Scandinavian companies unveiled new bridge and IT products at Nor-Shipping in Norway in May. Wärtsilä company Eniram introduced an update to its performance monitoring system targeted at commercial shipping operators. The Eniram SkyLight 2.0 adds nautical maps, weather layers, and route information to make predictive analysis and proactive planning more available. The updated system can visualise a vessel’s route from economic, environmental, and safety perspectives.
Together with the weather and route information, SkyLight 2.0 includes the option of switching between updated nautical maps and Google maps as a background within SkyLight’s fleet software interface. These combined features enable the analysis and prediction of ship operations. These are based on the same portable transponder and data service used with the existing SkyLight system.
SKF has extended its BlueMon environmental monitoring and mapping system to cover upcoming changes in maritime emissions rules. It should help ship operators save time and avoid penalties for being non-compliant with the latest Marpol Annex VI (prevention of air pollution from ships) requirements. SKF thinks more shipowners will need BlueMon’s automated approach to compliance because of changes in emissions regulations.
The existing product is already focused on Marpol Annex I (prevention of pollution by oil) and the collection and analysis of data from a variety of sensors. The mapping application visually relates these measurements to a ship’s geographical position and in reference to relevant emission control areas. SKF BlueMon alerts the crew when the ship is entering an area with changing emissions limits, provides evidence of compliance, and can even control emissions automatically by adjusting valves.
On the bridge
Navico unveiled its IMO type-approved Simrad SAL R1A speed log and Simrad A2004, a dedicated autopilot controller for workboats, passenger vessels and fishing vessels.
The Simrad SAL R1A has through-hull acoustics for measuring longitudinal speed through water. It measures water speed slightly further away from the hull than electromagnetic systems and does not require the angular corrections of Doppler technology, said Navico chief executive Leif Ottosson.
There is no need for a watertight compartment or pipework above the waterline and the speed log’s electronics are enclosed in a splash-proof steel box. It connects to a remote bridge display through a watertight cable. The electronics unit also has pulse and voltage outputs for connection to alternative display devices. The speed log can be calibrated from the bridge display following installation on a newbuild project or a vessel retrofit.
The Simrad A2004 autopilot controller includes Continuum software and a wide-angle display. It is responsive, with a precision rotary control dial and dedicated buttons for instant access to steering modes. It has a custom-configurable work mode, and automated turn patterns. The Simrad A2004 has instant access to steering modes and a colour liquid crystal display with a 170 degrees viewing angle.
Hatteland Display unveiled is Series X 55in ultra-high definition chart and planning table. The display can be used for main bridge system panels where one watchkeeper can view all key navigation and engine control information on a large screen, said Hatteland president and chief executive Trond Johannessen. “A future bridge would have an operator sitting in front of a 55in display for ECDIS, radar and voyage planning,” he said.
Furuno Electric is using Hatteland’s 55in displays for its future bridge designs. The Series X 55in has an HT C02 computer and 4K resolution with 4,000 pixels and multi touchscreen capabilities and the display can be split into four segments. “It comes with four modes – console, planning table, wall-mounted and floor standing options,” said Mr Johannessen. In the planning table mode, it can be lowered and tilted to user requirements.
Sperry Marine presented its new Navigat 2200 fibre optic gyrocompass that is maintenance free and can be installed on Sperry’s CompassNet ring bus. It is solid state, fully-electronic and has roll, pitch and three-vector outputs. It can operate as a heading and attitude reference sensor and is type approved for high speed craft and integrated navigation systems.
Flir Systems demonstrated its M100 and M200 thermal camera and Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays. The full resolution 320x240 thermal vision cameras are engineered with Flir’s Boson high performance thermal camera core, which features an integrated multi-core video processor that delivers superior image quality and advanced video analytic capabilities.