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Ship Electronics

Electronic devices classed for use in the marine environment. All electronics used onboard must be designed to fit in the small confines of a bridge and can come in contact with salt water, so they are made to be very water resistant or waterproof. A wide variety of marine electronics are available in the marketplace. Some common devices found on modern ships are:

Autopilot and/or self-steering systems

These systems must coordinate data from many devices on the ship and interface with control and propulsion systems to keep the vessel on a predetermined course.

Chartplotter

A chartplotter is a device used in marine navigation to combine GPS data with an electronic navigational chart (ENC) to display the position, heading and speed of a vessel, and may display additional information from radar, automatic information systems (AIS) or other sensors. Electronic chartplotters must be used with one or more computers, and may also display data from other sensors, such as echolocators, radar and/or sonar, or automatic information systems.

Compass

Modern ship compasses use a series of fibre optic gyroscope sensors and computers to locate north. This system usually includes sensors, control and display equipment, and an interface linked with the ship's other navigational devices and global positioning system.

Sonar (or Fishfinder)

Acoustic devices using electronically emitted and detected pulses of sound to locate underwater objects. These include transmitters, receivers, and equipment used to analyze acoustic information.

GPS

Global Positioning Systems are space-based radio-navigation systems that broadcast highly accurate navigation pulses to users on or near the Earth.

Fuel monitoring and management

The rising prices of marine fuel and heightened emissions regulations have led to advances in the technology used to measure, monitor, and report fuel use. Electronic MFM devices can reduce fuel costs and increase operational efficiency.

Marine VHF radio

Marine VHF radio is used by all large ships and most seagoing small craft to summon rescue services and communicate with harbors, locks, bridges and marinas. A marine VHF set combines a transmitter and receiver and only operates on standard, international frequencies specified for marine use.

Radar

Radar is an object detection system that emits electromagnetic waves and analyzes their interaction with objects. Radar systems are able to identify the range, altitude, and velocity of moving and stationary objects such as aircraft, ships, ground vehicles, and meteorological formations.



Ship Equip: 1000 VSAT Systems in Operation

Ship Equip, a maritime VSAT communications provider, announced an important landmark of 1,000 operational VSAT systems.  This achievement also coincides with the start of the first XpressLink deliveries. XpressLink is a managed service with VSAT and FleetBroadband communication in one integrated package, acting as a bridge to the Global Xpress satellite communication services planned for launch by Ship Equip’s owner Inmarsat in 2013


This Day in Navy History - July 28

1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order.

1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers.

1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL.


Martek Lands BNWAS deal for V.Ships’ Fleet

Martek Marine has secured a contract to supply its Navgard Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) to Seacom Electronics, the UK subsidiary of global ship management services giant V.Ships.

Southampton-headquartered Seacom has placed an initial order for a Navgard BNWAS compliance package comprising a Navgard panel with two weatherproof external resets, an internal reset, three cabin alarms and four high intensity audio visual alarms


Ship Equip: 1000 VSAT Systems in Operation

Ship Equip, a maritime VSAT communications provider, announced an important landmark of 1,000 operational VSAT systems.  This achievement also coincides with the start of the first XpressLink deliveries. XpressLink is a managed service with VSAT and FleetBroadband communication in one integrated package, acting as a bridge to the Global Xpress satellite communication services planned for launch by Ship Equip’s owner Inmarsat in 2013


CLEAR-COM Names Ships Electronic Services as UK Distributor

CLEAR-COM NAMES SHIPS ELECTRONIC SERVICES LTD AS OFFSHORE MARITIME DISTRIBUTOR IN THE UK.

Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has appointed Ships Electronic Services Ltd (SES) as its sole UK distributor in the offshore maritime market. The leading communication and navigation electronics distributor for the marine industry will offer Clear-Com’s wireless and wired professional intercom products to the commercial shipping sector


New EPA Tier 3 Compliant Engines to be Installed on Signet Maritime’s ASD Tugs for LNG

New EPA Tier 3 Compliant Engines to be Installed on Signet Maritime’s ASD Tugs for LNG

Pascagoula, MS—21 MAR 2011—Signet Maritime Corporation announced they are the first to install the Cat® C175 ACERT 16-cylinder main propulsion diesel engines rated at 3417 BHP each on their two support/escort tugs being built in Gulfport, MS. These engines represent the next generation in technology for addressing the needs of emissions and hazardous location applications and meet offshore emissions requirements, including EPA Tier 3, EU Stage IIIA, and IMO Marine Tier II. The Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3100 class tugs are engineered to provide superior ship handling, escort, and sea-keeping performance


New EPA Tier 3 Compliant Engines to be Installed on Signet Maritime’s ASD Tugs for LNG

New EPA Tier 3 Compliant Engines to be Installed on Signet Maritime’s ASD Tugs for LNG

Pascagoula, MS—21 MAR 2011—Signet Maritime Corporation announced they are the first to install the Cat® C175 ACERT 16-cylinder main propulsion diesel engines rated at 3417 BHP each on their two support/escort tugs being built in Gulfport, MS. These engines represent the next generation in technology for addressing the needs of emissions and hazardous location applications and meet offshore emissions requirements, including EPA Tier 3, EU Stage IIIA, and IMO Marine Tier II. The Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3100 class tugs are engineered to provide superior ship handling, escort, and sea-keeping performance


vSHIP - New Ship Simulator For The Offshore Industry

vSHIP - New Ship Simulator For The Offshore Industry

Morehead City, North Carolina, March 28, 2011 - Marine Simulation is pleased to announce the release of their latest product.  vSHIP is specifically designed to train and prepare ship-board personnel for the ever growing roles and responsibilities they face in support of the offshore industry.  Flexible scalability, unmatched visual realism, and compliance to a wide range of industry standard interfaces are all integral to the simulator's design.

Available as a desktop PC based simulator, vSHIP can  interface with marine electronics and navigation software via industry standard interfaces, as well as with other vSHIP and ROVsim Pro installations, providing a real world


Cruise Ship Companies Choose SAM Electronics

Cruise Ship Companies Choose SAM Electronics

Worldwide sales of SAM Electronics and L-3 Valmarine’s latest NACOS Platinum series of integrated navigation and automation systems now exceed 130 following commissioning of configurations for Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 130,000-gt liner, Carnival Breeze, under construction by Fincantieri, and two 143,500-gt cruiseships being built at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg yard for NCL.  Due for delivery in 2013 and 2014, the NCL vessels will be the largest to be built in Germany.

The third in Carnival’s Dream class and due for delivery next spring, the 306-meter Carnival Breeze is likewise the largest ship to be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard


Noah Ship Management Controls its Growth

Noah Ship Management Controls its Growth

So where do you turn when you would like to start your own ship management company, but you need a million dollars and the worst financial crisis of a lifetime has rendered traditional sources moot? In the case of Dubai, UAE-based Noah Ship Management’s Svein Elof Pedersen and Thomas Chacko Arakal, the core tenants of the real estate business – Location, Location, Location – applied to their vision of creating a small, efficient ship management company. “The banks would not even let us in” the front door, said Pedersen


 
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