SMARTBLUE-Win

Raytheon Anschütz has received a contract to provide its SMARTBLUE maritime situational awareness system for installation on two vessels owned by an undisclosed major oil and gas company.

The vessels are currently under construction in South Korea and will be used for operations in the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Raytheon Anschütz area surveillance leader James Norwood said: "This contract win has been the culmination of three years of hard work by our dedicated software development team."

"We are breaking new ground in how we will build, deliver and manage this SMARTBLUE solution, maximising the value our customer will realise."

"For this customer, we are breaking new ground in how we will build, deliver and manage this SMARTBLUE solution, maximising the value our customer will realise with this advanced offshore security solution."

As part of the contract, Raytheon will deliver two 12ft X-band radars integrated with automatic identification system (AIS) to a SMARTBLUE sensor management pack.

SMARTBLUE will link the incoming data from the sensors and provide information through an operator workstation located in the vessel, which will later pass to the maritime control centre in Norway.

This will allow the operators ashore to monitor and control the area surrounding the asset.

The open software architecture command and control (C2) system, SMARTBLUE performs functions such as boundary and sector alarms, vessel traffic monitoring, own vessel monitoring, contact classification and collision avoidance.

The system can also be incorporated with sonar systems for underwater detection, meteorological systems, hydrographic monitoring systems, iceberg detection and tracking, oil spill detection and tracking.

Raytheon Anschütz’s UK office in Portsmouth will design and manage the system while assembling and testing of the system will be undertaken at the company’s facility in Singapore.


Image: An example of how SMARTBLUE maritime situational awareness system works. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz.