Sperry Marine completes integrated bridge system retrofit on Stena Ferries

1 September 2013 (Last Updated September 1st, 2013 18:30)

Northrop Grumman business unit Sperry Marine has completed installation of its integrated bridge system retrofit on several Stena Line RoPax ferries.

Stena Adventurer

Northrop Grumman business unit Sperry Marine has completed installation of its integrated bridge system retrofit on several Stena Line RoPax ferries.

The core of the integrated bridge is a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products from Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT series.

As part of the deal, VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder, and an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) that provides full control on both bridge wings have been equipped on the Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels.

The Stena Europe and Stena Adventurer are also equipped with the VisionMaster FT ECDIS, which meets the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) requirements for paperless navigation.

Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT ECDIS will also offer a separate backup station if the primary ECDIS navigation station is damaged or disrupted.

"The navigation system provides situational awareness capabilities and improvements in radar performance."

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine managing director, Alan Dix, said the navigation system provides situational awareness capabilities and improvements in radar performance to enhance the ships’ safety at sea.

"It ensures compliance with new carriage requirements for greater navigational safety standards as set out by the IMO," Dix said.

Northrop Grumman has also provided training on the VisionMaster FT products.

Stena Line, which has a fleet of 38 vessels, including fast ferries, traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers and pure cargo ships, operates on 22 routes in Scandinavia, around the UK and to the Baltic countries.


Image: Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT ECDIS has been equipped on Stena Line’s RoPax ferries. Photo courtesy of Andrew Pasquale.