Mackay seeks presence in the African market

International Boating Industry News reports that marine electronics specialist Mackay Marine has expanded its global footprint via the acquisition of South African nav/comm company Dynamic Marine Systems. The deal, announced late last month, adds a Cape Town presence to MacKay Marine’s 43 global locations, the company said in a statement.

Mackay Marine specialises in the sale and servicing of navigational equipment for all vessel classes and sizes. Dynamic Marine Systems (DMS) is active across all maritime sectors including coastal, oil & gas, and commercial fishing.

Jeff Schlacks, Mackay President, said the inclusion of South Africa in the company’s global footprint had been a long-term goal: “Waldo Fourie and Todd Gaine (DMS) – who will remain in charge – have built a stellar team serving nav/com and dynamic positioning customers. Combining DMS with Mackay’s 43 global locations, abundant inventory, extensive training, and breadth of comm/nav partners, will elevate both organizations to better serve current and future customers,” Schlacks said.

In a statement posted on their website DMS management said the company would henceforth be rebranded as Mackay Marine South Africa. “All management and personnel of DMS will remain and continue to serve the same diverse marine customer base with consistent quality of service,” the post said. “This merger will benefit both Mackay and DMS customers – expanding Mackay’s global service network and capabilities, while enhancing our joint presence in South Africa.  Our combined nav/comm and dynamic positioning electronics partnerships, extensive inventory, and highly trained staff will provide a more robust product & service offering to regional customers and commercial vessels along the southern trade route,” DMS said.

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