About Kahlenberg UK

Kahlenberg UK Ltd is the European distributor for Kahlenberg Industries, Inc. providing full European support and local stock for Kahlenberg marine and industrial air horns, sound signals, controllers, air compressors and the company's other products.

Please contact us for further assistance at or on +44 (0)1635 35353

Sound signal legal requirements

IMO COLREGs bookWhile countries across Europe will have local laws that apply to ship and boat navigation, there is a common requirement worldwide for all leisure, commercial and military vessels to conform to the IMO International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. As Steve Austin, Senior Policy Lead at the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) explains: "The COLREGs apply to all vessels, there is no differentiation between coded and non-coded vessels. Should the whistles prove not to conform then they will need to be modified or changed."

"Whistles should conform to the performance in COLREGs, Appendix III and the appropriate parts of IEC 60945 to EN60945 which deal with the marine operating environment."

All Kahlenberg products meet or exceed these requirements. Many other new and currently installed sound signals are non-compliant and might be breaching maritime law and invalidating insurance cover.

Kahlenberg European distribution company established

From left to right: Erick Kahlenberg, Piers du Pré and Steve Kahlenberg launch Kahlenberg UK Ltd at Kahlenberg's factory in Two Rivers WisconsinUS manufacturer Kahlenberg Industries, Inc has appointed a new company, Kahlenberg UK Ltd, to handle the distribution of its full range of marine and industrial sound signals, sound signal controls, air compressors and accessories across all of Europe except Italy.

Kahlenberg UK Ltd builds on the success of sister company du Pré Marine since it was appointed as an agent for Kahlenberg in 2009.

Kahlenberg UK Ltd Chairman Piers du Pré, who also owns the telecommunications and IT specialist du Pré plc, explains: "The du Pré Group has extensive experience of managing support to BSI standards and the knowledge of how to build and maintain a thriving customer base within the UK and in overseas markets. du Pré Marine was formed to represent a very select, high quality range of niche marine products where full service back-up and a personal approach is required. As an active owner of an 18m trawler yacht I know how invaluable this is for leisure skippers, superyacht captains, vessel masters and ship managers alike.

"After a successful year representing Kahlenberg it was a natural step to create a dedicated company to match the high quality of Kahlenberg products with direct support this side of the Atlantic."

Kahlenberg UK Ltd will be based at the group headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire and benefit from an existing full service environment including in-house marketing, administration and stockholding. The company can instantly despatch popular models and common spares from stock, for small leisure craft right up to products for vessels in excess of 200m. du Pré plc has installed a direct telephone line with Kahlenberg Industries to enable toll free communications between both c ompanies.

Kahlenberg Industries' Vice President Erick Kahlenberg states: "We're really excited about this new initiative and confident that Piers and his team will provide excellent factory-backed sales and support across Europe for leisure, commercial and naval customers. Kahlenberg is investing heavily in its product range and the establishment of a base in Europe will allow us to promote and support the demand we see from the EU, more effectively."

Further information

Call Kahlenberg UK now on +44 (0)1635 35353 or email