Global Leaders

grupoarbulu comprises a group of companies specialized in a field of marine electronics and satellite communications.
grupoarbulu goal is to be an independent top player supplier in the global marine market becoming a true life cycle management partner to all our customers focus on exceeding their expectations and dedicated to create smart solutions at an unrivaled competitive of ownership.


Working closely together, mutual trust, clarity, open minds, honesty and long term aims are the core values which underpin our commitment both to our clients and to the other members of the grupoarbulu team.

Luis Arbulu


Iñaki Arbulu

CEO & Managing Director

Victoria Hilara

Financial Manager

Marcos Montes de Oca

Information Systems Manager



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


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

  • Sales of electronics equipment
  • Technical service for installation and maintenance
  • Satellite communications service provider
  • Total Turnover 2017: 52 M€
  • Staff: 71
  • 5 offices in Spain and subsidiaries in Ivory Coast, Seychelles, Ecuador and Panama

Angel Gª-Paz (Director)

Carmelo Zabala (Director)

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 2017: 17M €
  • Staff: 115
  • Service Centres: 14 of their own Service Centres, as well as service subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Portugal, Malta, Morocco and Panama

Ioannis Papaefthymiou (Managing Director)


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 2017: 8M Euro
  • Staff: 22
  • Service offices in Denmark, Poland and Malaysia.
  • Service agent network in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.

Jens Byrdal (Managing Director)


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 2017: 5 M€
  • Staff: 56
  • Offices in Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay and Walvis Bay in Namibia (Namibia SMD)

Andile Dhlomo (Managing Director)

Arend de Boer (Director)


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 2017: 10M €
  • Staff: 32
  • Offices and subsidiaries in Spain, France, Italy, Malta and USA

Roger Horner (Managing Director)

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 2017: 41M €
  • Staff: 112

Gabriel Gómez Celaya (Director General)


Throughout our group of companies, we are committed to offering our clients the best solutions tailored to their specific needs.


This is an incredibly easy and simple system enabling you to control and track your vessels from any smartphone, tablet or PC. There are two configurations, basic for small boats and complete for medium-large boats, which provide a significant range of information: position, tracking, battery status, presence, open door, water, motor temperature and different alarms.

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The recent years of frequent hi-jackings of vessels and crews has increased the attention on crew safety and created a need for anti-piracy solutions. When sailing on the west coast of Africa, the Horn of Africa, South-east Asia or other vulnerable seas, it can be vital always to be able to get in contact with the coast guard, and this is exactly where the citadel package is extremely important.
NAVTEAM offers customized CITADEL solutions, both Iridium and Inmarsat, with handheld telephones and VHF, all pre-programmed and easy for the crew to install in vessel safe room. The connecting antennas above deck are all disguised or concealed, depending on customer vessel.
NAVTEAM offers the complete package of equipment, hardware and airtime – and installation if so desired.
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Full maintenance

Full Maintenance Agreements (FMA) – Aage Hempel group provides comprehensive, flexible and tailor made maintenance to complex fleets. It adapts to the specific requirements of each fleet in order to improve efficiency and control operative costs. Its “multi-brand service”, certified quality service and extensive service network of more than 22 offices spread over 3 continents are essential components in ensuring successful delivery of a complete marine electronics maintenance service.

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Adapted tracking system

This is a global coverage, real time satellite tracking system using electronic charts, which provides encrypted messages in different formats. There are two versions, one is a civil version aimed at shipping companies and offers an optional integrated anti-piracy alarm. The second version is aimed at the defence and security sectors and includes a high standard encrypted tracking system to track hostile vessels, land vehicles and key personnel. It is totally compatible with other database systems and terrestrial and marine charts platforms.

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satcom flat pannel antena

This is an innovative metamaterials-based flat-panel antenna for satellite communications which has successfully demonstrated bi-directional high-speed Internet connectivity with a Ka broadband satellite. This is the first time a metamaterials-based antenna has established an internet connection over a satellite link and confirms that Kymeta is ready to move into commercial product development and production.

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Represented brands



One of gruboarbulu’s key goals is to continue growing organically and, at the same time, to support the growth of market leader companies who wish to join the group and adhere to our principles.

grupoarbulu companies maintain their own culture, organizational structure, autonomy, strategies and management team.

grupoarbulu offers long term commitment to supporting the growth strategy of the individual companies within the group based on each company’s capability, experience and client base.

If you are interested in joining us, do not hesitate to contact me for a free and frank discussion.

Latest news

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…

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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…

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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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