Eight years ago Francisco Pelluz and Mónica del Toro launched Atlante Marine Solutions SL, a Company geared to increasing efficiency on-board yachts around the globe. Atlante has just opened its doors at their dedicated R&D and training facility in Palma de Mallorca.
Let us go behind the scenes to find out more about the man at the helm:
Born in Madrid, Francisco is a qualified Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with more than 15 years in the yachting industry. Within that time, he has been the Project Director and Chief Naval Architect on twelve new builds between 24-45m; he has been a Senior Project Manager in a Superyacht Shipyard in Barcelona, overseeing more than thirty yacht refits, and he has worked as an Independent Collision and Accident Surveyor for the Spanish Government and only touches on a fraction of his involvement with the maritime sector. His most notable feat to date came in 2013 when Francisco drew on experience from a varied career in the maritime sector to launch a new range of Portable Marine Diagnostic Systems.
Since the beginning of 2016, Atlante has been Lloyd´s approved to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Standard applicable to Marine Diagnostics and Consultancy.
Designed and built in house, Atlante’s software and hardware is equipped to analyse the Condition, Performance, Efficiency and Design of different systems on-board any yacht – be it Propulsion, Exhaust Systems, Generators, Engine Room and Interior Air Quality, Galvanic Corrosion, to name but a few.
“What they’re doing within Formula One, or merchant ships, we’re bringing that to the yachting industry,”Francisco says. “In F1 they’re constantly diagnosing ways to ensure their cars are the fastest. We’re making diagnoses to make yachts more efficient and to reduce failures. We monitor the conditions of systems, troubleshoot, and locate the root cause of failures in performance or efficiency.”
Within the head office in Palma, Francisco has a team of eight Naval Architects and Marine Engineers performing complete diagnostics on boats around the world. “Sometimes it comes down to design issues. Things fail, the crew fix them again and again but it can just come back to the fact that the design is wrong. My team’s experience, combined with our technology, means we can predict and prevent failures.” Atlante has worked with more than 120 different yachts and has carried out more than 200 different diagnosis over the past two years. A few days ago, Atlante opened the doors on a dedicated R&D and training center facility in Palma. The move means the company can put more time and resources into finding new, and improving existing, ways to diagnose issues with marine systems.
During his time in the industry, Francisco has worked with a variety of professionals from all walks of the maritime sector. As a result, he’s forged numerous relationships with Yacht Owners and Company Managers. But whether it be at work or at home, the charismatic Spaniard says “there’s a few systems that are more rewarding than others”.
“Invest in knowledge, experience and good friends, they are the most valuable assets one can have.”
Congratulations Team Atlante!