Mr Lubomir Ernst, Regional Director, Central and Eastern Europe

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Mr Lubomir Ernst to this strategic role as Regional Director of our operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Lubomir is a fire industry professional, a former Professional Pilot and a Graduate in Civil Aviation from the University of Transport and Telecommunications. Science is at our core and good science is one wholly based on Integrity and that is our binding value commercially too. Lubomir will act as our focal point in the establishment and maintenance of our distribution network across our products and systems throughout Eastern and Central Europe, with a special emphasis on developing our markets in critical infrastructure customers across the Fire Safety sector.

Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, our CEO says, “I warmly value Mr Ernst joining our company. As we evolve from a product manufacturer to one engaged in the manufacture of autonomous systems delivering remote diagnostics and remote monitoring of clean agent fire suppression systems it is vital that the high value customers we develop systems for are fully supported. We are grateful to Lubomir for extending to us his abundant skills and capabilities to further this. Lubomir is a skilled and capable communicator and a dynamic and effective business leader. I look forward a very much to developing our business in the fire, telecommunication, aerospace, mobile phone, electricity, gas and other sectors across Central and Eastern Europe with the able and wonderful man who Mr Lubomir Ernst is”.

Mr Lubomir Ernst says, "Within many years in fire safety sector I have met the importance of systems security. Thanks to Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter I have a chance today to join the Coltraco organisation in such strategic role as Regional Director Central & Eastern Europe. I am very pleased to work directly with him in that great way of easy negotiating and understanding. Thank You Carl."

It has been a pleasure to work with our partners, network, customers and suppliers this year and we thank you all. I look forward to continuing in 2016 and generating good business for our companies.

We have an exciting vision and mission for developing our company to deliver Safesite™ & Safeship™ monitoring technologies to enhance safety at customer critical infrastructure on land and at sea. We have a strong Research & Development track and a growth strategy with our global network, thanks to partners like you.

May I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from myself and our team at Coltraco Ultrasonics in London!

C S P Hunter CEO

Introducing Captain Amit Raj Mehrotra – Fire Safety Partner in India

It is with great pleasure that we announce Captain Amit Mehotra as our Fire Safety Partner in India. Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “Captain Amit is an honourable, highly professional and dynamic leader. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Amit to the company where he will be responsible for shaping and implementing our strategic direction in India and establishing a national dealer network for our range of portable Portalevel™ MAX, Portalevel™ DATALOGGER , our new hands-free Portalevel™ MINI and our Zone 1 ATEX approved Portalevel™ INTRINSICALLY SAFE model types for CO2, the old Halons, FM-200™ , NOVEC™ 1230 and HFC-225 & 227, whilst being our Strategic Partner in India for our leading edge technology monitoring system, Permalevel™ MULTIPLEX. Captain Amit will establish a Coltraco ODA Service Station for these equipment types in India at his fine company Intime Fire. We wish to honour Captain Amit and his family and are proud to be teamed with the company which Captain Amit’s Father founded”.

Captain Amit comments, “When I came ashore after commanding at sea as a Master Mariner it was always my vision to honour my Father and re-create the great reputation which he had established across India at Intime Fire. Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter gave me great encouragement and as a keen observer and devotee of the Indian Sub-continent that he is I warmly welcome this great opportunity to work alongside him and support his vision to bring Coltraco’s technology to India across the full spectrum of its fixed and portable monitoring capabilities and to support their installation, calibration and repair in accordance with Indian Standards which demand that calibration is undertaken every 12-16 months. I look forward to Coltraco Ultrasonics becoming a domiciled presence in India. I encourage candidate dealers across India to rally now to Coltraco’s leading technology portfolio and brand. I hope to arrange Customer seminars in India soon, building on the keen interest that the Indian Fire Trade Press is stimulating across India and we will be exhibiting Coltraco products at Fire South India later this year”.

Coltraco Postgraduates !

Dorothy and George have recently graduated with their Masters degrees from London University and Westminster University. Both are shining beacons of determination having undertaken these as part-time postgraduate degrees that they completed whilst working. We wish them all and thoroughly well-deserved Congratulations !

Introducing General Manager, Fire Safety in China

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Mr David Cao as GM, Fire Safety - Coltraco China. Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “We warmly welcome Mr David Cao as our company’s General Manager, Fire Safety in China. An industry professional, David will kindly help oversee our Fire Safety operations in China for both our portable Portalevel™ range of products and our fixed monitoring system for CO2, HFC-227, FM-200™ & NOVEC™ 1230, Permalevel™ Multiplex, developing and co-ordinating our Partner companies and Distribution network in China and supporting the business development of customers in critical infrastructure and our presence in China. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mr David Cao.”

Mr David Cao comments, “I am pleased to have this opportunity of supporting Coltraco Ultrasonics in China with their range of highly accurate gaseous suppression monitoring products and systems. I look forward to working with Coltraco’s Chief Executive Officer and the Coltraco team in the months and years ahead.”

Our Commitment to Korea

Our CEO visited Seoul in Korea with Mr Andrew Kim our Head of Korean Operations.

Meetings were held with the leadership and senior management of our partner companies Kunkook, L and P, Gofire and Wonwoo.

Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says "We have a commitment to Asia and a special commitment to Korea. I am very grateful that Mr Andrew Kim is leading the development of our Customer and Distribution Partner relationships in Korea. It was my great privilege to meet our Partner companies and to chart our marketing plans with them for PortalevelTM MAX, PortalevelTM Datalogger, PortalevelTM MINI and PermalevelTM Multiplex. I greatly admire Korea and its people and have done for many years since spending time there with the British UN Honour Guard in the late 1980's."

Introducing our Country Manager for Italy

It is with great pleasure that Signor Alberto Faravelli has joined the company as Coltraco’s Country Manager. Based in Genoa Alberto is an industry professional with special expertise in gaseous suppressions systems. Our CEO Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “We warmly welcome Signor Faravelli to the company. Italy is a strategic country for our company particularly across our range of CO2, FM200™ and NOVEC™ 1230 monitoring systems and products and Alberto brings to the company a great depth of experience and relationships to this essential role. I wish him all happiness with us and offer my best wishes to Alberto and his family.”

Mr Alberto Faraveli comments, “Being the Italian Country Manager makes me feel proud not only because of the Importance of the Company but also because of the highest technological level of its products. In particular I see high potential for the Permalevel™ Multiplex that is an unmatchable innovation if compared with traditional units. Once instructed on its potential, final users and fire suppression installers will not be able work without it. This is a most exciting time.”

RMS Marine Supply at Marintec 2015 – Our Marine Partners in China

It is with great pleasure that Coltraco and RMS Marine Supply co-exhibited at MARINTEC 2015 in Shanghai last week. Led by the wonderful and professional Ms Cindy Fan, Vice President, RMS very kindly supported the stand with a wonderful team from RMS. Meeting customer shipowners and ship builders across China Coltraco and RMS are working jointly across our Portascanner™ Watertight and our IMO SOLAS compliant Portalevel™ MAX Marine and Portamarine™ model types all of which have IMPA part numbers. Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter says, “Rarely have I met such a professional, welcoming and dynamic sales organisation as I have in RMS Marine Supply. I am proud to be working with Ms Cindy Fan and her extraordinary team and thank Ms Amy and her colleagues for their support to us throughout MARINTEC 2015 in Shanghai.”

Ms Cindy Fan comments , “We are proud to be Coltraco Ultrasonics Marine Partner in China. The Chinese market has hundreds of supply and service companies. We cannot compete only on price. We have to build a sustainable competitive advantage. We believe that is achieved through customer care. We have a strong customer base that we have built over 20 years, and right now, RMS is supplying more than 1,000 vessels and other service contracts for more than 200 vessels per month. Putting our customers first and focusing on quality is what has set us apart. Our success is mainly from our people. We are built by teamwork at RMS. We have a very high performing team. Our most important difference therefore is the people that are performing the service. We spend time selecting good people, training them and helping them to build their strengths.We look forward to working with Coltraco in China.”

Meeting our Malaysian Marine Partner at Marintec this week - Nov 2015

We had the great pleasure of meeting our Marine Partner in Malaysia, Mr Jimmy Wong, Managing Director of Keisha Marine today in Shanghai at Marintec 2015. Pictured here is Mr Wong (left) with our Head of Sales Mrs Karen Jones (right).

Coltraco confirms new partner SMS at Marintec for South Korean Shipbuilding industry for Portascanner® Watertight

Our CEO is delighted to announce a new partnership with SMS Korea Co., Ltd.. See here Ms Palm, Senior Director of SMS with our CEO Mr Carl Hunter. Based in Busan, Korea SMS will be our partner in the shipbuilding industry. They will be supporting our Portascanner® Watertight ultrasonic watertight integrity test indicator for checking hatch-covers, doors and cable transits on vessels. We are pleased to be working with SMS and promoting our new Portascanner® Watertight which has evolved throughout the last 20 years (scroll down to see previous post “Portascanner™ Watertight Integrity Indicator Modifications – Shipmanagement Company Award Oct 2015”)

New Product Launch – PORTALEVEL MINI – Dec 2015

We are pleased to release PORTALEVEL™ MINI a new design based on our Portamarine™ unit. Designed for users testing CO2, FM-200® and NOVEC™1230, PORTALEVEL™ MINI features two D-ring eyelets so that users can test cylinders “hands free” by attaching a carrying strap to it. It is the length of a pen ! 154mm or 6 inches. Featuring a bright vertical LED bargraph and LED digital display it is ideal for low light testing environments. Coltraco Ultrasonics has a world-leading capability in this field and a commitment to life and asset safety. Coltraco Ultrasonics is a Safesite™ company.

UK Maritime Industries – Looking to the Future Conference in London November 2015

Coltraco Ultrasonics was invited to attend the UK Maritime Industries – Looking to the Future Conference in London this week. There is wonderful work being undertaken in the marine technology space in the UK ably supported by various UK Government departments including the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, the Department of Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory aiming to maximise the impact of UK science and technology on global marine markets. As a former First Sea Lord remarked, “the Royal Navy will lead and win through the innovation and robust exploitation of maritime autonomous systems.” Coltraco aims to be at the forefront of marine technology as a centre for design, engineering and development.

L&P Co. Limited, Korea - Special Projects with Coltraco

It is with great pleasure that we have finalized an agreement commenced by Mr George Hunter at Fire Expo Korea in May 2015. Mr Chang Pyung ,Chung Int. P.E fire, Chairman , L&P Co.,LTD, says : “It is our great pleasure to be a Coltraco Ultrasonics Ltd strategic partner for developing Permalevel™ market in Korea. L&P is sure that our working together will help fire protection and loss prevention effectively. “

Proudly introducing Mr Andrew Kim, our Head of Korean Operations, Fire Safety

We are proud to be working with Mr Andrew Kim who is our partner in the Fire Safety market in South Korea. He is already highly engaged with our distributors in Korea. He is opening up the Korean market and educating our customers there as to the benefits of ultrasonic technology for monitoring fire suppression systems, instead of using radioactive equipment. Our CEO Mr Carl Hunter enjoyed meeting him at KorMarine 2015 when Andrew told him:

I’m delighted to start working as its member with Coltraco for its wonderful ultrasonic liquid level indicators in the Korean fire safety market.

It was always a headache to find an excellent liquid level indicator for gaseous fire extinguishing agents while I was working at Siemens Korea where I was responsible for the industrial plant market as a managing director. Korea has been using radioactive liquid level indicators for gaseous fire extinguishing systems such as CO2, FM-200, NOVEC, FE-13, and HFC-125, but the specific radioactive LLI has caused a lot of problems in Korea, partly due to the proper radioactive source handling and removal issue and the necessity of hiring a radiation expert at each company. There seemed to be no alternatives to the radioactive LLI until I have found these wide range of wonderful, safe-to-use, and environmentally-friendly LLI models of Coltraco.

I’m also very grateful to Coltraco people for their sincere support and information on invaluable Coltraco products.”

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Coltraco Joins FIA Annual General Meeting

It was with great pleasure that our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter joined the AGM of the UK Fire Industry Association in London saying, “We are proud to be an active member of the FIA and welcome and applaud the FIA in their fine efforts to promote and improve professional standards in the UK fire industry. ”

Fire in Product Tanker Engine Room – Coltraco Ultrasonics calls for improved vessel fire safety standards

Portascanner Watertight Integrity Indicator Modifications – Shipmanagement Company Award Oct 2015

Portascanner TM has a proud marine history first manufactured in 1993 and winner of the Safety at Sea Award in 1994 when we produced the world’s first omni-directional “hedgehog design” Supplementary Bulk Generator. Please see the old unit below compared to the new design. Today, our Marine Department’s new Portascanner™II Watertight has recently won an Indian Navy contract and this week a Shipmanagement Company award too. Now featuring a robust carrying strap D-Ring so that operators can fix a shoulder strap on the unit when moving around the vessel, this unit now features dual Decibel & Mathematical displays, Classification Society approval, accuracy of +/-0.06mm, and the magnetised Generator is now the length of a pen but producing more ultrasound than the old “hedgehog” design, all in a lightweight, ergonomic marinised design format . It is used for hatch-covers, multiple cable transit areas and watertight compartment doors and in service with some of the world’s leading Shipmanagement companies and Navies. Designed by the company with 27 years of sea and Admiralty Research Laboratories experience and supported by our ODA Service Stations overseas in USA, Norway, India and Singapore. No IATA transportation restrictions and no liquid batteries. Training is free. IMPA Part Number 652778

Exhibiting at China Fire in Beijing with TANDA Technology October 2015

Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, our CEO, was kindly invited to spend valued time with Mr Song, President of TANDA Technology at China Fire 2015 where Portalevel™ MAX was launched in the China Fire safety market on their stand at the exhibition. This was wonderfully arranged by our partner company in Singapore Multron Systems whose Managing Director, Mr Wong, has been a longstanding friend and colleague of the company. Mr Hunter says, “It is with pleasure that as we advance our relationship with Multron Systems to be our Fire Safety partner in South East Asia, Mr Wong and Ms Karen have kindly enabled the possibility of a teaming with Tanda Technology in the Fire Safety market in China. This strategic opportunity is something we value and I am grateful to Mr Song and Mr Wong for their time, and to Mr Wan Yue Min and the staff at Tanda, for their courtesy and kind assistance during my time with them in Beijing.”

Visiting Kormarine 2015 in Busan, Korea - October 2015

Our commitment to growth in the Korean market continues. Building on Mr George Hunter’s exhibiting of Portalevel™ MAX with Kunkook E&I at Korean Fire Expo 2015 in May, our CEO and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, visited Kormarine 2015 in Busan last week. Meeting customers, agents and partner companies from Korea and across the Asian region Mr Hunter says, “As the 11th largest economy in the world we have a vision for growth across our fire safety and marine market sectors in Korea. As the leading shipbuilding nation in the world building over 40% of the world’s ships it gives me much pleasure that our partnerships with substantive entities in Korea continue to grow. Our development of Portalevel™ MAX Marine Intrinsically Safety for Gas Carriers is very much focused on Korea, the home of today’s LNG/LPG vessel newbuildings. We look forward to returning to Korea in the months ahead.”

Commitment to Asia October 2015

Over the last week we have met with some of our existing and candidate Asian partners including Kunkook E&I in Korea and Keisha Marine in Malaysia. At Marintec 2015 in Shanghai in December it is hoped that we will consolidate our growing relationship with RMS Marine Services in China.

Coltraco Alliance Agreement with MAB Group of Companies Pakistan

We are proud to announce that leading fire safety company MAB Group of Companies have become our Permalevel™ Multiplex strategic partners and our authorised distributor in Pakistan for our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX and its marine variant Portalevel™ MAX Marine. We have had the honour of knowing Captain Syed Ali, Master Mariner for over 20 years. Ably supported by General Manager Mr Salman Ahmed we look forward greatly to supporting high value asset customers in Government and the private sectors alike. It is hoped that MAB Group will become operational as our ODA Service Station in 2016 to enable stocking, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repairs and calibration to be conducted in-country for the first time in 25 years.

Our CEO in the House of Commons with the British Marine Industry 15 October 2015

Our CEO Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter FIMarEST was kindly invited by the UK Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association to attend the House of Commons in Westminster with Maritime UK and the Minister of State for Innovation and British civil servants from the British Government Department for Business, and its agency United Kingdom Trade and Investment today. We are most grateful to the SSA for their kind invitation as we are for the encouragement and support received from the UK Marine Industry and our Government Department agency UKTI. London remains the leading maritime centre globally and our company is proud to be a part of it in regard to our special capabilities in monitoring ships watertight integrity and marine suppression systems globally in both commercial marine and Naval markets worldwide.

Exhibiting in Delhi at Fire India 5-7th October 2015

Mr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, our CEO, spent the week in Delhi exhibiting with our Fire Safety Partner in India, Captain Amit Raj Mehrotra, Managing Director of Intime Fire, meeting over 130 customers and distributors. We are very grateful to Captain Amit, Master Mariner, for his wonderful hosting and we thank him and his team. Coltraco are looking to appoint Intime Fire as our ODA Service Station for Portalevel™ MAX in the Indian Fire Safety Market by January 2016, so that Indian fire customers can calibrate and repair their units in India. Fire India 2015 provided a wonderful opportunity to meet friends and customers alike. Some of our first customers in India were there at the show and we are proud to have served the India fire market for 20 years, starting with our first ever customer, Nuclear Power Corporation Limited and extending on to some of the finest Fire companies in India since.

Intime Fire, India – launches new brochure featuring Coltraco® - at Fire India Exhibition

It is with great pleasure that Captain Amit, Managing Director, Intime Fire, Bombay, has released the new company brochure featuring both our portable Portalevel® and Permalevel® fixed monitoring solutions. We will release an update about our exhibition with Intime at Fire India, New Delhi later this week.

Coltraco in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman – OFSEC September 2015

Mr George Hunter, Director of Sales and Mr Arthur Airey, Sales & Marketing exhibited at Oman Fire and Security 2015 in Muscat, Oman last month meeting over 100 customers across fire, offshore oil and gas, airports, Royal Air Force of Oman, power generating and building infrastructure. We have always been close to our friends in the Sultanate of Oman and it was our great privilege to exhibit in the wonderful country that Oman is and meet some of our customers and our distributors there Addhia Trading. We make very special thanks to Addhia’s Managing Director and Mr Jose and Mr Cesar. We exhibited our Portalevel™ MAX for Oman’s growing installation of FM-200™ and NOVEC™ 1230 and our cylinder thickness gauge, Portagauge™ 3 and were proud and grateful that so many visitors came to see us from other GCC countries. Coltraco is supported to developing strong relationships with our GCC partner countries.

Coltraco Wins Indian Navy Contract, visits India and Exhibits at SMM India 20 – 27 September 2015

Ms Clare Hunter, now Head of Marketing & Communications at the company travelled to India with our CEO to exhibit at SMM India 2015 in Bombay with our Naval and Shipping partners Navicom. Meeting over 120 customers and partner companies. We are exceptionally grateful to Navicom for their fine and generous hosting. After a wonderful week in Bombay visiting customers in ship management, shipping and airline customer companies they travelled to Calcutta to visit NCGB our Marine Department ODA Service Station with nationwide branches across India enabling Indian customers to calibrate and repair their units in India for the first time in 20 years. We are grateful to the leadership of NCGB Marine for so kindly hosting us in Calcutta. We are delighted to announce our Indian Navy contract for Portascanner™ Watertight and are proud of our service to so many Navies around the world.

Coltraco at Fire Disaster Asia 2015 Singapore Exhibition

Ms Karen is in Singapore at FDA Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel 28 September – 01 October 2015 exhibiting our UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX unit with Multron Systems. Our company has close and long-standing ties with Singapore and this is a wonderful opportunity to meet our friends and customers there as we seek to develop opportunities for our 24/7 fixed monitoring system for automatic suppression systems containing NOVEC™ 1230 and FM-200™ with Permalevel™ Multiplex. We have now established our ODA Service Station with Key Solutions in Singapore for the Portalevel™ MAX unit to enable our Singaporean customers to calibrate and repair their units locally.

 

Exhibiting at NEVA 2015 The International Maritime Exhibition and Conferences of Russia

22 – 25 September 2015, St Petersburg, Russia

We were very proud to be exhibiting at NEVA 2015. Hosted by our Marine Partners in Russia, GIA Innovations, Mr Henry Hunter met 60 customers across the Russian shipping, marine servicing, marine surveying, engineering and offshore oil and gas sectors including, our friends at SovComFlot and the world-leading JSC Rosenergoatom. Mr Alexander Petrov is our focal point at GIS Innovations, a wonderful and successful company owned by Mr Igor Moryakov and we are pleased to announce that GIS innovations are now our exclusive Marine Partner in Russia. We plan to conduct joint marketing operations to succeed in the Russian Navy and to expand our commercial presence and operations in Russia through the dynamic and professional efforts of our longstanding friends at GIS Innovations.

Exhibiting at IMPA, London – Sept 2015

Last week 9th-10th Septemeber we were pleased to exhibit at the IMPA Exhibition. Carl, Clare and Karen hosted at the QEII Exhibition Centre near Westminster Abbey. We were also delighted to welcome Georgia who has started working for us this Summer in the marketing side. It was a successful show meeting customers new and old and developing our relationships with our friends in the marine industry. We will also be growing our network of ship suppliers who are able to provide our Coltraco® range worldwide too. Email Clare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out where you can purchase our products from

It was a good showcase of our core marine products which are now listed in the Marine Stores Guide:

• Portascanner™ Watertightp/n 652778

• Portalevel™ MAX Marine p/n 652776

• Portamarine™p/n 652777

Exhibiting & Advertising at the Fire & Safety Road Show in Taiwan – Sept 2015

We are delighted to announce that our partner in Taiwan, Asahi Sunrise Co., Ltd., was exhibiting and advertising on our behalf at Fire & Safety Road Show last week. It was a successful show and we are pleased to be developing our presence in the fire sector in Taiwan.

Allen Lu

Asahi Sunrise Co., Ltd.

Taipei, Taiwan

TEL: +886-2-87725337,87725338

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Check out the IMPA Marine Stores Guide to find our core marine products August 2015

 

New Portascanner™ II Watertight released July 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of our newly upgraded Portascanner™ II Watertight Integrity test indicator which is going into Naval service this month. Featuring dual Decibel & Mathematical readings in the display the unit is the most mathematically accurate in the world, lightweight, intuitive to use and supported by our world class and free Technical Training. Carrying clips will be added next month so that operators can operate hands-free.

Coltraco advertising now seen in Korea!

Coltraco’s First Service Station in Singapore with Key Solutions

 

We are delighted to announce we have teamed with Key Solutions in Singapore to open our first ODA service station in the country.

Key Solutions have signed as our ODA (Organisational Delegated Authority) to conduct the after sales servicing and calibrations for our customers in Singapore. Our CEO, Carl S P Hunter, spent time with Raphael and his team at Key Solutions in Singapore last week. This is very welcome news. This is a key offering to our customers in Singapore, and other customers in South East Asia who would prefer to send their Coltraco equipment to a local service centre rather than back to the Head Office in the UK.

“Key Solutions is recognized and respected for its knowledge and expertise in one of the world’s most specialized assembly, process and production industries. We provide unparalleled quality services to clients around the globe. We are pleased to become Coltraco’s ODA Service Station in Singapore” said Key Solution’s CEO, Raphael.

We will work closely with Key Solutions to ensure all our customers receive the same excellent customer service and quality work that they experience in the UK.

Here are Key Solutions’ contact details:

Key Contact: Mr Raphael F. J.
Key Solutions Pte Ltd
50 Tagore Lane #05-01, Singapore 787494
Tel: +65 6259 7114 Fax: +65 6253 0924

We welcome any customers interested in sending their equipment for calibration to get in touch with Raphael and our Support team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries.

Exhibiting at the NFPA Expo in Chicago June 2015

Karen and Laura are exhibiting this week at the NFPA Expo and Conference in Chicago. On the stand will be a module of our fixed monitoring system, Permalevel™ multiplex, plus our range of UL-listed Portalevel™ MAX units for fire companies and fire and safety managers and our Portalevel™ MAX Marine units for marine servicing companies.

Exhibiting at Interschutz, Hanover, Germany 8-12th June 2015

We were proud to be exhibiting at Interschutz, and had the great pleasure of meeting Customers and Distributors around the world. We took the opportunity of launching our Portasteele(TM) Calculator which will be available on a 7" tablet and enable users to verify their Portalevel(TM) readings mathematically. Also at he show we launched our 1,000 reading Portalevel(TM) Datalogger so that users can download and record their cylinder readings into evidential customer reports.

Henry and George greatly enjoyed their time at the show and enjoyed dinners with customers and industry media executives.

Exhibiting at Fire Expo Korea May 2015

It was with great pleasure that George Hunter, Director of Sales, joined our partner companies who were exhibiting at Fire Expo Korea this month. In addition George visited customers in Seoul and Busan and worked with one of Korea’s leading fire engineering companies on the launch of our new NOVEC™ 1230 Level Calculator

Exhibiting at East Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference, Limassol, Cyprus 7-8th May 2015

Ms Karen Jones exhibited our Portalevel™ MAX Marine & Portascanner™ at the East Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference in Limassol this week meeting our Ship Management customers in Limassol, a candidate Distributor in the fire protection industry and a number of Oil and Gas companies. Our partner company in Cyprus-based oil and gas customers is Fameline and we thank Fameline’s Managing Director Mr Demetris Hadjigeorgiou for his wonderful kindness and courtesy in arranging this.

Exhibiting at Sea Asia, Singapore 21-23 April 2015

George and Henry exhibiting at Sea Asia Conference & Exhibition at in Singapore. Coltraco Ultrasonics deep and historic links with Singapore’s shipping & marine community have always meant much to us. Our aim is to deliver Safeship™ technologies to enhance ship safety at sea and in this we are proud to show our core fire suppression system and watertight integrity monitoring technologies at Sea Asia. Our especial links with IMC Shipping and many other shipping & ship management companies continues to grow and develop and we have had the great pleasure of fitting out a number of fleets there in the last year.

Building Technology highlights importance of continuous monitoring of fire suppression systems in data centres to improve business continuity

SOURCE: Emelie Andrén Meiton, Siemens Building Technology, in IFP Magazine, March 2015

 

Exhibiting at Fire Australia 2015 in Brisbane 23-25 March 2015

Karen Jones, Manager Sales and Marketing is visiting Melbourne to see customers and supporting Kidde Australia who are exhibiting Permalevel Multiplex on their stand at Fire Australia 2015 in Brisbane.

Coltraco Youtube Channel

The Coltraco Youtube channel has become a great resource for existing and news customers alike. We now have over 12,400 views across over 14 videos covering our key product offerings including the new Portagauge® III and Portascanner® II videos. We will continue to develop this to serve and educate our customers. We are producing a new series of introductory videos that display in detail the different parts of each product. This will allow the customer to get a virtual first-hand perspective of the features and quality of the product. This is displayed in the new Portalevel® Max Marine Introductory video.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmVWbYyuCRLeuH6S7u9X5A

Coltraco Opening Hong Kong Office in April 2015

Our CEO, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter visited Hong Kong and we are proud to announce that we are opening our office there next month in April.

Carl says, “The dynamism of Hong Kong and its people are extraordinary and always inspire us. After 25 years operating in Hong Kong, with some of our longest customer relationships there, it is natural for us to establish our first Asian representative office in this wonderful city.”

George Visits Singapore February 2015

George our Director of Sales joined our CEO in Singapore again last month visiting our Shipping & marine servicing company customers, some of whom have been working with us for 20 years now.

George says, “Singapore has created a wonderful environment for its people. It wants to succeed and it does. Our Customers there are leaders in their fields and it is my great pleasure to visit and work with them”

Coltraco keeps up to date with industry news and regulations through top associations

We are proud to be members and affiliates of the following associations which are all top of their field. Through these associations we are able to stay up to date with the latest industry specific news and regulations. Not only that, but some of these associations have exhibitions which we have been exhibiting at and will be exhibiting at in 2015 to meet our customers and peers in person.

Intersec Dubai 18-20th February 2015

230 Companies Visit our Stand & 80 Marine Professionals attend our Presentation to the Dubai Branch of the institute of Marine Engineers

Achieved ISO14001 Environmental Management approval

We are pleased to celebrate our new ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification. With thanks to one of the team, Dorothy, for achieving this for us and focusing on the green footprint our company generates . This joins our ISO 9001 approval which we have had for many years. Please find below the certificate:

Asia Pacific Fire – online – Jan 2015

IMarEst Technical Meeting, Dubai UAE this January 2015

Economist heralds brilliance of container ships and shopping industry

Source Economist. Dec 20th 2014 | YANTIAN, CHINA TO TANJUNG PELEPAS, MALAYSIA | From the print edition

CEO Visits IMC Shipping in Singapore

Earlier last month, our CEO visited our marine partner in Singapore, IMC Shipping meeting some of IMC’s Directors and their senior Sales Manager Mr Edwin Chan. Mr Hunter commented, “It is remarkable that IMC Shipping were our first fleet customer for Portascanner™ over 15 years ago, to test the watertight integrity of their fleets hatch-covers and seals, and today are our partners in Singapore shipping. Through Edwin’s professionalism and decency our family have established mutual and strong relationships. I thank him and his company for his kindness to my Family and to the Company. Edwin is a remarkable and special man.”

Multiple Cable Transit Areas on Ships and Offshore Oil and Gas Installations

portascanner out the boxA common challenge for installations with widespread Multiple Cable Transit areas (MCT’s) is the ability to easily and reliably inspect the seals, to ensure they are fit for purpose. Different MCT’s have significant impacts on the safety aspect of an installation, whether it be protecting against fire and smoke, water ingress as part of a Bulkhead or providing other airtight and watertight seals. These are commonly found throughout Offshore Oil and Gas Installations, Commercial Shipping Vessels, Naval Vessels, Power Stations and other similar facilities.

The Portascanner® II provides a highly accurate, quick and efficient method to check these seals and uses ultrasonic technology to determine if any leaks are present in the seal. These are incredibly hard to identify using visual inspections and pressure tests are often too time consuming to be pragmatic. This unit is proven for this application, the most mathematically accurate unit in the world and is the unit of choice across a number of MCT installers, Offshore Oil and Gas operators, Shipping companies and Naval surface and sub-surface vessels.

Portalevel™ Original Now Available

Portalevel OriginalDesigned to be the cheapest Portable Liquid Level Indicator in the world Portalevel™ Original uses the same 15 year old baseline technology from the original Portalevel™ in an updated format. Recognising that there are customers who cannot afford or do not need the advanced capabilities of some of our higher model types the unit is designed as a quality and fit-for-purpose product for fire suppression system contents monitoring.

Mr George Hunter, Director of Sales, says, “People understand that the newer models are better, but if a customer really cannot afford a high-end model or if they simply do not need it, then they can still access a quality product in Portalevel™ Original. In line with our commitment to support customers for the life-cycle of our products, they can use trade-in credits on the value of this unit and use them to purchase higher model types at any time later.”

UL Listing for Portalevel™ MAX

Coltraco Ultrasonics have received UL listing for their Portalevel™ MAX liquid level indicator. It is in a small hand-sized enclosure, engineered with incredibly high build quality and the most mathematically accurate unit in the world for NOVEC™ 1230, FM-200™, CO2, FE-13™, FE-25™ and FE-36™. Designed specifically for fire engineers and also available in a marine configuration for SOLAS compliance as Portalevel™ MAX Marine for 2-3-4 banked rows of CO2 cylinders. Our uppermost commitment is to deliver best practises commercially and technically and to be the leading technology provider in our design and manufacturing.

Air Vice-Marshal David R. Hawkins-Leth CB LVO MBE DL RAF (Retd) Appointed Head of Defence and Government Relations

David, a graduate of the RMA Sandhurst and the NATO Defence College, comes to Coltraco from a military career in Royal Air Force Security. Formerly he was a Director of the Defence Fire Services, the Commandant General of the RAF Regiment and Director-General of RAF Security, Deputy Black Rod in the House of Lords within the UK Houses of Parliament and subsequently he held several consultancy appointments and Directorships. David is married to a Danish dental surgeon and they spend their time between their homes in the UK and Denmark when not travelling to other countries around the world. We wish David every success within the Coltraco family.

David says, “I am delighted to join and support Coltraco Ultrasonics. Its people, products and systems are of the very highest quality and its mission appeals me greatly, not least Coltraco’s commitment to be a leading British technology OEM of integrity. I look forward to supporting their growth in the Defence markets, particularly with Permalevel™ Multiplex, a system which will add to risk managing of sensitive Government installations, ordnance facilities, telecommunication and data centres. I look forward to building on the successful work undertaken by the company with the Royal Navy in the respective fields of clean agent suppression system monitoring and watertight integrity testing.”

Carl our Chief Executive says, “ I am delighted that David has joined the company. David is an inspiring leader who has kindly guided me across various matters for some years now. His kindness to my family is typical of his selfless encouragement to younger people. We have a clear aim to support Defence Forces globally with our unique capability mix across products and complex systems predicated on strong relationships that reflect our values and our wish to contribute to increased safety management at sea, on land and in the air. This will be ably led by David”

November Travels

We have enjoyed a very busy month with trips to the Netherlands, Singapore on the 5th where Carl met some of our fantastic existing partners and exciting potentials for our Permalevel® system. Following this Carl was over to Kuwait with another exciting meeting with a candidate strategic partner in Kuwait for Permalevel® and a new customer in the offshore industry. Dubai was the next calling point where Carl was delighted to meet with Middle East Fuji at their offices (picture included). There are strong prospects for our two companies to work together so I am sure we will keep you updated on this in future! We are also developing relationship with a potential partner in Saudi Arabia.

October Travels

As already noted, October took us on a successful trip to Russia led by Henry. Carl was off to the USA to Boston where he had progressive meetings with UTC about the Permalevel® Multiplex system. And finally Carl went to Serbia to round off the month.

Chubb Qatar announced as Exclusive Strategic Partner for Permalevel™ Multiplex in Qatar

It is with great pleasure that Coltraco Ultrasonics and Chubb Fire Qatar - International Gulf Trading Company (IGTC) have agreed mutual exclusivity to establish Chubb Qatar as the exclusive strategic partner to market and distribute the 24/7 clean agent monitoring system Permalevel™ Multiplex in the State of Qatar, aiming to install the system in high value customer markets in Qatar’s Museums, Libraries, Oil & Gas companies, Data Centres, banks, Mobile Phone and Telecommunications operators and Power Generating & Electricity and Gas Distribution companies.

Two centuries of history and innovation have made Chubb into a global leader in fire protection and security solutions. Chubb PLC employs 48,000 people around the world supplying systems and services to most of the world’s leading companies and organisations. Chubb Fire Qatar designs, installs, maintains and supports equipments and systems utilizing the latest technologies and looking after the security and fire protection needs of multi-site corporations and industrial concerns, as well as small single site users.

Chubb Fire Qatar was established in the 1970’s as part of International Gulf Trading Company, IGTC, and became a leader in security and fire services and has gained a solid reputation for quality products and services. The company’s strengths are underpinned by a global infrastructure, a highly skilled and experienced workforce, a diverse range of quality products and services and a reputation for service excellence. Recognised as one of the most respected names in high risk fire and security solutions, Chubb Fire Qatar products are used by architects, design consultants, consulting engineers, HSE managers, fire brigades, security managers and consumers requiring a higher level of security and safety for their business and domestic premises.

Mr Rami Al Batrawi, General Manager of IGTC-Chubb Fire Qatar says, “As a total capability company Chubb Fire Qatar is ideally positioned to deliver Permalevel™ Multiplex to customers in the State of Qatar. I believe Permalevel™ Multiplex is a great product, and that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship to support our premier safety-aware customers with the need to monitor their clean agent suppression systems 24/7 in the State of Qatar, adding a layer of capability to further de-risk their fire safety operations and help deliver business continuity in their operations and infrastructure.”

Mr Carl S P Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics says, “In Chubb Fire Qatar we have a strategic partner with the professionalism and depth of fire and security engineering subject matter knowledge required to support the successful distribution of Permalevel™ Multiplex into Qatari customers who value business continuity with high value NOVEC™1230 and FM-200™ installations protecting their safety-critical infrastructure. I am proud that this relationship with Chubb Fire Qatar has been created and offer my best wishes to Mr Rami Al Batrawi, and his team to succeed in the delivery of this highly capable and accurate clean agent monitoring system.”

Announcing Dante Extincteurs as exclusive Coltraco ODA Service Station in France & Monaco

It is with great pleasure that Dante Extincteurs is now our exclusive ODA service Station in France and Monaco. Founded in 1976, Dante specializes in marine fire-fighting and fire protection, accumulating an unequalled amount of experience and knowledge in this field. Yearly more than 400 yachts & Superyachts are visited by the company's technicians for the inspection and service of their fire-fighting equipment. In co-operation with naval architects and classification bureau's, fixed fire-fighting systems are designed, installed & maintained. All the work is in regulatory compliance with national Maritime Authorities and Classification Societies such as Lloyds, ABS and BV.

Mr Haaf Marlet, Managing Director, says “Dante Extincteurs stands for quality and service in the inspection, installation and recharge of fixed fire-fighting systems of CO2, FM-200™ and NOVEC™1230. We are the exclusive distributor and refill station for SEA FIRE marine fire suppression systems. We have worked with Coltraco Ultrasonics for nearly 20 years, using Portalevel™ to identify the contents of fixed gaseous extinguishing systems. We have an intimate understanding of the products operationally and are proud to become the exclusive ODA Service Station for France and Monaco.”

Mr Carl S P Hunter, Chief Executive of Coltraco says, “We have had the great pleasure of knowing Haaf and Dante Extincteurs for nearly 20 years. Haaf’s company is, like him, an operation of reputational excellence and integrity. I am proud to be working with Haaf in this essential capacity as our exclusive ODA Service Station in France to support the French Maritime Industry and our customers in France and Monaco.”

Riyadh MOU Launches Fire Safety Inspection Campaign

SOLAS update - September 16, 2014

CREDITED TO MAREX

 

Announcing Tyco Fire & Security UAE as our Permalevel™ Multiplex Strategic Partner in the United Arab Emirate

Tyco Fire & Security UAE is a leading engineering, contracting and service company delivering totally integrated fire, security and telecommunications solutions throughout the Middle East. With an extensive 20-year experience as a specialist fire and security solutions provider, Tyco UAE offer global solutions, have international experience and tailor their packages to ensure that complete fire and security protection is provided to the most demanding of projects in the most challenging of environments. Tyco Fire & Security UAE are associated with major end-users and with the largest EPC Contractors operating in the Middle East and have provided totally integrated Fire Detection, Fire Protection, Security and Telecommunications solutions to some of the major developments in the GCC over the years in many market sectors - protecting people, property as well as the environment.

Mr. Nigel Millins, Operations Manager of Tyco Fire & Security UAE says, “With Permalevel™ Multiplex we now will be able to offer and deliver to premier customers, who value business continuity against the risk of accidental discharge or slow seepage, an integrated solution to enable 24/7 contents monitoring of their clean agent fire suppression systems.”

Mr. Carl Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, says, “It is an important moment as Tyco Fire & Security UAE become our exclusive Strategic Partner in the UAE for Permalevel™ Multiplex. Our thanks go to Mr. Nigel Millins and the leadership team at Tyco UAE as we begin the work to enable safety-critical customer facilities & infrastructure in the UAE to be protected by Permalevel™ Multiplex. This will be installed and maintained by Tyco Fire & Security UAE under long term Total Care service contracts. We seek to develop this essential relationship with Nigel and his team to enable Tyco Fire & Security UAE to become a Coltraco Ultrasonics Organisation with Delegated Authority (ODA) Service Station for this system and the Portalevel™ MAX portable liquid level indicator product range.”

Alf Lea & Co. Brannvern AS & Coltraco Customer Conference in Norway Sept 2014

Building on sister company's Lea Machine Inc. appointment as our exclusive USA ODA Service Centre for Portalevel™ MAX and Portascanner™, in Hollywood, Miami, it was with great pleasure that Henry joined founding company's Alf Lea & Co.Brannvern’s Customer Conference in Haugesund to present the company and offer training in the use and service of the equipment. Alf Lea were established in 1950 and are approved as a service supplier by DNV, Lloyd's Register and ABS, listed with Achilles for offshore supplies and services and are shortly to become our ODA Service and Sales centre in Norway. Alf Lea & Co. are a & manufacturer of type-approved CO2 total flooding systems and a total concept supplier of fire and safety equipment for ships, industry and offshore supplying fixed fire extinguishing systems including CO2 and NOVEC™ 1230. Statoil and Survitec were amongst the Offshore & Marine customer organisations represented at the conference. We thank Directors Mr Toralf Lea and Mr Frank Fjellving for their kindness and professionalism as always. Alf Lea & Co. are shortly to become our ODA Service and Sales centre in Norway

SEC GARM & Coltraco Ultrasonic UK Exhibiting at Offshore Marintec Russia 7th-10th October 2014

It is with pleasure that we have been invited by our Russian partners, SEC GARM of St Petersburg, to support their kind exhibition of our Portalevel™ MAX & Portascanner™ products at Offshore Marinetec 7th-10th October. Mr Alexander Petrov of SEC GARM says, "..Since shipbuilding is a booming sector of the Russian economy with a huge potential for further growth we believe that innovations will be the cornerstone of success in its development. We are proud to work together with such companies as Coltraco providing our customers with their state-of-the-art equipment & design solutions for the marine & offshore sectors”.  Clare, our Business Development Manager says, “These are all ultrasonic technology and are on-board nearly 17% of the world’s fleet of vessels, and on-board 90% of the platforms in the UK North Sea and on every platform with Transocean, but also in service with marine servicing companies and marine surveyors, P&I Clubs, though by far the largest user group are shipping & ship-management companies.

Coltraco at SMM in Hamburg & IMPA Conference in London, September 2014

This month has been a busy one in our shipping markets for the company meeting clients and distributors from across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our equipment is now aboard 17% of the world’s Fleet of commercial ships and specified in most new-buildings. Shipping is a core market for 2 of our product lines : Portalevel™ monitoring of marine CO2 fire suppression systems and Poratscanner™ watertight integrity testing of ships hatch-covers, watertight compartment doors and cable transit areas. Whilst Karen and George headed our delegation to SMM in Hamburg, Clare led our team to the IMPA Conference & Exhibition in London.

Clare, Manager Business Development comments, “Shipping is our foundation. We are delighted to meet so many of our customers and partners, and to explore business with candidate partners. As a leading marine instrumentation OEM we are seeking more forward-looking and dynamic partner companies who reflect our ethical values and operate with the levels of integrity we require to help develop and nurture our globally recognised brand. It is exciting for me to represent the company at IMPA in London and to help develop further our dedication to Safety at Sea. We never forget the contributions that the Officers and Crew and Technical Management teams of our customer vessels make to both our company and to international trade”.

Welcome to yet another member of the Coltraco Team – Mr Kazimierz (Kaz) Leon Aremka – our new Head of Marine, New Zealand!

Today we sign our latest agreement to bring our new partner, Kaz, to lead our marine work in New Zealand. Kaz will also be able to assist with matters in the surrounding region where his skills and experience can help.

Kaz has a wealth of experience in the marine market as you can see from his many positions as Managing Director, Senior Surveyor, Marine Chief Engineer, ISO/ISM Certified Auditor, Class Surveyor, Maritime NZ Recognized SSM Surveyor, Technical Manager, Superintendent and Consultant. With knowledge about cargo insurers and P&I Clubs, Kaz will also be focussing on the naval and ship owners in NZ and the Pacific Islands. Kaz is an adept Portascanner® II user who appreciates the value that the mathematical accuracy offers to our all users.

Would you like to get in touch with Kaz? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on +44 207 629 8475 and we will gladly put you in touch.

We are delighted to welcome another new addition to our Team - Mr Tan Beng Hai – our new Head of Marine, Singapore!

Mr Tan is our new Head of Marine Singapore which we are very excited about to assist our customers in the region as well as providing a focal point for our agents in the Singapore marine sector. Mr Tan will be happy to assist in many circumstances so please let us know if you would like to get in touch with him.

“More important is one's journey in life with proper values, raise our family rightly and, in the words of a well-known Singaporean, "to leave behind a nice fragrance at the end of our life.”

 Mr Tan was granted a scholarship from the Singapore Government to study in University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I graduated with a BSc (Ist class Honours) in Marine Engineering. Thereafter, he served his National Service for 5 years as a Naval Engineer in the Singapore Navy. Mr Tan’s first job in the private sector was with a subsidiary of Wallems Shipmanagement as a Superintendent. Thereafter, he was to work in the Oil Industry for over 20 years initially as a Technical Service Executive and later in the Commercial Department. He worked for British Petroleum, Gulf Oil Corporation and Chevron Corporation. Mr Tan’s last employment was with a Singapore Government owned company which was an international trading corporation. Finally, he left and formed his own company Flair Oil Singapore. Mr Tan was previously a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, UK and Council of Engineering Institute (CEng), UK.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 207 629 8475 to learn more about how you can work together with Mr Tan in Singapore.

CEO Award Royal Aeronautical Society

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our CEO has been made a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Carl has worked internationally for 20 years in Aerospace with some of the world’s leading OEM’s and Airlines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, often at Governmental level. He has a particular interest in the Commonwealth and is also a Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers.

Coltraco launches Permalevel™ Multiplex in USA at NFPA Expo Las Vegas June 2014

Coltraco aims to be the suppression industry’s life-safety tech partner. At the NFPA 2014 Expo in Las Vegas last week we conducted the USA launch of the new continuous monitoring system Permalevel™ Multiplex. It is designed for 24/7 remote monitoring & diagnosis of contents in suppression systems containing CO2, FM-200™, NOVEC™ 1230, Halon 1301 & 1211, HFC-225 & 227 and FE-13™, FE-25™ and FE-36™. Demonstrating alongside it was our portable & UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX portable liquid level indicator. Karen had the great pleasure of meeting customers old and new from across the USA, and Central & South America.. whilst George had the great opportunity to meet some of the largest fire suppression companies in the world, and established relationships with companies with extensive distribution networks. Henry’s demonstration showed how our UL-approved Portalevel™ MAX could identify liquid levels in 30 seconds and under. We managed some time off with a flight across the clear night skies of Nevada. Concurrent with all this we launched our New York office to enable US customers to access us easily and announced Coltraco’s new ODA service station in Miami enabling US customers to calibrate units in the USA. We understand our customer’s demands and the environment of using our systems and products across the widest variety of suppressant gases and underpinned by our resourcing of research and development to account for the ever-changing nature of our industry. We thank the NFPA for this wonderful opportunity and our customers in the USA.

Canadian distributors, Survitec Canada/DBC Marine exhibit at The Next Wave Conference, Vancouver BC

We thank Survitec Canada/DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd for exhibiting at the Next Wave Conference last week. We are very excited about the prospects of working with Survitec Canada/DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd to support our Canadian customer base and we look forward to a long term teaming relationship with them. They will be focused on supporting the Coltraco Ultrasonics brand and our Portalevel™range across shipboard fire safety & Portascanner™ for ships watertight integrity especially.

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Portalevel™ MAX Nippon, an Anglo-Japanese Partnership

Coltraco launched in Tokyo today 2 units dedicated to the Japanese market: Portalevel™ MAX Nippon and Portalevel™ Mini Nippon. Both liquid level indicator units have been designed and configured with DKSH our partner in Japan to support the Japanese fire safety market in fire engineering companies, data centre’s, high rise buildings, power generating & electricity distribution companies, shipping & marine surveying and the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and the Japan Coast Guard. Marine applications are additionally supported by the use of the Mini Extension Rod. DKSH are Coltraco’s partner company in Japan. DKSH is a Swiss Market Expansion Services Group. Although its headquarters is in Zurich, DKSH is deeply rooted in communities all across Asia Pacific. With 735 business locations in 35 countries - 710 of them in Asia - and 26,700 specialized staff, the company has its origin in the activities of three Swiss entrepreneurs who sailed in the 1860s east to Asia. Independently and within a few years of each other, Wilhelm Heinrich Diethelm set off for Singapore, Eduard Anton Keller for the Philippines, and Hermann Siber for Yokohama. Portalevel™ MAX Nippon is designed to test CO2, FM-200™, NOVEC™ 1230, Halon 1301, HFC 225 & 227 to +/- 1.5mm and able to test each cylinder in 30 seconds. Coltraco support their products on a through-life maintenance basis. To see the unit in operation please View Video . Portalevel™ MAX Nippon is UL approved.



Portalevel™ MAX receives UL™ Approval

We are pleased to announce that our flagship portable liquid level indicator, Portalevel™ MAX, has been awarded UL approval dated 6 March 2014.

Underwriters Laboratories Portalevel™ MAX & Portalevel™ MAX Marine (for shipboard use) and designed for easy liquid level indication for CO2, FM-200™, NOVEC™1230, FE-13™, FE-25™ & FE-36™ HFC-225 & 227 and Halon 1301.

Products today must meet a diverse spectrum of certification and compliance requirements, and there is a growing need to provide more transparency into products in the marketplace. In response to evolving customer needs, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

We will begin delivering Portalevel™ MAX products with the UL mark once our IPI has been completed.

Coltraco in Discussions to Team with Nanjing Fire, China

It is with great pleasure that our Chief Executive Officer visited Nanjing Fire Protection Technology Co., Ltd., in Nanjing, China to explore co-operation between our companies to develop the Chinese market together in a “one team” approach for high asset value Chinese customers in mobile telecommunication relay stations, mass transit rail systems, power stations, electricity sub-stations, banks and data centre customers requiring continuous monitoring of fixed gas suppression systems.

Mr Hunter, CEO of Coltraco Limited in London UK comments, “Nanjing Fire is a fine prospective strategic partner for our company in China. Predicated on the highest standards of technical proficiency, across the most comprehensive areas of expertise in the fire industry and with China’s only national fire test centre, our company feels great personal warmth towards the Chairman, Board of Directors and management team of Nanjing Fire and great professional regard for the people of this great company.

Coltraco are founded on the principle of “unique technical endeavour”. To turn Coltraco’s unique technical capability into commercial prosperity in China, we are proud to be holding discussions with Nanjing Fire to become our equal and strategic partner in China to develop the Chinese market for both our UL listed Portalevel™ MAX product & our continuous monitoring system, Permalevel™ Multiplex to provide full sales and service to the high asset value customer market in China.”

Mr Ralph Sugden – Head of Marine USA

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Mr Ralph Sugden of Caribbean Marine and P&I USA Inc in West Palm Beach, Florida is now Coltraco’s Head of Marine - USA. Led by the remarkable ex-Chief Engineer Mr Ralph Sugden, Ralph and his company Caribbean Marine Inc. brings to the company a wealth of knowledge gained from his sea-going & shore experience. Ralph has worked throughout his career in Shipping, including a protracted period as a member of The Canadian Coast Guard Shipbuilding & Design Team. Ralph’s principal focus will be in developing & maintaining Coltraco’s relationships with Ship owners, Ship Managers, Ship Operators, Government authorities at various levels, plus Survey companies and Independent Surveyors in the USA and the Caribbean and with the International Group P&I Clubs and other P&I Insurers internationally.

Contact:

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Organisation with Delegated Authority (ODA) Service Station in the USA

Lea Machine will assume responsibility for all Portalevel™ MAX & Portalevel™ Standard model type servicing & calibration requirements of our USA fire safety & marine customers, with a view to extending this ODA status to include Portascanner™ in the weeks and months to come. Henry recently joined Lea Machine in exhibiting at the Cruise Shipping Miami Expo earlier this month and he is with Mr William Jones and Mr Toralf Lea in the picture below.

Lea Machine Services Inc. are the dedicated contract service maintenance provider to Carnival Cruise and an Authorised Service Station for Draeger products.

It is hoped that this relationship will extend to include sister company Alf Lea & Company Brannvern AS in Norway.

Coltraco Visits Tokyo & Singapore Air Show 08-14 February 2014

Coltraco will be visiting distributors and customers in Tokyo and conducting the Singapore launch of Permalevel™ Multiplex at the Singapore Air Show 11-14 February. Recognizing the advanced nature of the fire safety market in the region for monitoring fire suppression systems containing CO2, FM-200™, NOVEC™ 1230, HFC 225 & 227, Halon 1301, FE-13™ and FE-25™ with portable Portalevel™ units and the fixed monitoring system, Permalevel™ Multiplex, Coltraco looks forward to making further commitments to the Asia region in the months ahead.



Our CEO has enjoyed several meetings in the snowy city of Tokyo, including with our longstanding Japanese partners in the fire safety sector DKSH. This relationship was initiated through Clay and Co which was established 1929 and acquired by DKSH in 2012. Dedicated products are being released into the Japanese market by DKSH including Portalevel® MAX Nippon and Portalevel® MINI Nippon.



Coltraco Middle East & Permalevel™ Multiplex at Intersec Dubai 2014 Stand 4-130F

Coltraco will be exhibiting at Intersec in Dubai 19-21 January 2014 and conducting the UAE launch of Permalevel™ Multiplex at the show. Recognizing the essential importance of the advanced fire safety market in the region Coltraco Middle East Limited is being established as a dedicated operating division of Coltraco Limited.

Coltraco Middle East Limited will serve premier safety customers in the Middle East and North Africa who require to monitor the contents of their fixed suppression systems containing CO2, FM-200™ , NAF s 227™, NAF S 125™ and NOVEC™ 1230 with Coltraco’s new 24/7 data-enabled, data-recordable audit trail capable and remote diagnostic, Permalevel™ Multiplex system. Coltraco Middle East Limitedwill operate across the Middle East and North Africa and commences with Coltraco Limited conducting the UAE launch of Permalevel™ Multiplex at Intersec 2014 from the 19th to 21st January in Dubai at Stand 4-130F.

Former British Chief Fire Officer Mr Neil Wallington, Head of Governance and Ms Karen Jones, Manager Sales and Marketing and member of the British equestrian GB Endurance team at parent company Coltraco Limited will be in attendance.

Visit us at Intersec in Dubai I 19-21th Jan, 2014

Hall 3, Stand 4-130F – see Permalevel™ Multiplex



Coltraco Launches LinkedIn Social Media Page - Dubai Air Show November 2013

Our LinkedIn page was launched at the Dubai Air Show. Please click on the link to join us at LinkedIn. The growth in aviation fire safety is a major opportunity for Coltraco. The rapid development of complex data and telecommunication facilities in airports and their consequent need to be protected by high value FM-200 & NOVEC™1230 fire suppression systems is bringing about a whole new market for their permanent contents monitoring. Permalevel™ Multiplex enables 365 day per annum monitoring and provides remote diagnostic and data recoverable audit trail capabilities. Coltraco was proud to have a presence at the Dubai Air Show. Whilst in Dubai we also visited longstanding Portalevel™ customers – some of 20 years now - in the marine servicing and fire safety sectors across Dubai and Abu Dhabi and discussed hot weather use of the equipment with some of Dubai’s leading marine servicing customers. They face the challenge of conducting annual certification checks of ships fire suppression systems in high Summer temperatures; ships bunkering in Fujairah can exceed 45C in the Summer and their problem is added by the short 6 hour visiting time of the ships. Responsible marine servicing companies spend much time preparing the CO2 rooms and we are proud to be supporting them. Several customers have developed a fleet of different Portalevel™ model types and we spent time with some of them to upgrade them to Portalevel™ MAX commonality. Our new Portalevel™ Datalogger enables the owning company to retain a record of his service technicians liquid level readings – up to 1000 - and add these into a customer report alongside the maintenance report. Our team was very proud to be supporting these high quality companies there.

New Portamarine™ Shipboard Fire Safety System Liquid Level Indicator Released from Coltraco

Coltraco are proud to release today the miniature Portamarine™ designed for ships crews to use on their ship CO2, FM-200™ and NOVEC™ 1230 fire suppression systems.

Accompanied by a Multi Bank Extension Rod this means that a ship can carry its own onboard 1.5mm accuracy hand-held unit to test multi-banked rows of cylinders between annual certification checks. Fitted with eyelets so that a carrying strap can be fitted, this enables the crew member or marine servicing technician to operate the unit “hands free”. Free-of-charge training is available on-line through our web-based training as we have made animated operating instructions to enable foreign crewmen whose first language is not English, to easily use and deploy the unit.

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Exhibiting at FPAA in Sydney, Australia November 2013

Ms Karen Jones and Henry Hunter had the great pleasure of exhibiting at FPA Australia in Sydney. Pictured below, Karen was delighted to meet with our distributors and partner companies in Australia which is a “home” market for Coltraco’s Portalevel™ and Portascanner™ products across the fire safety, mining, defence, shipping and offshore oil and gas markets.

At the conference Karen and Henry initiated the Australian launch of Permalevel™ Multiplex, the “go-to” fixed monitoring system enabling remote diagnosis and data recordable audit trail capabilities for high asset value fire suppression system installations. During their stay in Australia Karen and Henry also visited shipping and defence customers and partner companies in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Karen says, “We were delighted to speak to so many forward-looking and professional people about our new system Permalevel™ and we consider Australia very much a home market after 20 years of supporting our customers with Portalevel™ and Portascanner™ there”.

In Australian shipping we visited some of Australia’s leading shipowners, ship management and marine servicing companies. This was valuable as the company has recently launched the world’s first semi-permanent system capable of monitoring Bulk Carrier hatchcovers at sea. Known as Permascanner™ Dynamic it begins to address and monitor the issue of hatch coaming distortion at sea. Henry Hunter comments, “It was wonderful to build upon our longstanding relationships in Australia and to develop new strategic ones and we were warmly welcomed by the FPAA and our many friends and colleagues across Australia ”.

Coltraco has supplied equipment from its manufactured product range of 14 products and systems for over 20 years and is opening a Coltraco ODA (Organisational Delegated Authority) service station in Australia.



Saudi Arabian Fixed Suppression Monitoring System Launched

Today in Riyadh our CEO announced the Saudi Arabian launch of Permalevel Multiplex.

Invited as a Speaker at IFSEC 2013 in the Fire Conference Mr C S P Hunter explained the transformative capabilities of our fixed monitoring system designed to continuously monitor the contents of fixed suppression systems containing CO2, FM-200(TM) and NOVEC 1230(TM) to safeguard against the risk of accidental discharge or leakage.

With the ability to monitor multiple site locations simultaneously and provide a data recoverable audit trail Permalevel is designed to interface with alarm monitoring software and systems.

Coltraco is grateful to IFSEC 2013 and the Ministry of Interior for the opportunity to speak at this prestigous conference.

Mr Hunter was kindly awarded a plaque and Arabic coffee set which he gratefully received from representatives of the Minister of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Holy Places.

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Coltraco Speaking Invitation at International Energy, Cyprus 23-25 October 2013

Henry Hunter (pictured below) presented our range of systems and products used in the Offshore Oil and Gas sectors at International Energy in Cyprus, arranged by our partners in Russia SEC GARM of St Petersburg, whom we would like to thank for this opportunity to speak to industry leaders in the Russian oil and gas and marine industries. Henry delivered his conference address to executives and leading specialists of the companies interested in developing business activities in the Russian and CIS energy markets, including: energy industry companies and contractors, design offices for energy industry, oil & gas service companies, shipbuilding companies, OEMs (offshore and onshore objects infrastructure, FPSO, LNG, subsea equipment, communications, marine objects safety and security systems, etc.)

The main topics of the seminar were: offshore and onshore structures and equipment commissioning, operation and maintenance ; issues and perspectives of hydrocarbons transportation systems ; labour safety and security of energy industry objects ; features of energy projects development in various environments . Coltraco’s Portalevel™ equipment is used offshore to monitor installation fire suppression systems and, with Portascanner™ to test the integrity of compartment doors in offshore oil and gas installations and aboard hatch-covers on ships at sea.

The 3-day seminar was attended by senior representatives of the sector leading Russian companies, including Rosneft, LUKOIL, Krylov State Research Centre, Gazprom VNIIGAZ, SMD, Foster Wheeler, & Saipem .



Canadian Press Release: New distributor in British Columbia, Canada

FAO Coltraco Customers in British Columbia

Coltraco and our lead Canadian distributor, Kaycom, are proud to announce our new joint partnership with Survitec Vancouver/DBC Marine Safety Systems Limited for the distribution of Coltraco products.

We see this as a natural extension to the high quality Marine Safety equipment that they have been known to deliver to their customers for over 30 years. We are excited to be moving forward with this new endeavor as this will now give customers better access to the exclusive and complimentary Coltraco product line in British Columbia.

Keeping in step with Coltraco’s known excellence to customer support, DBC is fully committed to providing you with exceptional product and service.

For additional information, product questions or requests for quotations, please contact the following DBC experts:

Michael Edwards

Air Sea Service Administrator, Survitec Group / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile +1 60 43 07 00 47 Direct +1 60 42 14 42 76

Keith Burke

Service Manager, PRM, Survitec Group / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile +1 604 657 4609 Direct +1 604 214 4321

Fire Australia Exhibition, Sydney 20-21 Nov 2013

Coltraco will be visiting Sydney for FPA Australia’s showcase fire protection conference and exhibition. Ms Karen Jones and Henry Hunter will be leading our team, and it will be the first public exhibition of our Permalevel™ Multiplex 24/7 continuous monitoring system for fixed fire suppression systems. We look forward to meeting many colleagues and friends in Sydney a city that means much to us here, and a country in which Karen spent her early years !

  • Permalevel Fixed Fire Systems 24/7 Monitoring Interview Feature - International Fire Buyer Sept/Oct 2013 Issue

    Coltraco were interviewed in August and it has been released in this month’s issue of International Fire Buyer pages 70-73.

    It is the first editorial feature we have had for some time. We did not ask for the interview. It is clear that it is the characteristics of the Permalevel™ Multiplex design, which has taken 3 years to develop was its driver.

  • Coltraco’s Managing Director Elected as Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology

    The Membership Committee of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology in London has approved our Managing Director’s election as a Fellow. Fellowship demonstrates our commitment to the shipping profession. Mr Hunter FIMarEST comments, “I am delighted and proud to become a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. I hope this validates our Company’s commitment to manufacturing marine safety engineering products and systems across marine fire suppression system contents monitoring, hull plate measurement, maritime security and hatch-cover and watertight compartment door and cable transit area watertight integrity testing. It is part of our path towards marine safety engineering and we are aiming to contribute to transformation in specific areas of marine safety. Coltraco was founded by my Father, Mr E C Hunter, himself a member of the Admiralty Research Establishment following his 27 year career as a Royal Naval Submariner and I believe that this election is a direct reflection of all that my Father created in the company.

  • Coltraco signs on as exclusive agent for NLA Diagnostics in the EU

    Coltraco, Ltd. is proud to have been appointed as exclusive agent for NLA Diagnostics in the European Union. We will market and promote sales of the NLA DEFENDER® and the NLA RECON™ on behalf of NLA Diagnostics, North Caroline, USA. Please click here for more information.

  • Coltraco appoints new Representative in Canada - January 2013

    We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of a new Representative in Canada. Kaycom Inc., Quebec will assist Coltraco in establishing a comprehensive sales/distribution and support network in the country. Please click here for more information.

    • Portalevel® Basic – UPDATE

      After 20 years, we now manufacture a range of 7 model types, from the cheapest in the world - Portalevel® Basic - through to the “gold standard” Portalevel® MAX in fire suppression cylinder testing, and up to the most complex in the world including Portalevel® Datalogger. We are proud to hold a Never Beaten On Price Guarantee whereby we promise to match or even beat any other quotation for a similar product – please do ask for details. The Portalevel® Basic is for the entry level fire service engineer or for those wishing to complete in-house servicing in-between the regulatory checks. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our most competitive price.

    • Portagauge® III – *PRESS RELEASE*

      Coltraco are proud to release our 3rd generation Portagauge® ultrasonic thickness gauge. We have been working on the design for the last 6 months in time for 2013. We are delighted to have combined the benefits of a long-serving successful gauge with totally new componentry on the board and aesthetics – making it a reliable, robust, easy to use and accurate thickness gauge. Contact us today for more information about the above and Portagauge® III – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • September 2012 News – Visiting New Zealand 7-12 October 2012

      Coltraco is visiting New Zealand 7-12th of October 2012 and will also be exhibiting at the Fire Protection of New Zealand Conference 10-11 October in Auckland, and also seeing friends and customers from Australia and New Zealand who will be there. Coltraco have also become signatories to the Fire Protection Association of NZ Code of Ethical Conduct. Please contact Coltraco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange meetings and visit our new product site at www.portalevel-max.com to see our latest liquid level indicator design now operating in 20 countries on 5 continents.

    • July 2012 - Introducing the new Portalevel™ Analytical from Coltraco Limited

      We are pleased to announce the launch of Portalevel™ Analytical. The Portalevel Analytical has been based significantly on the recent Portalevel MAX unit and offers the user a further variety and depth of capabilities. The internal analysis of the unit can interface with an oscilloscope so that an operator can study the ultrasonic energy waveforms.This provides an operator with a definite insight to the ultrasonic signal as it passes through the cylinder or tank and the behavior it is experiencing. The Portalevel MAX aspect of the Portalevel Analytical can also be used in a standalone capability without the oscilloscope for the more typical applications. This offers the user with the ability to gain a more complete understanding of how the unit is operating in different materials and the most versatility across a variety of applications:

      Featuring
      • Building on the design of Portalevel™ MAX, this unit operates with the simple Go-No-Go indication
      • Universal port allowing the unit to interface with any oscilloscope and supplied with its own Oscillograph
      • In interface with an oscilloscope so that an operator can study the ultrasonic energy waveforms
      • Giving a definite insight as to the behavior of the ultrasonic signal as it passes through the cylinder or tank on the Oscillograph, simultaneously with the display from the Portalevel™ Analytical itself.
    • George Hunter as our Director of Sales 1st of June 2012

      It is with pleasure that Coltraco appoints George Hunter as our Director of Sales with effect 1st of June 2012. George has operated successfully in the shipping, offshore-petrochemical, aerospace and defence and fire safety sectors for 3 years, creating special relationships with senior and operational leaderships in some of the world’s leading companies across 5 continents. Travelled and highly personable, George is a well regarded figure, and highly capable and able. George is pictured at the Singapore Air Show at which he recently represented the company. We wish him well in his duties, which will encompass the management of our global key customer accounts and distribution network. We wish him all success in this exciting new challenge which we know he will enjoy and thrive in.

    • June 2012 – Coltraco appoints George Hunter as our Director of Sales

      It is with pleasure that Coltraco appoints George Hunter as our Director of Sales with effect 1st of June 2012. George has operated successfully in the shipping, offshore-petrochemical, aerospace and defence and fire safety sectors for 3 years, creating special relationships with senior and operational leaderships in some of the world’s leading companies across 5 continents. Travelled and highly personable, George is a well regarded figure, and highly capable and able. George is pictured at the Singapore Air Show at which he recently represented the company. We wish him well in his duties, which will encompass the management of our global key customer accounts and distribution network. We wish him all success in this exciting new challenge which we know he will enjoy and thrive in.

    • January 2010

      We are delighted to announce that the Portamarine and Portalevel liquid level indicator have been fully Approved by RINA, the Italian Classification Authority and Member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for the monitoring of shipboard CO2 extinguishing systems.
      The process for securing RINA Approval for the Portascanner is also underway and we look forward to confirming the award of official RINA Approval shortly."

    • February 2010

      About Coltraco Ltd.Carl Hunter, Business Development Director, and George Hunter, Business Manager have just enjoyed a week in Singapore visiting our customers. In January they also visited Coltraco customers in Hong Kong, Denmark and Germany.

    • March 2010 – Coltraco Limited Travels to Hamburg

      Earlier this month, a small delegation from Coltraco Limited travelled over to Hamburg to visit a number of our existing customers. We have worked in this great Hanseatic Trading City for many years and enjoyed a successful week.

      In addition to this, we had the pleasure of launching our Portascanner II, Ultrasonic Watertight Integrity Tester into a major US Bulk Carrier fleet, in order to monitor the condition of all their Hatch covers.

    • April 2010 – Delighted to appoint Commander Tim Forer as Naval Advisor

      We are delighted to announce that Commander (Retired) Tim Hayden, formerly of the Royal Navy, has joined Coltraco Limited as Naval Advisor. He will be assisting with the numerous Defence related projects that we are working on around the world. His timely arrival has corresponded with the introduction of our Portamarine, Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicator, into the French Navy on a trial period.

      Our sister company, Anglo Marine Overseas Services Limited have recently completed the redevelopment of their website. They have also finalised a Marketing Agreement with a leading On-Board Entertainment provider, in order to target the European based Ferry companies.

    • May 2010 – Leading Monaco based Tanker Fleet acquires Portamarine

      A Leading Tanker Fleet based out of Monaco acquired Portamarine, Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicators for their whole fleet this month. The Portamarine is the world leading Ultrasonic Liquid Level Indicator in the world with well over 11,000 units in operation globally. They are capable of identifying the liquid content of fire extinguishing cylinders and provide Ship Operators an ideal method of monitoring their Fire Suppression systems.

    • June 2010 – Demonstrations in the Far East with the Singapore Navy

      A delegation from Coltraco Limited travelled out to Singapore this month in order to demonstrate the use of our equipment to the Singapore Navy. We were displaying the Portascanner II, Portamarine and Portagauge II units to them and spent a few days carrying out extensive trials and tests with our equipment. Whilst in Singapore we took the opportunity to visit many of our existing customers in the Region and enjoyed a wonderful few days renewing old friendships.

      Throughout June as well our Business Development team travelled to Paris and a bright future relationship was also finalised with a company in China who we are looking forward to working with over the next few years.

    • July 2010 – Sellafield order 2nd Generation of the Permalevel

      Sellafield Limited, the Nuclear Waste Management facility in the UK, specially commissioned Coltraco Limited to created a fixed Liquid Level Indicator in early 2000, to monitor some of their tanks. This month we are delighted to announce we will be delivering a second Generation of Permalevel’s to Sellafield and we look forward to supporting them further for the next 10 years.

      The Managing Director and some of the Business Development team also travelled out to Hong Kong this month where they enjoyed a successful week visiting customers and creating new relationships.

    • August 2010 – Commissioning of the Next Generation of Technical Support from Coltraco Limited

      This month, we have commissioned a big step forward in the way that we deliver post sales support to our customers. We will soon create a sophisticated, interactive, online training scheme for our Portascanner II, Ultrasonic Watertight Integrity Tester. This system will include a detailed visual tutorial of the optimum operation of the unit, depicting a realistic visual environment in which this equipment would typically operate. There will be interactive demonstrations using the equipment, for the user to imitate what has been previously taught and finally a resource of information showing the ideal methods of remedying any problems that are located. Coltraco Limited also finalised a marketing agreement with Intoximeters, USA, the world leaders in the Manufacture and Design of Alcohol Breath Test Equipment, and we look forward to supporting them in the Maritime Sector.

    • September 2010 – Portascanner II achieves Classification Society Approval

      This month the Portascanner II successfully passed the final testing procedures and has been awarded Type Approval from the Italian Classifications Society and member of IACS, RINA. We look forward to launching this new approved unit into the market.

      During September we also had delegations travelling to the SSM Show in Hamburg, our Managing Director visited Singapore and we also visited Rotterdam.

    • October 2010 – Demonstration to the Italian Navy in Toranto

      The Portamarine, Portascanner II and Portagauge II were demonstrated to the Italian Navy this week, at their main Naval Base in Southern Italy, Taranto. We enjoyed a few days with the Italian Navy displaying the application and accuracy of our equipment on board one of their Aircraft Carriers, the Giuseppe Garibaldi. As well as interest from the Surface Fleet we also received noticeable interest from the NBC (Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare) & CW (Chemical Warfare) Departments who saw considerable benefit in using the Portascanner in maintenance and surveys of these seals around the vessels.

    • November 2010 – Travelling back out to Singapore

      In November, we travelled back out to Singapore in order to visit our Customers in the Far East and in order to develop our relationship with the Singapore Navy.

      Back at home, we also finalised out relationship with Solenvis Flow Meters, a leading supplier of Flow Meters to numerous different sectors across the UK and Europe. In our new relationship we will be jointly our product ranges and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with Solenvis.

    • December 2010 – A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Coltraco Limited!

      May we wish you all happy Holidays during this Christmas period and wish you all the prosperity and success for the New Year.

    • January 2011 – Coltraco Limited tour of the Middle East

      Straight into 2011, and we had a team touring the Middle East visiting countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Bahrain.

      Two more successful Projects began to materialise for us this month with both the Royal Navy and US Coast Guard procuring our Portascanner II and Portamarine units respectively. We have supported both of these organisation for over 20 years and it is always exciting for us to see this relationship continuing.

    • February 2011 – Middle East tour continued

      Earlier this month, our delegation spent a week in the UAE, visiting Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi. It was an exciting trip for us returning to the UAE as we have not travelled out there for many years. Meeting customers in many different market sectors, Agents and Partners it was a truly beneficial and successful trip.

    • March 2011 – Leading European Bulk Carrier opts for the Portascanner II

      This March, yet another leading European Bulk Carrier Operator has decided that the Portascanner II is the equipment of choice for their Bulk Carrier Fleet. This is exciting news form Coltraco Limited and yet more confidence that our Ultrasonic Watertight Integrity Tester is the unit of choice for Operators looking to monitor the condition of their Hatch covers and to reduce the risk of water ingress damage. Our Travels continued at Coltraco Limited with George Hunter, our Manager Business Development, travelling out to Antwerp, Belgium.

    • April 2011 – Off to visit Hamburg

      Never miss an opportunity to visit, a small team went out to Hamburg to visit all of our existing customers. Another excellent trip to the Region and always a delight to be there.

    • May 2011 – Launching of new Website & Micro Site

      This Month we have the pleasure of the combined launch of our new website and our Microsite! Both of these developments are a step forward for Coltraco Limited in delivering all of our Customers the most easy and pleasant experience that we can. We look forward for the benefits of our New Training Microsite to filter down to our customers and we do hope that all the users of the Portascanner II get a chance to use it soon. (If you are a user of the Portascanner and have not yet been given access, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

    • June 2012 – Coltraco Ltd to Launch New Products

      Coltraco Ltd is launching couple of safety management and preventative maintenance solution for its clients across the globe in the month of June. The new products include Permalevel®, Permalevell® Multiplex, Portalevel® MAX, Permascanner™ Dynamic and Portacare®. All these products are specially designed to serve different safety management and preventative maintenance purposes. To know details of these products and how they best work for you, just click here

    • June 2012 – Launching of PERMASCANNER

      Coltracto Ltd is also pleased to announce the launching of Permascanner™ Dynamic – a semi fixed system designed to enable an operator to monitor the watertight or weathertight degradation of the seals in watertight compartments, doors, holds and hatchcovers. The system includes full Portascanner® kit together with Extended Hi-Life Extended Permascanner® Generator. Coltraco Ltd also provides 3 year warranty and life time technical support for this equipment. click here

    • July 2012 -Next Generation Portalevel™ MAX Launches at Posidonia 2012

      After 2 years in development Coltraco Limited launched Portalevel™ MAX at last month's Posidonia 2012, the world's most prestigious maritime exhibition. Portalevel™ MAX is the Next Generation portable liquid level indicator for monitoring fire suppression systems comprising CO2, FM200™, NOVEC™, Halons, and other liquid-based Halon replacement extinguishants using easy-to-use clean, environmentally-safe ultrasonic technology. Over 20 years Coltraco has pioneered the deployment of portable ultrasonic liquid level indicators globally with Naval, Shipping, Offshore-Petrochemical, Power-Generating and Fire Safety Engineering users across 105 countries. Portalevel™ MAX uses our 8th generation technology embodying the best of our Royal Naval and Admiralty Research traditions. Its NATO Stock No is 6680-99-192-2735 and the design team was led by Mr Eric Charlton Hunter, who was engaged in SONAR in HM Submarine Service and the Admiralty Research Laboratories in the UK for over 30 years. The aim of Portalevel™ MAX was to produce an ergonomic "Go-No Go" unit Including a variety of new features:

      • NEW 'single touch' Calibration feature for speed of use
      • NEW backlit user-friendly LCD display for clear operation in dark environments
      • 4 different Power settings for wide variety of cylinder material applications
      • Instant, definitive results through the "calibration-and-proceed-to-test" control
      • Advanced technology for ease of use
      • New durable ergonomic metal case design fits easily into the hand
      • Works on a wide range of cylinder sizes and liquids or liquid gases
      • Optional range of accessories and through-life Total Care maintenance options

      Please review the unit in more detail on www.portalevel-max.com and enquire to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    CEO Message

    Integrity and Science Key to Our Culture of Performance

    Dear Coltraco Customers, Strategic Partners and Distributors,

    Integrity is our defining value. Performance is its consequence. We understand that our customers have choices, and how we perform determines whether customers choose us. Coltraco’s Code of Ethics does not merely require compliance with laws. It embodies a Commitment to positive behaviours that build trust, promote respect, operate with distinction, with courtesy and global levels of performance, demonstrating our integrity and delivering customer performance.

    We honour our commitments, communicate transparently, and act with honour. Ethics are the foundation of our performance culture and our science-based approach. We lead in specific technologies delivering the watertight integrity monitoring of marine structures and the monitoring of fixed liquefied gaseous fire extinguishing systems and the room integrity of protected space to ensure agent hold-times post-installation. We show this by our understanding of the science in them and the mathematics that explain them.

    I would like to thank you for your business and for the relationships with our Customers, Strategic Partners, Distributors and ODAs who we value so highly.

    My kindest regards,
    Carl

    Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS
    CEO & Managing Director
    Coltraco Ultrasonics Limited
    46-47 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2SA
    United Kingdom

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