AETI Announces New M&I Vessel Management System Designed to Enhance Marine Control and Management Operations

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Electric Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AETI), a leading global provider of power delivery solutions for the energy industry, announced today at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans the introduction of its new M&I Vessel Management System. Available now, the software and hardware system is designed to enable the offshore supply vessel, platform supply vessel and other marine markets to efficiently control and manage their operations based on proven technology acquired through AETI's recent acquisition of Amnor Technologies Inc.

In addition to incorporating vessel power and propulsion/thruster management, the M&I Vessel Management System also provides a wide range of monitoring and control functions including: machinery alarm management, cargo management, tank level monitoring, valve control, and ship system management capabilities.

The M&I Vessel Management System is an open architecture design and the network topology is based on industry standard Ethernet. Vessel owners/operators will realize reduced operational costs by utilizing the integrated power demand monitoring functionality.

"AETI's M&I Electric and South Coast Electric operating groups have built a cost-effective and technologically advanced power distribution system for global vessel operators," said Dale Reeder, vice president of marine marketing. "The combination of our generator control switchgear and propulsion drives, when integrated with our new Vessel Management System, will now enable us to provide enhanced electrical Single Source Vendor (SSV) capabilities to our customers."

For more information, stop by M&I Electric's booth (#2955) at the International Workboat Show or visit

American Electric Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:AETI) is a leading global provider of power delivery solutions to the energy industry. AETI offers M&I Electric™ power distribution and control products, electrical services, and E&I Construction services, as well as American Access Technologies zone enclosures, and Omega Metals custom fabrication services. South Coast Electric Systems L.L.C., a subsidiary, services Gulf Coast marine and vessel customers.

AETI is headquartered in Houston and has global sales, support and manufacturing operations in Beaumont, Texas, Keystone Heights, Florida and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In addition, AETI has minority interests in three joint ventures in Xian, China, Singapore and Macae, Brazil. AETI's SEC filings, news and product/service information are available at

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CONTACT: Media Contacts: Ward Creative Communications for American Electric Technologies, Inc. Molly LeCronier 713-869-0707 Investor Contacts: American Electric Technologies, Inc. 713-644-8182 investorrelations@aeti.comSource:American Electric Technologies, Inc.