Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Equipment on Stena Line Ferries

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line.

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products  from the VisionMaster FT  series, used to form the core of a ship's integrated bridge.

The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were upgraded with VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder, and an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) that provides full control on both bridge wings. Meanwhile, the Stena Europe and Stena Adventurer were outfitted with the VisionMaster FT  ECDIS, which meets the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations for paperless navigation while providing a separate, redundant backup station in case the primary ECDIS navigation station is damaged or disrupted.

"Our highly reliable, flexible navigation solution provides leading edge situational awareness capabilities and  improvements in radar performance to enhance the ships' safety at sea," said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. "Additionally, it ensures compliance with new carriage requirements for greater navigational safety standards as set out by the IMO."

In addition to equipment, Northrop Grumman provided installation and training on the VisionMaster FT  products. The company's customized, modular solution enables a high level of integration with the ships' current systems.

Stena Line operates ferries on 22 routes in Scandinavia, around the U.K. and to the Baltic countries. The company has a modern fleet of 38 vessels, including fast ferries, traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Sperry Marine is a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Navigation and Maritime Systems Division. Headquartered in New Malden, U.K., with major engineering and support offices both in New Malden and in Hamburg, Germany, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support in numerous locations worldwide.

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