Kongsberg Launches DPS for Workboat Market

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Last month Kongsberg Marine launched the Compact DP Series from Kongsberg Maritime. A solution for the smaller vessel and operator, it offers a complete DP class 1 solution for dynamically positioned vessels and is designed to meet the requirements of Offshore Service Vessels and workboats.

The system consists of two main components, the cPos and cJoy, both of which use Kongsberg RCU technology, within the (cPos or cJoy) Compact Controller. This forms the heart of the system and is scalable to fit any DP class 1 system.

The controller's main function is to implement DP and joystick control algorithms, take actions as to operator commands and the information collected and processing from the various sensors in the DP system.

These actions are converted by the Compact Controller to the signals that operate a vessel's propulsion and thruster systems. The cPos is designed to provide full Auto Position functionality with options for Auto Pilot control, Line Tracking mode and Follow Target. The system is designed to interface with DGPS, Fanbeam, gyros, MRU, anemometer and thrusters as standard though several interfaces are available as options including HiPAP hydroacoustics and diesel-electric power plants.

The cJoy system adds wind-compensated joystick control with automatic heading control and optional simple station keeping to the Compact DP Series.

The cPos and cJoy are controlled via the cPos OS-520 Operator Station or cJoy OT-520 Operator Terminal, respectively. These user friendly tools provide the facilities for vessel control via joystick, DP and autopilot. The cPos OS-520 is ergonomically designed for simple control adjustments and commands, and features a 17-in. color TFT display, three-axis joystick and quick access buttons for intuitive operation.

The cJoy OT-520 is equal to the cPos OS-520 but is delivered without an external TFT display. The cJoy Bridge Wing Terminal can be interfaced to any of the two operator units and mounted outdoors for a cost-effective tool for joystick maneuvering at bridge wings.

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