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Cat Acquires Johan Walter Berg AB

Caterpillar unveils Cat Marine Propulsion Systems, now offering complete propulsion packages

Posted on September 6, 2013

Caterpillar Marine’s acquisition of Johan Walter Berg AB has closed, enabling the marine power solutions provider to now offer complete propulsion systems to the commercial marine market. The firm’s core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships.

As a result of the acquisition, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat propulsion system for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters, aftermarket parts and remote control systems. All Cat Propulsion System products are ideally suited for the complete and comprehensive line of Cat and MaK medium- and high-speed engines, the company said.

Cat said that for customers in the commercial marine industry – specifically the offshore, tug and salvage, dredge and merchant segments – that the Cat propulsion system will enable them to readily purchase a Cat power solution, as well as a heavy duty thruster or propeller system, without having to rely on a third party vendor. Cat said it will be able to optimize the propulsion system to maximize efficiency, vessel availability and minimize operation cost.