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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Sea-Fire Marine and AB Inflatables USA.

Adding an international distributor, Sea-Fire Marine said the National Petroleum Services Co. in Kuwait will offer Sea-Fire systems and related products as part of its specialized fire systems and firefighting/fire alarm services.

"Napesco will enable us to further expand our customer base in Kuwait and the surrounding markets," Sea-Fire Europe business development manager Richard Duckworth said in a statement. "Their experience and reputation are a valuable addition to our sales efforts."

Baltimore-based Sea-Fire offers automatic and manual/automatic fire suppression systems.

Napesco, established in 1993, provides a range of services in the oil and gas industries of the Middle East. It was the first Kuwaiti company to receive DNV and Lloyd’s approval as a service supplier for marine vessels for fire alarm/firefighting services.

It is also the only company that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved for the testing and recertification of firefighting and compressed gas cylinders in Kuwait.

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AB Inflatables USA, an importer and distributor to North America for AB inflatable boats, appointed four new dealerships in Florida, Maine, Oregon and Washington.

They are:

• Yachting Solutions, Rockport, Maine

• Inflatable Boats of Florida, Naples

• Northwest Inflatable Boats, Portland, Ore., and Gig Harbor, Wash.

AB Inflatables is based in Barranquilla, Colombia.



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