75 Years of Marine Cooling Excellence

This year marks another milestone for R.W. Fernstrum in Menominee MI. 75 years ago the company was formed around an idea for a closed-circuit, marine cooling system small enough for US Navy landing craft. Robert Fernstrum, an engineer at Gray Marine in Detroit, moved his family back to his hometown of Menominee, Michigan to start his company around the product which has evolved into a global leading name in the marine industry.

R.W. Fernstrum & Company recognized twice for green leadership.

January 12, 2024. Menominee MI. USA - R.W. Fernstrum, a global leader in marine heat exchanger cooling systems has been recognized by not one- but two international environmental organizations. R.W. Fernstrum is the only marine heat exchanger company to join the Green Award Network and be accepted as a Green Award Incentive provider.

2023 Update: ISO 9001:2015 Certification by ABS Quality Evaluations

June 23, 2023 – R.W. Fernstrum & Company received ISO 9001:2015 certification in September of 2020 following an audit performed by ABS Quality Evaluations. The scope of Fernstrum’s registration includes the engineering, design, manufacturing, and sales of heat exchangers for marine and industrial applications. That certification has been revised and renewed as of June 23, 2023 and is effective until September 1, 2026.

MENOMINEE BASED R.W. FERNSTRUM COMPANY A TOP TEN FINALIST FOR “COOLEST THING MADE IN MICHIGAN”

After a first round with thousands of votes cast, Menominee’s own R. W. Fernstrum & Company has advanced to the final round of the 2021 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan”

R.W. Fernstrum nominated for ‘Coolest Thing Made in Michigan,’ seeks votes

MENOMINEE—Menominee’s own R.W. Fernstrum & Company is receiving statewide recognition for its GRIDCOOLER® Keel Cooler, which has been nominated for the 2021 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” presented by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).

Menominee Company’s Product Reaches Final Round of Coolest Thing Made In Michigan Contest

A Michigan based company’s product has made it to the final round of the 2021 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” contest.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification by ABS Quality Evaluations

September 2, 2020 – R.W. Fernstrum & Company received ISO 9001:2015 certification following an audit performed by ABS Quality Evaluations. The scope of Fernstrum’s registration includes the engineering, design, manufacturing, and sales of heat exchangers for marine and industrial applications.

2018 Marine Technology Reporter’s 100 Companies

R.W. Fernstrum is listed as one of Marine Technology Reporter’s 100 innovative companies in the Subsea Sector.

2018 Marine News Top 100

For the fifth year in a row, R.W. Fernstrum & Company has been listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

2019 Marine News Top 100

For the sixth year in a row, R.W. Fernstrum & Company has been listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

R.W. Fernstrum Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

R.W. Fernstrum & Company received ISO 9001:2015 certification following an audit performed by Verisys Registrars in May. The scope of Fernstrum’s registration includes the engineering, design, manufacturing, and sales of heat exchangers for marine and industrial applications.

Maritime Reporter TV, Compression Sealing Kit

Watch Greg Trauthwein’s interview with Dave Peura, Sales Engineer with R.W. Fernstrum, as they discuss the potential effects a cofferdam installation may present for a keel cooler and development of the compression sealing kit.

Boat Building 101: Keep It Simple

“In an era of increasingly complicated regulations and sophisticated technologies disrupting the workboat sector, one piece of the equipment – the Keel Cooler – remains as possibly the most important and at the same time, the simplest piece of hardware on the water.” Click the link below to find out more on Joseph Keefe’s interview with Sean Fernstrum, Dale Gusick, Frank Bjorkman, and Dave Peura.

Maritime Reporter TV, Keel Cooler Installation: Isolation vs. Bonding

Watch Greg Trauthwein’s interview with Dale Gusick, Export Sales Manager with R.W. Fernstrum, as they discuss the potential impact of isolating or bonding a keel cooler to the hull.

M/V Magdalen

Late December, Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered the M/V Magdalen to Weeks Marine. The M/V Magdalen is a 350′ self-propelled hopper dredge and one of the largest in the United States. R.W. Fernstrum supplied WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the GE main engines and auxiliary systems.

Maritime Reporter TV, Keeping It Cool

Watch Greg Trauthwein’s interview with Sean Fernstrum, President of R.W. Fernstrum, as they discuss the marine market and myths surrounding keel cooling technologies.

Capt. Brian A. McAllister

The first EPA Tier IV tug to arrive on the U.S. East Coast. The Capt. Brian A. McAllister is a 100’x40′ tug featuring 6,700 hp and over 80 metric tons of bollard pull – built by Horizon Shipbuilding for McAllister Towing. R.W. Fernstrum supplied WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines.

Zero Discharge is Part of Our DNA, Marine Log

Marine Keel-Cooling Solutions: Zero Discharge is Part of Our DNA – Read Marine Log’s Green Technologies & Sustainable Shipping Supplement and learn about the environmentally friendly aspects of marine keel cooling.

2017 Marine News Top 100

R.W. Fernstrum is listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

The Hocke Net, WorkBoat Blog

Fernstrum visit cooler than expected – Read Ken Hocke’s blog on his recent visit with R.W. Fernstrum. Find out about Fernstrum’s facility and environment.

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News Article

R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping Things Cool for 67 Years – “digging for, and finding, business in all four corners of the world, above water and below”. Click the link below to find out more on Greg Trauthwein’s interview with Sean Fernstrum, Dale Gusick, and Frank Bjorkman.

2016 Marine News Top 100

R.W. Fernstrum & Company is listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

2015 Marine News Top 100

R.W. Fernstrum & Company is listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

MV Tokitae

The Olympic class Tokitae is the first of three 144-car ferries constructed by Vigor Fab for Washington State Ferries. R.W. Fernstrum & Company supplied GRIDCOOLER Keel Coolers for the project to cool the two EMD 12-710 GC diesel engines and Volvo D13 generator sets.

MV Michele Foss

Michele Foss is the first of three Arctic Class tugs constructed by Foss Shipyard for Foss Maritime. The Michele Foss is ice class DO – designed to withstand the rigors of Arctic operations. R.W. Fernstrum & Company supplied GRIDCOOLER Keel Coolers for the project to cool the Caterpillar C280-8 main engines, Caterpillar C9 Tier 2 generator set, and John Deere 4045 AFM 85 Tier 3 winch engine.

2014 Marine News Top 100

R.W. Fernstrum & Company is listed as one of MarineNews‘ Top 100 companies serving the North American inland, coastal, offshore and shallow-draft markets.

Ocean Tundra

Ocean Tundra is “Canada’s most powerful harbor tug” constructed by Ocean Industries and built to Robert Allan’s ‘TundRA 100’ design. R.W. Fernstrum & Company supplied copper nickel WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the MAK 9M25C main engines, Caterpillar C9 generator sets, towing winch, and auxiliary systems.

MV Connor Bordelon

Connor Bordelon is the first Stingray 260 class multipurpose PSV constructed by Bordelon Marine. R.W. Fernstrum & Company supplied WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the Cummins QSK-60 Tier 3 diesel engines, generator sets, Twin Disc MCD clutch, thrusters and bulk mud compressor.

Harvey Deep Sea

Harvey Deep Sea is the fourth Tiger Shark Class offshore support vessel constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. and delivered to Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC. R.W. Fernstrum & Company supplied WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 engines, diesel electric drive components, shaft generators, compressors, azimuth, and tunnel thrusters.

Bravante V & Bravante VI

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched Bravante VI and delivered the Bravante V to Brazil in August. R.W. Fernstrum & Company provided WEKA Boxcoolers for the project to cool the CUMMINS QSK 60-D(M) Tier 2 engines, diesel electric drive components, compressors, and propulsion generators.