Don Luis Arbulu, visionary leader, founder and president of Grupo Arbulu, passes away at 88

Grupo Arbulu regrets to inform the passing of its esteemed founding partner and president, Don Luis Arbulu, who breathed his last on January 1, 2024, at the age of 88 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His demise marks the end of an era for the global maritime industry.

Don Luis Arbulu’s indomitable determination, far-reaching vision, unyielding work ethic, and profound passion for the maritime world were pivotal in propelling Grupo Arbulu to the forefront of the international maritime sector. The news of his passing has left an irreplaceable void in the hearts of the entire Grupo Arbulu family and resonated deeply within the global maritime community.

From the modest origins of NAUTICAL in 1969, where a small office housed merely four employees, to its current status as a benchmark in the international fishing sector, Don Luis’s leadership and unwavering commitment set an exemplary standard. His legacy is one of resilience, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

The announcement of Don Luis’s passing has elicited an outpouring of condolences and support from employees, friends, clients, partners, and competitors alike, expressed through various social media platforms. Colleagues fondly remember him as a stalwart in the maritime industry, a true gentleman, and an exemplary entrepreneur.

Don Luis Arbulu, a member of an extraordinary generation that played a pivotal role in the development and professionalization of the naval electronics sector, leaves behind a legacy defined by professionalism, leadership, integrity, business acumen, innovative vision, and an empathetic approach to building enduring relationships.

Those fortunate enough to have known him personally recall his humility, determination, work ethic, generosity, passion for the sector, and an exceptional sense of humor. His legacy is expected to endure within Grupo Arbulu, particularly in his successor, Iñaki, who inherits not only his professional values but also his personal ones.

Grupo Arbulu pays its respects to Don Luis Arbulu, a visionary leader, and expresses deep gratitude for the indelible mark he left on the maritime industry. May he rest in peace.