FRC International Launch Dynamic Navigation for High Speed Craft

by John Haynes
Monday, September 30, 2013
Photo: FRC International

FRC International is launching the innovative DYNAV (DYnamic NAVigation) system for high speed craft at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 29-30.

All individuals and organizations operating planing craft from SAR, navy, special forces, coast guard, law enforcement, renewables and the commercial sector are invited to attend the DYNAV launch event. This will be an excellent opportunity for international RIB & HSC professionals, boat builders, equipment manufacturers and industry to come together with the objective of improving sefarer safety on fast craft.

Operating fast craft close to coastlines places a high workload on the helmsman and navigator. They have to work as a team to avoid shallow areas, natural features, energy platforms and other vessel traffic. These tasks are made more difficult by poor weather and adverse sea conditions.

FRC International Operations Director, John Haynes said, ‘The DYNAV system has been developed to deal with the high operational pace and dynamic nature of transiting fast craft close to shore. Electronic navigation systems are generally not designed to deal with high octane navigation. Fast powerboats need intuitive information displays that show where they are, where they will be and the location of risks or threats. This is closer to aviation than to sailing boat navigation.’

The three main components of the DYNAV system are designed to reduce risk for fast response craft undertaking dynamic, high-speed operations. Firstly, the methodology to conduct changes in direction and course. Secondly, the information required by the navigator to plan and direct the course changes. Thirdly, communicate the standard information to the helmsman to perform the course change effectively and safely.

DYNAV MANAGER, presented by Captain Fredrik Forsman and Dr Trevor Dobbins, gives officers and decision makers a concise overview of this next generation, resilient navigation system. The one day course enables attendees to fully understand the robust and resilient methodology and the concepts behind its development. These standardized navigation procedures can enhance safety, operational effectiveness and support interoperability between maritime units.

The system starts with DYNAV PRE learning that can be delivered as eLearning or in the maritime classroom. DYNAV C2 is on-water training that focuses on Command & Control teamwork skills where the navigator uses the standard command protocol to communicate with the helmsman. DYNAV SIM allows operators to push themselves beyond their limits using simulation, similar to flight training. DYNAV ADV increases the tempo and introduces specialist applications such as LCAC and riverine operations. DYNAV MIL deals with poorly charted coastlines, complicated environments and the need to interact with other craft C4i systems as well as operate with other craft, aircraft and land-based assets.

DYNAV MANAGER is part of a two day program including Whole Body Vibration (WBV) courses at the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) headquarters in Gothenburg. These are The Nautical Institute recognized courses. WBV MANAGER brings together international best practice and industry standards. The introduction to DYNAV includes a demonstration using the Chalmers University Maritime Department high speed craft (HSC) simulator.

John Haynes, AFNI, is Operations Director of FRC International and a presenter of WBV courses. He is a Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes high speed craft consultancy, product development and specialist training.

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