About us

Learn more about CLS Group

CLS UK, formally known as Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd, was established by former Director Paul Devlin and Director Tracy Nichols in 1997. Since then Fulcrum has been providing high quality systems and support to companies around the world.

Since 2008 Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd has gained approval as an LRIT Testing ASP provider for over 65 flag states. Additionally Fulcrum is the Data Centre Operator for 12 Flag States worldwide, to whom we provide a range of services related to LRIT.

In 2017 Fulcrum joined forces with CLS to create a specialised LRIT unit  which combines expertise and products and services available to our clients.

Our objective is to provide high quality systems to Ship Registries and Ship Owners to assist with Vessel Tracking and Vessel Management in order to adhere to IMO Regulatory requirements. Since 2010 we have been ISO 9001:2015 Certified, which has provided us with a strong foundation to fulfil our objective of continually providing high quality systems. Please take a look at our Quality Management Policy for further information.

In April 2018, sadly Paul Devlin, co founder of Fulcrum, passed away. The team have continued their hard work and dedication to Fulcrum in his honour.

Fulcrum Maritime Systems tracks over 5,000 vessels around the world. We work closely with Maritime Administrations, Security Forces and the IMO to ensure that our systems meet the requirements of today’s ship owners and mariners.

Products and Services : 

Maritime security lrit traffic

“We can assist with IMO Regulatory requirements for Seafarer Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), Vessel Registration, LRIT and vessel tracking. We design solutions to help our customers to operate in the most efficient and economical way, helping them in turn to achieve their own goals for excellence and quality…. We are proud of our commitment to excellence and will keep striving to deliver better and better in each and every aspect of our services.”

Fulcrum has a number of ‘‘off the shelf’‘ products that are available or we can design and build a system from scratch to meet the regulatory or business requirements of our customers. Our team of highly experienced staff are always on hand to provide advice and guidance.

Based in Hornchurch, United Kingdom, within easy commuting distance of Central London and the I.M.O (Albert Embankment, London). Our offices are fully secure and include separate offices, conference facilities and server suite.

Tracy Nichols, Director.


Countries rely on CLS maritime surveillance solutions


Instruments flown on 60 satellites


Positions are processed per day


Maritime mobiles tracked worldwide

Our Expertise

FMS has worked closely with maritime authorities around the world (Navies, Coast Guard, …) international agencies, shippingoffshore energy and space agencies in different countries.

Industry knowledge to bring efficient and effective services to governments and shipping industry

FMS has developed a wide range of satellite applications : track ships, detect illegal fishing, monitor strategic sea areas, coordinate operations at sea, Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), fleet management and piracy prevention.