Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Irish Shipping Group's Multipurpose Freight and Container Vessels Get Navigation Upgrade

Twelve Vessels Will Meet IMO Paperless Standards
Shipping News Feature

UK – IRELAND – County Wicklow based container operator Arklow Shipping, has selected Sperry Marine, a unit of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation and Maritime Systems Division, provider of ‘smart’ navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry, to upgrade twelve multipurpose freight and container vessels with VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to enable paperless navigation. Sperry Marine will install all of the systems by the end of 2014 with the new system replacing the existing NaviECDIS that utilises the Voyage Management System that the company previously employed. Alan Dix, Managing Director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, said:

"With Sperry Marine's VisionMaster FT ECDIS, these vessels not only meet the International Maritime Organization's requirements for paperless navigation, but will now have improved long-term cost efficiency.”

The manufacturers claim the VisionMaster FT system possesses flexibility designed to meet customer specifications, with information from all navigation sensors brought together and merged into multifunction workstations. In addition to paperless navigation, the new ECDIS will reduce maintenance costs and provide the Integrated Bridge System with the latest technology and features.

Arklow Shipping operates a fleet of forty four ships that transport project cargos, grain, and both general and bulk commodities. The twelve vessels being upgraded are multipurpose vessels ranging in capacity from 3,000 to 5,000 gross tonnage.

Photo: Arklow Ruler and Arklow Rose pass by each other.