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Automated Skill Erosion

The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 2015 reinstituted a course of instruction in celestial navigation after abandoning it a number of years ago. Senior Chief Quarter Master Jonathan Myers teaches Command Master Chief April Beldo how to use a marine sextant during a demonstration of celestial navigation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Travis K. Mendoza)

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995, the last night before the cruise ship Royal Majesty was due to arrive in Boston from its voyage to Bermuda, the master bragged to the passengers at his table that his ship could never run aground because it had all the latest electronic equipment, including a navigation system that integrated the GPS signals and other information. At 2225 that night the ship grounded on the Rose and Crown Shoal near Nantucket. It was 17 miles west of its planned trackline. There were no deaths or injuries as a result of this grounding on a charted and marked shoal, but the ship incurred about $7 million in damages. The cause of the casualty was overreliance by the deck watch officers on the automated features of the ship’s integrated navigation system, located on the bridge. The GPS receiver with its warning light to show when signal reception was interrupted, was located in the chart room, which was seldom visited when the ship was at sea. The wire connecting the antenna to the GPS receiver had come loose, ending reception of the signal. The warning light continuously flashed, showing that system had defaulted to its dead-reckoning mode (which did not account for current and winds)

Kongsberg Unveils New Radar Solution at Nor-Shipping

K-Bridge Integrated Bridge System (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Maritime presented a new solution for the distribution of Radar data on board ships during Nor-Shipping 2013. Utilization of an Ethernet based LAN (Local Area Network) is a significant addition to Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Bridge Integrated Bridge System and is capable of improving safety and navigation through enhanced Radar functionality whilst offering significant installation benefits. The system is currently undergoing Type Approval testing at DNV

Indo-China Ship Management Purchases Kelvin Hughes Radars

The Indo-China Ship Management Company Ltd. has purchased Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 radars for the retrofit of two ships. The Indo-China Ship Management Company is overseeing the retrofit of a product tanker in Dalian, China with a Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 6000 radar. The company has also retrofitted a cargo vessel in Cammell Laird Shipyard in Gibraltar with Kelvin Hughes Nucleus3 5000 radar. Both ships were retrofitted with the Kelvin Hughes radars in dry dock.

MARIS on the Move

VANOS  S.A in Greece has teamed up with Maritime Information System AS (MARIS) of Norway to extend its product range to include Wheelmark (EU) certified Electronic Chart  Display and MARIS on the Information Systems (ECDIS) PC Radar Kits. The agreement covers radar overlay to ECDIS and radar/ARPA and MARIS VDR and S-VDR. VANOS S.A is a Ship Supplies company, established in 1929 and an Admiralty Chart Agent, representing a portfolio of brands popular across the globe and a vast range

Cambridge Pixel Enhances RadarView

RadarView Enhancements

RadarView allows electronic navigation charts (ENC), tiled maps, world vector shoreline, and raster images, to be displayed with the primary radar video. Cambridge Pixel , a developer of sensor processing and display solutions, has enhanced its RadarView Windows-based radar visualisation software tool to allow complex map and charts, for example, electronic navigation charts (ENC), tiled maps, world vector shoreline, and raster images, to be displayed with the primary radar video.

Two Simrad Radar Displays Launched

Simrad Pro R20 09 FRONT TILT

  The new Simrad R2009 and R3016 Radar control units, two dedicated radar displays have been launched today for use with Simrad’s award winning radar antenna solutions. The Simrad R2009 Radar control features a 9” portrait display.  The Simrad R3016 boasts a 16” wide-screen display.  Both systems utilise an intuitive control interface with the latest generation of digital tuning to allow for optimal situational awareness in the most adverse conditions

Transas Expands Capabilities

Relying on experience from more than 4,000 Navi-Sailor installations around the world, Transas Marine has added a number of features to further enhance the functionality of its Navi-Sailor marine navigation systems. Transas' ongoing R&D efforts are primarily focused on expanded integration with other systems, in providing a wider range of data which can be displayed on the electronic chart screen; and development and improvement of chart plotting features and presentation

U.S. Navy Buys Northrop Grumman Radar Systems

USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). U.S. Navy photo.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for amphibious and Arleigh Burke class ships. Under the $20.4 million contract award, Northrop Grumman will supply three AN/SPQ-9B radar systems for delivery in the second quarter of 2015. This contract adds to the 53 radar systems the company has already delivered, or is under contract to deliver. Northrop Grumman began low-rate initial production of the AN/SPQ-9B in 2000 and

Transas Equips Arabian Gulf Academy in Basra

Photo: Transas

Arabian Gulf Academy For Maritime Studies, situated in Basra - the biggest Iraqi port and one of the biggest cities of the country - will soon be able to offer its students a hands-on training using three simulators from Transas: Engine Room simulator ERS 5000, GMDSS simulator and Radar/ARPA simulator. The simulators will provide trainees with a wide range of navigational and engineering skills. Engineers will acquire knowledge of operating an engine room, using ERS 5000

Raytheon Anschütz Unveils New Navigation Radar


On opening day of SMM, the German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz officially launched the newly developed NautoScan NX network radar transceivers, the centerpiece of its next generation Synapsis Radar system. The new NautoScan NX transceivers generate raw radar video, which is distributed via Gigabit LAN. Raw video distribution without any analogue losses enables optimized performance with high-fidelity radar data processing through the individual end-user applications

Test Bed for Autonomous Shipping Opens in Norway

Trondheimsfjord  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

An extensive area of the Trondheimsfjord in Northern Norway was designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA), during a special event in Trondheim, Norway on Friday, September 30th 2016.

US Navy Ship Again Targeted by Missiles from Yemen

USS Mason file photo (U.S. Navy photo by Blake Midnight)

A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters.   The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious

U.S. strikes Yemen after Missile Attacks on U.S. Navy Ship

U.S. strikes target three coastal radar sites; Radar enabled launch of missiles against U.S. destroyer. The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.  

Kelvin Hughes bags Marseille VTS Radar Contract

Kelvin Hughes SBS Radar Marseille Fos (Photo: Kelvin Hughes)

Kelvin Hughes has been awarded the contract for the second phase of a radar system installation by the Port of Marseille Fos in Southern France.   The Enfield-based company supplied five SBS-700 radar systems earlier this year that were integrated with the port's Vessel Traffic Management

Malaysian Oil Tanker Taken over Commercial Dispute

An oil tanker, which was earlier reported to have been hijacked and sailed into Indonesian waters, was believed to have been taken due to a commercial dispute, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday.   Vier Harmoni, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel

ASV Global, TerraSond Complete First Unmanned Hydrographic Survey

C-Worker 5

ASV Global and TerraSond have completed a 5172 nautical mile hydrographic survey in the Bering Sea, off Alaska. TerraSond used the C-Worker 5 Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) alongside its Q105 survey ship for a duration of 36 days. The C-Worker 5 completed 2275 nautical miles of survey lines

New Commercial Shipping Radar from Kelvin Hughes

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes has announced the launch of a new range of radar systems for commercial shipping based on its innovative, solid-state SharpEye technology.   Kelvin Hughes has been supplying IMO type-approved radar to merchant ships, fishing boats and workboats since the 1940s

Nav Systems Advance to the Next Level

Navigation Systems Advance to the Next Level

Smart sensor technology and the next level in integrated navigation system – this is what the German navigation system company Raytheon Anschütz showcases during SMM 2016 in Hall B6 at booth 304. “With Synapsis NX the Integrated Navigation System is advancing to the next level

‘A Step Forward in Submarine Radar Technology’

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a U.K. baesd designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced that it can now bring all the benefits of its SharpEye radar technology to submarines.   Traditionally, submarines only use radar for navigation in and out of port because a high

Indonesian Navy Frigate Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The first of two SIGMA 10514 PKR naval frigates for the Indonesian Navy has successfully completed its sea trials as of September 7, marking a milestone on a project for which the first steel was cut in January 2014.   The assessment phase began with seven days of basin trials to ensure

Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

The Port of Prince Rupert has commissioned a new shore-based radar regime designed to safely accommodate the port’s growth in vessel traffic and international trade.    Shore-based radar builds on the existing vessel traffic service that provides active vessel monitoring and

New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21).  

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum for Four Cruise ships

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control systems. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a broad range of integrated automation, navigation and dynamic positioning equipment, as well as the complete uninterruptable power systems (UPS) for four new cruise ships. Two of the vessels are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in

HMS Westminster Undergoes Extensive Refit

Photo: BAE Systems

A multimillion pound refit has been carried out on Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate, HMS Westminster, to return her to the forefront of naval capability.   Her extensive maintenance period, as part of the £600 million Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF)

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