We are Grupo Arbulu

Grupo Arbulu companies make up one of the biggest group specialized in marine electronics and satellite communications in the world.

We are a group made up of independent companies, each of them leader in their own segment. The group is made up of nine companies: Nautical, Marine Instruments, Aage Hempel, Holsat, Navteam, Silecmar, SMD, e3Systems and Radioelectronic.

With these nine companies, we are able to cover all the needs of marine electronics and satellite communications on board for all types of vessels worldwide: merchant, fishing, military ships, tuna vessels, trawlers, longliners, megayachts

We have come a long way since 1969, when our founder, Luis Arbulu, set up his business with the foundation of Nautical in Puerto de la Luz (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).

Since then, our dimensions have changed, but one idea remains: our clients are always the centre of all we do. This allows us to maintain our leading position in the market and offer them the best technological solutions fully adapted to their needs.


In Grupo Arbulu we offer the fishing, merchant and superyatch industry a wide range of technological solutions to improve their activities on board.

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Our history

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All companies are experts in their fields of marine electronics and satellite communications.


Specialists in deep-sea fishing vessels: trawlers & tuna clippers

  • Sales of electronic equipment
  • Technical service for installation and maintenance
  • Satellite communications service provider
  • Total Turnover 2020: 42M€
  • Staff: 63
  • 5 offices in Spain and subsidiaries in Ivory Coast, Seychelles, Ecuador and Panama

Aage Hempel

Specialists in merchant ships, distribution and 24/7 technical support

  • aage hempel crame Largest marine electronics service company for commercial vessels & Dealer Network in Spain
  • Market leader in provision of quality, accredited and certified technical service both on-board and ashore
  • Total Turnover 2020: 17 M €
  • Staff: 113
  • Service Centres: 14 of their own Service Centres, as well as service subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Morocco and Panama


Specialists en SatCom R&D, design, installation and service

  • Monitoring and decision-making solutions for the maritime industry.
  • International service network onboard vessels and in port.
  • Main office in France, with subsidiaries in Taiwan and Mauritius.
  • Total Turnover 2020: 10M €
  • Staff: 44


Specialists in R&D of automation and control systems for the maritime market

  • International Technical Support Service.
  • Main office in Santander (Spain).
  • Total Turnover 2019: 0,5M €
  • Staff: 11


Specialists in commercial vessels and work boats. NavCom equipment supply, service and consulting. Ready to respond 24/7/365

  • Market leader in North- and East Europe with the highest quality of service.
  • New buildings, retrofit Installation, service contracts and Airtime.
  • Knowledge center and system integrator.
  • Total Turnover 2019: 11 M €
  • Staff: 33
  • Service offices in Denmark and Malaysia.
  • Service agent network in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.


Specialists in merchant ships and 24/7 technical support in South Africa, Namibia and throughout Africa

  • Market leader with the highest quality of service both on board and ashore
  • Compliant with Classification Societies and Regulatory Bodies
  • Total Turnover 2020: 5 M€
  • Staff: 55
  • Offices in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richards Bay (South Africa), Walvis Bay (Namibia), Port Louis (Mauritius) and Mombasa (Kenya)


Specialists in Superyacht communications including satellite, GSM/3G/4G, terrestrial broadband and IT integration

  • Installation, maintenance and technical support
  • Integrated and hybrid communications, IT and TV solutions
  • Total Turnover 2020: 10.5M €
  • Staff: 28
  • Offices and subsidiaries in Spain, France, Italy, Malta and USA

Marine Instruments

Specialists in the design, development and manufacture of electronic equipment for geo-positioning, and management software for marine, fisheries, oceanographic and environmental applications.

  • Solutions tailored to customer needs
  • Fleet Tracking Systems and fishing
  • Total Turnover 2020: 34 M €
  • Staff: 138

Radio Electronic

Specialist in marine electronics and satellite communications solutions mainly for the fisheries sector.  

  • Sales of electronic equipment
  • Technical service, installation and mantainance
  • Satellite communication service provider
  • Total turnover 2020: 5M €
  • Staff: 35
  • Offices in Namibia

Technological solutions

Through all our companies, we offer our clients the best solutions adapted to their specific needs.


Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) system to register fishing operations securely and efficiently. The system was developed following the EFCA (European Fisheries Control Agency) recommendations. Was developed in collaboration with Archipelago, global leader in monitoring programmes.The system stores images and videos in HD along with all the information collected during the trip, such as location, speed, course or sensor data.It includes a GPS reciever, supports multiple sensors and up to 8 cameras to register fishing operations, catches, bycatches, illegal fishing, transhipments, etc.

For more information: www.marineinstruments.es


The recent and more frequent pirate attacks to vessels have highlighted the importance of on-board security for which different security solutions have been developed. When navigating the west coast of Africa, the Horn of Africa, Southeast Asia or other vulnerable seas, it is vital to be able to contact the Coast Guard, and at that time it is where the CITADEL solution becomes important. L
NAVTEAM offers CITADEL solutions tailored to every need, based on Iridium and Inmarsat communications, with portable phones and VHF, all pre-programmed and very easy to install in the vessel’s safety cabin. The antennas connected on deck are all camouflaged or hidden, depending on the vessel and its requirements. NAVTEAM offers a complete solution including equipment and air-time, and turnkey installation if desired.
For more information: sales@navteam.com or visit us at www.navteam.com

Comprehensive Mantainance

Comprehensive Maintenance agreements – Aage Hempel group manages comprehensive and flexible maintenance of complete fleets aimed at improving efficiency, reducing operating costs and operating the vessel to meet the specific requirements of each fleet. Its “Multi-Brand Service”, certified quality of service and extensive service network with more than 22 offices over 3 continents are essential to successfully implement comprehensive maintenance.

For more information: www.aagehempel.com

Adapted fleet tracking

It is a system for monitoring and controlling mobile phones via satellite in real time on electronic cartography through coded messages in different formats with worldwide coverage. There is a civil version with main applications for shipping companies and ship owners with an optional integrated anti-piracy alarm system, and a version for defense and security organizations, including devices for monitoring hostile ships, land vehicles and key personnel and a high resistance to penetrability (frequency hopping and encryption). It is fully compatible with other existing database systems and with other land and naval charts. For more information: www.nautical.es

Satcom flat antennas

These flat antennas for satellite communications have successfully demonstrated high-speed two-way Internet connectivity with K- band satellites. These antennas are designed with a meta-material base by Kymeta and are already revolutionizing the satellite communications sector and antenna installation, as well as the vessels design.
For more informaiton: www.e3s.com


Our offices are all around the world


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grupoarbulu it aims to continue to grow, organically, and help grow those leading companies in its market segment, who wish to join this group and its philosophy.

The companies that make up grupoarbulu keep their own culture and organizational structure, autonomy, strategy and management team.

grupoarbulu supports the growth objetives of each of its companies based on the capabilities, experience and relationship to their clients apoya los objetivos de crecimiento basado en la capacidad, experiencia y cercanía de los clientes de cada compañía y con visión a largo with a long-term vision.

Latest news

Aage Hempel Group, one of the largest marine electronic group in Europe, and member of grupoarbulu, has entered into an agreement to acquire 70% of the Greek company Marvel, a well-established company in the Greek market for technical solutions and support within the Maritime sector. It is foreseen that the closing of the transaction will…

In this interview for Navalia, our CEO shares his reflections on the experience that COVID-19 has meant for the companies of grupoarbulu.

grupoarbulu, the largest marine electronic group in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, has joined the well-known Namibian company RADIO ELECTRONIC, one of the market leaders in marine electronics, IT solutions, connectivity, radio & satcom solutions, and high standard services for the fishing fleet and land applications in Namibia, with premises in Walvis…


In view of the current situation of the epidemiological emergency caused by the global expansion of COVID-19, grupoarbulu informs that, in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the guidelines issued by the national and local authorities, the Group and all the companies that comprise it are adopting the necessary measures to…

Aage Hempel Group, one of the largest marine electronic groups in Europe, and member of grupoarbulu, has acquired 100% of the UK Charity & Taylor, a well-established company in UK market, and one of the leaders in technical solutions and support for the Maritime sector in the UK. Nigel Darling, former CEO & owner of…


grupoarbulu, a European leader of marine tech solutions, is pleased to announce that it has acquired a 70% stake in SILECMAR, a company founded in 2.006 in Santander (Spain), specialized in research and development of automation and control systems for the maritime market. grupoarbulu and SILECMAR are excited about this great news which will contribute…

grupoarbulu, the largest marine electronic group in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, has acquired 73.5% of the French group HOLSAT, one of the market leaders in technical solutions and connectivity for the Maritime sector in France and across Europe, with subsidiaries in Taiwan and Mauritius and active on a worldwide scale. Today…


Francisco Pino, R&D Director of Marine Instruments, e Iñaki Arbulu, CEO of grupoarbulu, have won the Innovation Award at the national final of the XXIII Spanish edition of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. EY grants these prestigious awards to the entrepreneurs that have shown their excellence and drive in the areas of innovation, financial…


Our president, Mr. Luis Arbulu, has been honoured at the FINE Awards, which have been given during the World Maritime Week, held in Bilbao from 12-14 February. At a ceremony which coincides with the 50th anniversary of our company NAUTICAL, Mr. Luis Arbulu, president and founder of grupoarbulu has received an honorary award in recognition…


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Carmelo Zabala as Managing Director of NAUTICAL, with immediate effect as of today. Carmelo Zabala graduated in Nautical and Maritime Transport from the University of La Coruña (Spain); Where after navigating the principal routes and ports worldwide during a period of 14 years in tankers (VLCC, LPG,…

We are pleased to announce the incorporation of Steve Reeve to the team of grupoarbulu as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at their offices in Madrid, while maintaining his actual position as Financial Manager of Aage Hempel Group. His principal function will be the management of grupoarbulu in financial, strategic and organisational matters. He will work…

  Francisco Pino, R & D Director of Marine Instruments, and Iñaki Arbulu, CEO of grupoarbulu will compete on behalf of Marine Instruments representing Galicia in the national final of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, to be held at the end of February in Madrid. There it will compete with the finalists of…

Last April 17, our dear friend and colleague Carlos Suárez del Villar passed away. Carlos joined NAUTICAL in 1989 and since then, throughout his career, has demonstrated his great capacity for work, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm, contributing decisively to the development and growth of various areas of the company and in the sector, playing in…

Our company Marine Instruments has been named as one of the finalists, and Ruban d’Honneur recipients, in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM. The company has been selected as one of the ten European finalists within the “Growth Strategy of the Year” category and will now compete in the third and final round,…

In this year’s edition of the Spanish Maritime Cluster prizes, grupoarbulu has been awarded the Prize to the International Projection. In the awards ceremony, the wide international reach of the Group was particularly emphasised. The award was presented by Alfonso de Senilllosa, deputy director of the Cabinet of the President of the Government, and Javier…

“Connecting the unconnected in Brazil” is the motto of Ubicon. This grupoarbulu startup is born with the mission of improving the productivity and well being of those working far from home, whether at sea, on road or rail or in remote locations, using the latest communications, tracking and digital media technology. Ubicon offers a range…

Global partnership: grupoarbulu & SCAN Antenna A/S! It is with great pleasure that grupoarbulu & SCAN Antenna A/S! today can announce the sealing of a global agreement regarding maritime antennas. “In grupoarbulu we are known for our excellent service and top quality product. By using SCAN Antenna products we know we can continue to promise…

Jotron signs frame agreement with grupoarbulu Jotron AS, a leading manufacturer of professional communication systems for land, sea and air safety, has signed a sales frame agreement with Spanish group grupoarbulu grupoarbulu is comprised of specialists within the fields of marine electronics, satellite communication and IT on board. Being one of the largest marine electronic…

Strategy and Synergies Meeting of grupoarbulu a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z … and per se and ……  The past days 4th, 5th and 6th November 2014 all grupoarbulu companies met in Madrid to define…

New appointments in grupoarbulu company Luis Arbulu,President,grupoarbulu Arend de Boer,Director, SMD Brian Chambers,Managing Director, SMD Andile Dhlomo,General Manager, SMD Iñaki Arbulu,CEO, grupoarbulu We are pleased to announce that during last Board Meeting on 26th Feb 2014 has been appointed Brian Chambers as Managing Director de SMD and Andile Dhlomo has been promoted to General Manager…




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