Germany's Raytheon Anschütz has secured a deal from Vard Holding to provide its Synapsis integrated navigation system (INS) for an advanced research vessel.

The INS will be included in a large equipment and electrical installation package that is due to be delivered by Vard Holding subsidiary Vard Electro to India’s Cochin Shipyard, which is responsible for building the ship.

Raytheon's system features a total of six workstations for chart radar, electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) and conning applications.

All the workstations are connected through an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN).

The INS is capable of managing all routes and charts, as well as sharing data across the network, and will look after the vessels’ central tasks and services such as data handling and distribution, system health monitoring and switch over, alert management, and user settings.

"The INS will look after the vessels’ central tasks and services such as data handling and distribution, system health monitoring and switch over, alert management, and user settings."

The function ensures a consistent presentation of data or alarms for display, and control from any individual workstation.

It is type-approved in line with International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new performance standards for integrated navigation systems, and also meets the highest performance requirements for redundancy, safety and ease of operation.

Raytheon Anschütz’s Norway-based partner Syberg, which has sold the INS to Vard, will supply and commission the system.

Additionally, Raytheon Anschütz will provide Vard with an S-band- and X-band network-based radar sensor known as NP 5000 autopilot, and a fully redundant inertial navigation system.


Image: Example of Synapsis integrated navigation system. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz.