More than a name.
After 50 years of building generator sets and customized marine engines for the work boat industry, MER has made the decision to brand our commercial built products "BOLLARD Engines & Generators". This isn't just a name change - it's a promise. A promise that when you purchase a BOLLARD you will be receiving the best of the best. A promise that we'll make the buying process simple, easy and informative. A promise that every step of the way, before, during, and after we are here to support you. We know you depend on our machines for your living so we design our products with you in mind.
The BOLLARD name assures you we have done everything we can to make them a
pleasure to purchase and a pleasure to own.
What to expect in 2014:
- Expanded line of propulsion engines: 78-750HP
- Expanded line of generators: 8-600kW
- Standardized, easy to understand model number system
- New brochures, charts, documentation & individual
- Website improvement & updates - With relevant service and installation information
- Improved training and support for operators and end users
- Dealer development & opportunities
Well, the brand itself encompasses how we got started and our commitment to our commercial customers - "To design and build products with the intention to minimize the cost of ownership". That means we search the world over for the most dependable components. We engineer and assemble them giving great thought and design to ease of maintenance, maximum functionality, longevity and fuel economy while minimizing as much vibration and noise as possible.
MER was born in 1964, indirectly the result of the largest earthquake ever recorded in Alaska, 9.2 on the Richter scale. Ivan fox, our Founder, was at the time in charge of Alaska Salmon production for new England Fish Co. After the earthquake and the resulting Tsunami, much of the fleet and processing capacity was severely damaged. Ivan and his crew worked tirelessly the spring of 1964 to salvage the salmon season. Even to the extent of having to raise the floor in his own remote cannery in Uganik by 4 feet. The earthquake actually lowered the ocean floor under his cannery, causing his warehouse and processing floor to flood during high tides. Hundreds of boats were swamped and millions of dollars of equipment had to be rebuilt in short order to make the summer deadline. Ivan and his port engineer, Larry Schusted, opened up shop in Ballard (Seattle, WA) to rebuild the marine engine and equipment damaged in the flood. The season was saved and Ivan's commitment to the fleet made him a trusted, reliable, parts and engine supplier to the fishing and work boat fleet for Alaska.
Our motto since that time has been "to help in any way we can, to be on call during the fishing season 24/7, to ship parts and offer assistance in any way possible to keep the fleet in operation." That commitment has been passed down to a second and third generation. To build the products that make life a little easier on a work-boat; to share the load. Our ownership is made up of fisherman and work boat operators. We are building products that we would want to own, and hope that you will too.
What is a bollard?
Bollards are an iconic piece of maritime history. They are seen as a steadfast, indestructible object that stands the test of time. You will often see these overlooking the water on a wharf or dock being used for something as simple as docking your boat or heavy duty applications such as Bollard Pull tests (read below).
1. Nautical .
a: A thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
b: A measure of the pulling force of a vessel against a stationary object like a bollard. i.e. Bollard pull.
c: The best engine & generator combination on the planet
Bollard pull test
Unlike in ground vehicles, the statement of installed horsepower
is not sufficient to understand how strong a vessel is. This is because
other factors such as transmission losses, propulsion type and propulsion
system efficiency have an influence as well.
"Bollard Pull" is a value that allows the comparison of the pulling force of watercraft, particularly tugboats. A mooring bollard may be used as a point of attachment for measuring the force, or pull of the craft.
Bollard Pull values are stated in tons or kiloNewtons (kN). They are an indication of the maximum pulling force that a ship can exert on another ship or an object
We strongly feel that the bollard, a steadfast
& iconic piece of maritime history and an integral part in determining a
vessel's capability, is the perfect representation of what we are all about.