Germany-based ship owner NSC Holding has awarded a contract to Raytheon Anschütz to provide the latest generation of the IMO-certified Synapsis integrated navigation system (INS) to a series of its 9,000teu container ships.
Under the deal, Raytheon Anschütz will deliver integrated navigation from the Synapsis intelligent bridge control series in accordance with IMO’s new INS performance standards.
The bridge system will consist of four Synapsis multifunctional workstations, X and S-Band radar sensors, the adaptive and fuel-saving NautoPilot 5300, the new CAN-Bus based NautoSteer steering gear control system and the Standard 22 gyro compass system.
The capacity of the bridge system is extended with the addition of full package of navigation sensors and also with complete radio communication system.
South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s Subic Shipyard in Philippines was responsible for the construction of the new vessels, which are expected to enter service in 2014.
According to NSC, the new containerships will operate under a long-term charter of Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica (CCNI).
Raytheon Anschütz sales manager Jens Falkenberg said, "Being the first manufacturer who gained IMO type approval for Integrated Navigation also underlines the innovative technology and the high standards we are used to deliver."
According to operational requirements, Synapsis INS’s sensors and bridge applications are integrated into the multifunctional workstations, which helps the workstation to carry out tasks such as radar, ECDIS, conning, or third party applications at the same time.
The company said that the workstations are based on fanless PCs without moving mechanical components and are linked via an Ethernet ring network.
Image: Raytheon Anschütz will supply integrated navigation from the Synapsis intelligent bridge control series to the new NSC containerships. Photo: Raytheon Anschütz.