Ireland-based Arklow Shipping has selected Sperry Marine to upgrade its 12 container vessels with VisionMaster FT electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) to enable paperless navigation.
The 12 vessels to be upgraded are multipurpose vessels with capacity ranging from 3,000t to 5,000t.
Sperry Marine is a unit of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation and Maritime Systems Division and supplies smart navigation and ship control systems to the international marine industry.
Sperry Marine is scheduled to equip the ECDIS technology on Arklow’s vessels by the end of 2014, with the new system replacing the existing NaviECDIS.
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine managing director Alan Dix 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."
Designed to meet customer specifications, the new ECDIS brings information from all navigation sensors together and combines them into multifunction workstations.
Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT ECDIS allows easy access to the tasks to be undertaken during ship operation through graphical interface and colour coding.
Apart from providing paperless navigation, the VisionMaster FT system will also help in reducing maintenance costs and offer the Integrated Bridge System with the latest technology and features, said Sperry Marine.
Image: Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT ECDIS will enable paperless navigation on Arklow Shipping’s 12 container vessels. Photo: Arklow Shipping.