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December 2010 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
At SMM 2010, German navigation system supplier Raytheon
Anschütz launched its new intelligent bridge system. The
integrated navigation system (INS), which was given the name
“Synapsis Bridge Control”, is designed to make navigation
more efficient and to simplify operation for users.
According to Raytheon Anschütz, Synapsis Bridge Control was
chosen as a brand name to symbolise the intelligence of the new
navigation system generation with its immediate processing of
data, consistent data presentation to the operator and intuitive
support in decision making. The INS features new wide-screen,
task-orientated multifunctional workstations.
Using standard hardware and software, the workstations allow
for full scalability and future expandability. Possible configurations
range from a stand-alone ECDIS workplace to a fully integrated
workstation that provides access to all nautical tasks such as route
monitoring, collision avoidance, navigation control, status and
data display or alarm monitoring. A central change of display
colour schemes as well as central dimming can be processed from
any workstation within the INS.
The configurations and tasks of the workstations are
controlled by a newly developed bridge integration platform. The
platform provides common interfaces to further ship systems that
enable the integration of additional applications such as
automation, a DP system or CCTV from various suppliers on the
Within the INS, all data is distributed by a new dual ethernet
bus to be stored independently at any workstation. Having all
information consistently available throughout the whole
navigation network also allows the creation of new display pages
with respect to individual requirements. As an example, in
accordance with the idea of “e-navigation”, Raytheon Anschütz
has introduced a new “Voyage Efficiency Monitor”.
The joint display of navigation data with engine automation
data and loadmaster computer data is to enhance bridge operations
and support the navigator in right decision making, particularly
with regard to the rudder steering, which can help to optimise
voyage planning and fuel consumption.
To integrate the operator interfaces of the intelligent alert
management and the new “consistent common reference system”
(CCRS), Raytheon Anschütz has also enhanced its “NautoConning”
display. Within the INS, the CCRS continuously observes the
availability, validity and integrity of all sensor data and calculates a
quality indicator for each sensor.
The conning displays the quality indicators and provides a
system-wide sensor and source selection menu including a choice
between manual and automatic sensor selection. Within the
automatic sensor selection mode, a set of the best sensor data is
compiled automatically and distributed throughout the entire
navigation system. Apart from increasing the ship’s safety through
intelligent use of on-board sensor information, this is expected to
reduce the workloads of officers and pilots on duty.
As an essential part of Synapsis Bridge Control, Raytheon
Anschütz has also introduced the new adaptive NautoPilot 5000
with its color TFT and touch screen operation as well as the latest
generation of Nautosteer steering control system. Based on
CAN-bus, NautoSteer was developed with regard to fail-to-safe
principles. All components are fitted with take-over function and
include wire break and steering failure monitoring. Raytheon
Anschütz says, apart from making commissioning and installation
of systems at the shipyard easier, the new steering control sets new
standards of safety at sea.
For further information contact:
Raytheon Anschütz, Germany.
Raytheon Anschütz launches a new integrated navigation system
The new “Synapsis Bridge Control” integrated navigation system
Comar Systems has unveiled its latest high performance AIS
transponder, the Class A CSA-300.
The CSA-300 is a highly sensitive, compact, state-of-the-art
transponder which will interface with chartplotters, radar and
multifunction displays via an external VHF antenna and its
internal GPS antenna.
The system will provide automatic transmission of a vessel’s
position, speed and heading in relation to other vessels and will
also monitor these details together with the identity, name and call
sign for other AIS craft – both Class A and Class B – within VHF
range via a chart plotter, radar or PC programme, reducing the risk
It is the first Class A transponder from Comar Systems.
“This is a very exciting development for Comar,” said Comar
Systems MD, Peter Cotton. “Since the introduction of Class B AIS
systems, we have seen the light commercial market split between
adopting Class A or Class B technology and now we have an
affordably priced solution to offer for both sectors of the market.”
The CSA-300 incorporates its own internal 16-channel GPS
receiver meaning it can act as a GPS sensor for navigation systems
as well as an AIS receiver.
The system is Wheelmark and International Maritime
Organisation (IMO) approved, meeting the requirements of large
commercial vessels but is equally suitable for smaller commercial,
fishing, superyachts and leisure craft.
With a compact single unit design, installation and
configuration is straightforward. The system provides simple
access to data and menus and will also receive information from
base stations aids to navigation, AIS SARTs, text and safety
The CSA-300 is available at the competitive price of US$2,999.
For further information contact:
Comar Systems, UK.
New “Class A” AIS transponder from Comar Systems
The CSA-300 transponder
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