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January 2016 Issue

First Full-Scale Trial
Of E-Nav in Norway

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has initiated the first full-scale trial of e-navigation in Norwegian waters in conjunction with NAVTOR, with a ferry digitally sharing its routing information with NCA via NAVTOR’s NavStation, the world’s first “digital chart table”.

Until now, ships had to contact the authority via maritime VHF radio to verbally communicate routing information before both departure and arrival. NCA could then update vessel navigators on traffic and advise of necessary changes in speed or routing.

In contrast, NavStation software gathers all the information navigators need into a single interface, allowing the authority and vessel to work together as one, seamlessly transferring information and enhancing maritime safety, efficiency and control.

Predator ROV to Get
Inuktun Manipulator

Seatronics will collaborate with Inuktun Services Ltd. to supply the Inuktun ROV Manipulator as a standardized option for the Seatronics Predator ROV Elite System.

The Elite System is a bomb squad-capable improvised explosive device (IED) ROV designed to operate within the military and defense industry. The Inuktun ROV Manipulator is a compact and powerful addition to the Predator Elite System, with flexible interchangeable jaw sets and pressure-compensated housing.

New Simulator Center
For Maritime Training

In line with the expansion of the Port of Burgas, the City of Burgas and its association of environmental organizations opened a new simulator center for maritime training in the region.

As the second-largest city and important port on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Burgas serves as an important industrial and economic hub.

VSTEP has delivered and installed a DNV-certified Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with 240° projection view at the facility, as well as an instructor station and debriefing area for after-action review.

The VSTEP full mission bridge simulator will provide training for ship handling, ECDIS and bridge team training in compliance with the latest IMO requirements and model courses.

The Naval Academy in Varna will provide professional maritime instructors to assist and evaluate students training on the simulator and will train the City of Burgas-employed instructors to operate the simulator autonomously.

European Ferry
Powered by LNG

Rolls-Royce and local German public utility Stadtwerke Konstanz have teamed up to develop an LNG propulsion system based on MTU engines for a new Lake Constance ferry to start running on gas between the towns of Constance and Meersburg in 2019.

The new ferry will be one of the first in Europe to be powered by a high-speed, pure-gas engine. It will feature low-pollutant emissions and improved cost effectiveness.

The new eight-cylinder gas engine with a rated output of 750 kW to be developed by MTU will be based on proven MTU Series 4000 diesel engines for workboats. The clean combustion concept will make it possible to meet the IMO Tier III emission standards without the need for additional exhaust aftertreatment. The new 8V 4000 gas engine will incorporate gas injection for individual cylinders, a dynamic engine control system and a safety concept optimized for natural gas operation.

In England

Sonardyne International Ltd. has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar, NOAS, during three days of waterborne demonstrations in Plymouth, England.

Above the water, innovations such as ECDIS, which integrates GPS, AIS and radar, have delivered valuable improvements in situational awareness for captains and their crews. However, when navigating poorly charted or unfamiliar areas, commercial ships, expedition cruise ships and naval vessels remain vulnerable to groundings and collisions with submerged objects. Underwater forward-looking sonar technology provides a solution.

NOAS works by scanning a wide area in front of a vessel with multiple sonar pings to create a highly detailed, 3D model of the seafloor and water column along a vessel’s course. The intuitive display informs the crew of water depth, underwater features and potential hazards to a range up to 600 m over a 90° field of view. NOAS also has a sonar mode for navigation and underwater intruder detection capability out to a range of 1,500 m over a 180° field of view.

Offshore Training Center
For US Military Veterans

Kongsberg Maritime has completed the installation of a range of ship’s bridge simulators at the newly established PEM Offshore Simulation and Innovation Center Inc., USA (POSAIC USA).

Located in Houston, Texas, POSAIC USA is a state-of-the-art facility uniquely focused on retraining and educating United States Military veterans for careers in the offshore sector.

PEM and Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Inc. entered into a contract for the supply and installation of Class B and Class C bridge simulation trainers in spring 2015. POSAIC USA’s new simulators offer advanced technology training for certification in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard, DNV and IMCA standards.

In the long run, POSAIC USA will offer both ROV and engine room simulation in addition to ship’s bridge simulation.

GMDSS Package for
Herring Seiner

Cobham SATCOM partner CMC Electronics Inc. has completed the installation of a comprehensive SAILOR 6000 GMDSS package on a new 100-ft. herring seiner built at the Chantier Naval Forillon yard in Gaspé, Quebec, Canada.

The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS Series is a flexible networked GMDSS solution for vessels in all sea areas. It features all mandated VHF, MF/HF, mini-C and accessories with a touch-screen interface. The system provides triple GMDSS, SSAS and LRIT functionality via the SAILOR 6110 mini-C.


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