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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


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.


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


Two Simrad Radar Displays Launched

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  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


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.


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


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 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


Raytheon Anschütz Unveils New Navigation Radar

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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


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


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


Japan, Philippines Negotiate Coast Guard Ships Delivery

Japan and the Philippines have begun talks for the transfer of two large coast guard ships to Manila, to help patrol the disputed South China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Friday, as part of a deal on defence equipment.


Singapore Navy Chooses SharpEye Navigation Radar

SharpEye (Image: Kelvin Hughes)

Kelvin Hughes will supply its SharpEye navigation radar for the Republic of Singapore Navy's Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) program, which includes eight new vessels to replace the current fleet of Fearless-class patrol vessels. The lead ship of the fleet, Independence


This Day In Naval History: August 4

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives)

1790 - The Revenue Cutter Service is established by Congress, authorizing the construction of 10 vessels to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. The service receives its present name, U.S. Coast Guard, in 1915 under an act of Congress that merges the Revenue Cutter Service


US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9


Raytheon Anschütz Reports 100 NSX Radar Installs

Installation of the NautoScan NX Radar Transceiver on the container feeder Vera Rambow (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz reports that its NautoScan NX (NSX) network radar transceivers have exceeded 100 installations.    With the launch of Raytheon Anschütz’s new NSX radar transceivers


High Speed Solid State S-band Delivered for US Ferry

Photo: JRC

A Solid State S-band radar with 8-ft antenna and high speed rotation – reportedly the world’s first and smallest – has been installed by JRC for the high speed car/passenger ferry Lake Express. The 192-ft USCG-inspected Subchapter catamaran travels at a service speed of 34-knots


Deckhouse Lifted onto Tripoli (LHA 7)

Ingalls Shipbuilding lands the 700-ton deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) on July 9. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has installed the deckhouse on the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7), a major event in the ship’s construction schedule which begins the integration of the three largest sections of the ship


Navico Under New Ownership

Leif Ottosson (Photo: Navico)

Navico Holding AS (Navico) is to be Acquired by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Altor Fund IV   Navico – a provider of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands – announced that Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division


JRC and Alphatron Marine to Exhibit at SMM

Premium Bridge (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

JRC and Alphatron Marine announced they will exhibit at SMM in Hamburg, Germany. On display will be second generation bridges featuring a new level of operational ergonomics and user-friendliness, suited for the working environment for all mariners and applicable for all type of vessels.  


JRC Earns Highest DNV-GL INS Type Approval

(Image: JRC)

Japan Radio Company (JRC) has received DNV-GL Integrated Navigation System (INS) type approval for the Multi Function Display (MFD) which also includes the network based ICS suffix.   JRC’s flexible system meets and exceeds the new IMO performance standard resolution MSC


Silver Ships Delivers Fire/Rescue Boat

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships, Inc. has recently delivered a 34-foot custom designed and purpose-built all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Islip Fire District on Long Island, N.Y.   The Islip Fire District’s area of responsibility includes The Great South Bay, communities on Fire Island


Simrad Tech for Sydney Fast Ferries

Ocean Wave courtesy Simrad

Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will use Simrad technology for safe navigation. The owner has specified a range of Simrad bridge equipment for its latest vessels, including an NSO Evo2 quad-core marine processor


BSM Adds Simulators at Cyprus Training Center

Valentin Rakutins, Director of BSM MTC Cyprus presenting the new bridge simulator (Photo: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement)

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has invested in a Full Mission Bridge and an Engine Room simulator for its training center in Limassol, Cyprus, allowing BSM to offer training for the career development of its own officers, as well as external training for participants in the region






 
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