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EM now sole distributor of GF pipes


By Lucy Chabot Reed

Fort Lauderdale-based Environmental Marine Services (EM) has become the sole U.S. distributor of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer pipes and fittings for the superyacht industry.

“No one can get metric piping without ordering it, and that can take four-to-six weeks,” said Mary Griffin, who owns EM with her husband, former yacht engineer Tim Griffin. “We’re the only ones here that stock it.”

GF Piping Systems, a leader in the global plastic piping market, is a popular brand on large yachts built in Europe, but replacement and expansion parts have been hard to come by in the United States. They are now in inventory at EM, both metric and standard sizes.

“When we bought the company, I knew there were holes in the industry,” Tim Griffin said. “We bought this business to be a distributor of products the industry needs.”

The Griffins bought the company in 2016 when it had one distributorship. It now has nine. A former chief engineer on M/Y Gallant Lady and eventually marine operations manager of the JM Family fleet, Tim Griffin also runs Griffin’s Yacht Services, which conducts installations, repairs and diagnostics of primarily marine plumbing systems.

To support the new distributorship, EM has rented additional space two doors west from its existing location near State Road 84 and South Andrews Avenue. The new space increases its warehouse space by 50% and gives the company more room for inventory of the other brands they represent, including Dometic; Torrid and Kuuma water heaters; Murray clamps; SeaTech fittings; and now GF.

EM focuses on sanitation systems, including treatment systems as well as water makers. It also repairs pumps and has an exchange program for vacuum flush toilets. Tim Griffin also conducts the certification courses for Dometic installers.

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