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About Us

Goltens is the only independent repair specialist to offer owners, managers and OEMs all-inclusive worldwide service.

Each year over 3,000 clients including ship-owners, shipyards, industrial plants and power stations, rely on Goltens to organize, plan and perform critical maintenance and repair work.

Goltens’ logo is one of the most trusted trademarks within the worldwide repair and service industry. Building a trustworthy trademark, like Goltens, just doesn’t happen overnight, it takes years of hard work, reliable service and solid reputation.

Presence

– We are right where you need us

Response

– We are always geared up to respond

Precision

– We get it right the first time

Our Values

Throughout our history, employees have considered Goltens to be a lifestyle, not just a job. Hard working people built the company, and the same still applies today.

Goltens management, engineers and technicians have a strong sense of dedication, proud to be a part of a company ensuring superior quality, leading-edge technology and highly specialized skills.

As an engine specialist we service and repair a wide range of diesel engines and related equipment. Through in place machining we eliminate downtime associated with the disassembly, transportation and reinstallation of machinery. To meet new environmental regulations we help plan and install green technology solutions that prolong the life-time of valuable assets.

Our customers see Goltens as a solution driven partner in avoiding revenue loss when the unexpected occurs. They know us as 1,000 skilled people in 14 countries dedicated to minimizing asset downtime.

Responding quickly to critical situations with services of predictably high quality has earned us a strong position with decision makers who focus on the value of uninterrupted operation. We work closely with leading equipment manufacturers. However, we are clearly independent to leave no doubt that our loyalty belongs to our customers.

About The Founder

Born on diminutive, picturesque Golten Island in western Norway on June 3, 1908, Goltens founder, Sigurd Golten, had three legitimate career choices – farming potatoes, fishing or becoming a seaman.

At the age of 14 he went to sea. Eighteen years later, he set up his first workshop in Brooklyn, New York. And, as the years passed – now over 100 years since his birth – the one-man shop has become the global entity we know as Goltens today.

Golten landed in New York, and started a marine repair workshop in Brooklyn in 1940. Golten got a good amount of work related to the war effort in the years that followed, expanding his shop with other able-bodied and qualified Norwegians stepping onto American soil. After World War II ended, Golten travelled to Oslo, Norway to establish Atlantic Diesel with his brothers Konrad and Knut. While the brothers stayed in the Norwegian capital to further develop Atlantic Diesel, which later became the European hub known as Goltens Oslo, Sigurd Golten returned to New York.

Oslo was just the start of the expansion – and Golten’s global vision of a worldwide organization and network. In his sailing years he saw first-hand the importance of top-quality machine shops and workshops. He wanted to be able to service his clients wherever they may be and he was thrilled to become a true global entity and to be able to put into use the original company slogan that is still on the wall at the Oslo office today – ‘Around the clock, around the world’.”

After Sigurd Golten became better known in the maritime community – with the patents for his crankshaft regrinding process, a knighting from the Norwegian government, and the establishment of Goltens locations the world over – people would ask him where he got his education from. Many assumed NTNU in Trondheim, thought of as the MIT of Norway. His daughter Sylvia Strand remembers his usual response. “He liked to say, ‘Well, I only had up to 7th grade… and Sunday school.’”

The education – along with his truly international focus – came during his eighteen years at sea. While many other seamen whiled away their free time playing cards, Golten used this time to develop his talents both in business and as a person. Not only did he teach himself how to play the mandolin and accordion, but he also continually took engineering correspondence courses. This isn’t to say that Golten wasn’t social. Far from it. This aspect was also important after establishing the Goltens business. “He had a wonderful sense of humour, a love of life, and truly cared about people,” says Sylvia. “People trusted him, and knew that he cared. He was always on the phone worldwide, providing the personal touch.” Indeed, one could say that he took the one-to-one service ethic that one gets from growing up in a small location and made it an integral part of his global company.

Revolutionizing engine repair and saving time by developing a process for grinding a crankshaft in-situ is one of Golten’s true legacies, and one or which he was honoured with a patent in 1965. Since his death in 1986, Goltens’ engineers have continually refined and advanced the tooling and process to increase the precision and speed of repairs as well as to incorporate a wide range of additional in-situ machining capabilities to complement the crankshaft services. This core service area endures as one of Goltens’ most recognized services in the countries that Goltens now operates.

Let Goltens Solve Your Challenge

Goltens is the right partner for ship owners and power plant operators all over the world. Response to all service enquiries typically falls within 12 hours.

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