VDRs for Inland Vessels? Does It Make Sense?
It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…
Ship IoT Tech Enables Navigation Safety
The airline industry has long employed flight data to monitor navigational and operational practices for evaluation and feedback to pilots using a system called Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA). Now a similar concept is coming into the shipping industry. Danelec Marine, a well-known manufacturer of VDRs and ECDIS products, this month unveiled a new Bridge Operational Quality Assurance (BOQA) system. To learn more, we talked with Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec, a Danish…
Retrofit VDRs for Diamond S Tanker Fleet
Danelec Marine and global distributor Mackay Marine are nearing completion of a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) retrofit program for Diamond S Shipping’s fleet of 30 medium-range product tankers. Mackay is installing Danelec’s new-generation DM100 VDRs on the ships as replacements for the existing VDRs, which had been installed at construction. The original products were nearing the end of their service life and were becoming very expensive to maintain. The type-approved DM100 exceeds the regulatory requirements and incorporates new features not previously available in marine VDR systems…
Danelec Introduces New Remote Management Tools
Danelec Marine’s new intelligent remote management platform is bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the maritime industry by providing easy, low-cost access to data from ships at sea. The second-generation DanelecConnect telematics platform is now fully available and the first ship installations are currently underway. The company is working with third-party software application providers to use the DanelecConnect application programming interface (API) tool to capture data from shipboard systems and sensors into their specialized software packages.
Danelec ECDIS Products Receive Type Approval
DNV GL has awarded a type approval certificate with EU Wheelmark for Danelec Marine DM700 and DM800 G2 ECDIS models. The type approval signifies that the products meet all applicable technical requirements, including the new IEC 61174 Ed. 4, IHO-52 and IHO S-64 performance standards. “We are offering an easy pathway for shipowners to be in full compliance with the new ECDIS standards when they enter into force in August,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “All new Danelec Marine DM700 and DM800 G2 ECDIS models meet the new standard, and we are providing free upgrades for installed legacy DM800 ECDIS products. Ottosen noted that Danelec also provides free-of-charge update retraining for navigators already holding a type-specific certificate on previous versions of the Danelec ECDIS…
Danelec Unveils New ECDIS at SMM
Danelec Marine is rolling out its new DM700 series Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for marine navigation at the SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, held from September 6-9. The DM700 ECDIS provides a basic ECDIS solution that fully complies with the new IEC and IHO performance standards which will be mandatory in all ECDIS ship installations beginning August 2017. Danelec Marine introduced its new-generation DM800 ECDIS in 2015. With the addition of the new DM700…
Danelec Marine's Conversion Kits for VDR Retrofits
Danelec Marine is now offering a comprehensive range of conversion kits to facilitate replacement of existing shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). The company has created packages to replace more than 30 different models of VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) across all major existing and legacy brands, making it easy and less costly for shipowners to upgrade to the new technology. “Many ships are still equipped with VDRs and S-VDRs that were installed more than 10 years ago to meet the initial IMO carriage requirements…
New Danelec ECDIS Includes UK AIO Service
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) is now available on Danelec Marine DM800 G2 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). AIO allows subscribers using the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) to view the latest temporary and preliminary notices to mariners as overlays on the ECDIS screen, as an aid to route planning and navigation. The AIO is displayed as a single layer on top of the basic Electronic Navigation Chart display. “AIO helps bridge crews identify areas of possible uncertainty and risk at the crucial planning stage,” said Thomas Mellor, UKHO head of OEM technical support and digital standards.
Consortium Targets Better Ship Efficiency and Navigation
A consortium of companies aims to develop an expert decision support system for improved ship efficiency and safer navigation via a two-year R&D project called iSea. Backed by funding from the Eurostars program, the iSea innitiative is led by Danelec Marine, with other participants including Vessel Performance Solutions ApS (Denmark), i-Marine Technologies and Research Inc. (Turkey) and Deniztekno Danismanlik Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Bilgisayar San. Tic. Std. Sti (Turkey). Set to commence the R&D program in January 2017, the iSea team will deliver a set of Expert Decision Support Systems (EDSS) for enhancing the performance and navigability of vessels.
Danelec Launches ECDIS Computer-based Training
Danelec Marine has launched a new computer-based training (CBT) program for its second-generation DM800 ECDIS G2 products. The convenient and user-friendly CBT courseware allows students to download the training curriculum to their own computers or laptops and perform the self-study portion offline, at home or at sea. At the end of each module, the student takes a self-administered test. The student can communicate with an ECDIS instructor at any stage of the self-study portion by email or interactive chat. Upon completion of the 32-module course, the student logs onto the internet for a multiple-choice exam, followed by a live-cam interview with a certified instructor. When the student achieves a passing grade, Danelec Marine issues a certificate of completion.
Danelec Wins VDR Orders in China and Taiwan
Capturing 32 orders for its new-generation DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), Danelec Marine’s recent orders were taken by its distributors in China and Taiwan and include 15 new pure car and truck carriers under construction at Yangfan shipyard and 17 retrofits for Yang Ming containerships. Yang Ming is upgrading its fleet to replace the existing VDRs with new technology and selected the DM100 VDRs due to their application-specific design and advanced features such as SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) for faster and easier servicing and repairs. The Yang Ming installations are being made by Danelec’s service partner Navcom Electronics International Co. Ltd.
VDRs Refit on UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ships
Danelec Marine informs it has supplied new-generation Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for three U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels. The three ships, RFA Lyme Bay, RFA Mounts Bay and RFA Cardigan Bay, have been fitted with Danelec DM100 VDRs, replacing the existing VDRs which are no longer supported by the manufacturer. The type-approved Danelec DM100s bring the ships into compliance with the new IMO performance standards, which came into force in 2014.
Danelec Marine Opens Distribution Hub in Denmark
Danelec Marine has opened a new European distribution center in Copenhagen. Managed by GEODIS, a global supply chain command company, the distribution center will carry a full range of Danelec Marine products and parts, including ECDIS, Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs). “The new distribution center will provide our European distribution and service partners with faster access to a full inventory of products,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. Danelec Marine said it has taken major steps over the past year to expand and strengthen its global service capability, adding new Certified Service Centers and distributors in key locations around the world.
Danelec Marine Making Free ECDIS Upgrades
Danelec Marine has launched a program to provide free upgrades of shipboard Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to the latest technology meeting new ECDIS standards. The Danish marine electronics company is currently replacing the first-generation Danelec DM800 ECDIS products with new DM800 ECDIS G2 hardware and V2 software. The Danelec DM800 ECDIS G2 platform has been designed to enable the ship’s crew to upgrade to the V3 software, which will be fully compliant with the new IEC61174 Ed. 4, IHO 52 and IHO 64 standards. Danelec Marine also offers a free-of-charge update training for navigators already holding a type-specific certificate on previous versions of DM800 ECDIS.
New Tool Enables Remote Retrieval of VDR Data
Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of VDR OnDemand, a PC software tool that facilitates remote selective data downloads from shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). VDR OnDemand is a portal and dashboard that allows shore offices to log on and request data from the VDR by remotely connecting via an IP link to the Danelec VDRConnect module on the ship. For the mandatory VDR annual performance tests (APTs), Danelec Marine service technicians, service companies or ship…
Danelec, Radio Holland Ink Deal for VDR Installations
Danelec Marine and Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, have teamed up to create worldwide standardized pricing for the installation of Danelec Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs). Under the agreement, Radio Holland’s global network of service stations will perform VDR installations under a fixed-price arrangement, including labor and expenses. The installation pricing covers Danelec VDRs and S-VDRs for retrofits and newbuilds. “This cooperation is a real…
Danelec Debuts New ECDIS Platform at Nor-Shipping
Danelec Marine announced the introduction of its new Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) platform for marine navigation, shown for the first time at the Nor-Shipping 2015 maritime trade fair in Oslo, Norway, this week. Danelec said its new ECDIS platform incorporates new Linux-based application software, an intuitive easy-to-learn user interface, industry-leading cartography solutions, ruggedized low-power LED display monitors and Danelec’s exclusive SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology for shipboard service. The new system is designed around a custom-built computer running on Linux, which is more stable, robust and secure than Windows-based PCs. The computer has been designed, tested and built for the marine environment.
More Type Approvals for Danelec VDRs, S-VDRs
Danelec Marine has received type approvals from the U.S. Coast Guard and China Classification Society (CCS) for its DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs). The U.S. Coast Guard approval applies to the Danelec DM100 Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs) and clears the way for older U.S. flag ships to upgrade their S-VDRs to the new-generation state-of-the-art Danelec Marine products. The Danelec DM100 VDR was already U.S. Coast Guard certified. The CCS type approval applies to the Danelec DM100 VDR. “It’s important to note that Danelec Marine’s DM100 VDRs and S-VDRs have full unconditional type approval to meet all of the IMO and IEC technical requirements,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.
Danelec to Lead Working Group in EU’s EfficienSea2
Danish marine electronics company Danelec Marine informs it will oversee a working group in the European Union (EU) EfficienSea2 maritime innovation project designed to increase safety of navigation and efficiency at sea. The EU this month approved and set aside $11 million to fund the EfficienSea2 initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Danish Maritime Authority. The project consortium includes 32 partners from 12 countries. A key component of the initiative is the development of a “Maritime Cloud,” a communication tool that will improve the exchange of information for vessels at sea. The project will also yield an array of new digital services within the areas of navigation and automatic ship emission reporting and monitoring, to further increase efficiency.
Danelec Marine on Bridging Ship Telematics Data Gap
Danelec Marine has published a White Paper that makes the case for using Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) technology to provide real-time access to data from shipboard systems and sensors. The White Paper, entitled “VDRConnect Bridges the Data Gap,” is available for free download at www.danelec-marine.com/news/white-paper-on-vdrconnect-remote-access-solution.aspx. “The shipping industry has been slow to embrace the telematics revolution that is transforming other transportation sectors…
Maersk to Retrofit VDRs on 100 Containerships
Maersk Line will retrofit 100 vessels with Danelec Marine’s DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs). “The fleet retrofit program will take advantage of our newly developed conversion kits, which we designed to facilitate replacement of older models of VDRs and S-VDRs,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “Some of these older products are 10 or more years old and are nearing the end of their service life. The Danelec conversion kits include adapter plates with predrilled bolt holes…
Danelec Marine Unveils eSERVICEConnect Initiative
Danelec Marine launched its new eSERVICEConnect initiative today in a move to automate and streamline shipboard service for its products worldwide. Danelec’s eSERVICEConnect is an Internet, cloud-based solution designed to provide seamless integration of the ship service process by connecting the equipment manufacturer, service company and shipmanager to ensure fast, efficient and high-quality service for ships anywhere in the world. The eSERVICEConnect platform will be rolled out in phases during the next six months…
Danelec Marine Offers Conversion Kits for Older VDR and S-VDR Installations
Danelec Marine today announced the availability of conversion kits to facilitate replacement of older shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs). Denmark-based Danelec has designed a full range of adapter plates with pre-drilled bolt holes, as well as serial, digital and analog interfaces for older VDR brands. This makes for easy plug-and-play replacement of the bridge data units, microphones, memory capsules and other components, while reusing all existing interfaces, cabling and adapters, the company said.