JRC Releases VDR

Tuesday, May 28, 2002
JRC ‘s new Voyage Data Recorder, serving the same function as the “Black Box” in airplanes world wide, will offer possible solutions to catastrophes that occur on the water. Designed for all vessels required to comply with the new IMO International Requirements (IMO Res.A.861(20), IEC61996, IEC61162-1 (NMEA0183 Ver 2.30), IEC60945, IEEE802.3, etc.), this new product will supply vital information to authorities and ship owner’s in the event of a disaster at sea. Composed of two units; the Protective Capsule and the Recording Control Unit, the JCY-1000 VDR offers easy installation at an economic price point. The data acquisition unit is housed in the Recording Control Unit, providing data transfer to the capsule via an Ethernet cable. Multiple interfaces are available for data output ( Radar RGB port, Mic-audio ports, VHF audio port, NMEA0183 16 ports, NSK port (option), 16 analog ports (option), 64 closing-contact ports (option). ) to the Protective capsule and a removable backup memory disk allows duplication of the data. Data recorded is stored in minimum12 hour segments, recording the following ship’s information: Data & time, position, Speed, Heading, Bridge communication, Radar data, VHF communication, Under keel clearance, Bridge Main Alarms, Rudder order/response, Engine order/response, Watertight/fire door status, Hull openings status, Accelerations and hull stresses, Wind speed/direction, etc. depending on the interfacing options connected to the data acquisition unit. In the event of the ship capsize and sinking, the data hold period is over 2 years when un-powered. Environmental conditions it can withstand are as follows: Fire; 1000 deg. C for 1 hour, 260 deg. C for 10 hours, Deep-sea pressure; 60Mpa (equivalent 6000m) for 24 hours. The JRC’s JCY-1000 VDR first installation was on the cruise ship Pacific Venus and is available for vessels seeking to adhere with IMO deadlines for compliance.

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