Marine Science and Technology Company Chelsea Joins Sonardyne
Subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. The acquisition is part of a long-term growth strategy for Sonardyne to diversify into markets where it sees an opportunity to build on its core technology base and expertise in underwater acoustic and optical communications, navigation and autonomous monitoring systems.
In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne will strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access more international territories.
Chelsea, based in West Molesey, Surrey, has a broad base in environmental sensing technology spanning markets in fresh and waste water, oceanography and a wide range of industrial applications. In addition to its optical engineering capability, it provides underwater acoustic products to both civilian and defense customers.
Chelsea will remain an independent business, as part of the Sonardyne group of companies. Chelsea’s Brian Phillips will become executive chairman of the company, while Stephen Fasham will move from a senior management role at Sonardyne to become managing director at Chelsea. —Sonardyne