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Raytheon Standard 22 Gyro Compass

Image courtesy Raytheon Anschütz GmbH

Raytheon Anschütz has now introduced new features for its Standard 22 gyro compass. Among the new features the most important improvements are independent transmitting magnetic compass and individual speed error correction functions. Standard 22 will now be equipped with a modified distribution unit, which is enhanced by an independent transmitting magnetic compass (TMC) path. Thus, a failure in the distribution unit or even in the compass system will not affect the processing of the magnetic compass heading. This enhancement ensures that the steering repeater would be switched automatically to magnetic heading in a situation of lost gyro compass heading. With this function, various flag state authorities do not require an optical bypass for the magnetic compass on board of the vessel. According to Olav Denker, the independent transmitting magnetic compass function of Standard 22 will not only increase standards of safety, but will also offer economical benefits: “Thanks to the new feature, no separate TMC unit will be required and the yard does not have to install an optical bypass for the magnetic compass.  This saves costs for the ship owner and installation time for the yard.” The new Standard 22 will also offer an individual speed error correction mode. In a double or triple gyro compass systems it will be possible to input speed and latitude information directly into the Standard 22


Raytheon Anschütz Launches New Gyro Compass

Photo: Raytheon Anschütz

With the new Horizon MF the German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz launches a new generation gyro compass which can be operated free of maintenance. Horizon MF is Raytheon Anschütz’ new strap down compass system which uses Hemispherical Resonator Gyros (HRG) to measure angular rates for heading calculation. In a strapped-down system angular rate gyros and accelerometers are not gimballed but mounted stationary in a housing


LMS Snags Moroccan Frigate Contract

Litton Marine Systems (LMS) was awarded a contract worth up to $1.8 million to supply navigation and control systems for two new Floreal Class frigates being built for the Moroccan Navy in France construction at Chantiers de L'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire. They are scheduled for delivery in 2003-2004. The frigates will be fitted with Litton's new BridgeMaster E military-spec tactical radar systems. Other equipment to be supplied by Litton includes a ring laser gyro attitude and heading


QMT in STORM Simulator Collaboration

SSH Ship Simulator: Image credit QTM/STORM

Quality Maritime Training (QMT) partners with Educational Systems & Technologies on the River and the Sea; (acronym STORM) to provice simulator & training technolgies. Quality Maritime Training (QMT) of St. Petersburg, Florida has partnered with Educational Systems and Technologies on the River and the Sea; STORM Ltd., to provide STORM's marine simulators, computer based training (CBT) programs and crew knowledge assessment systems to U.S. mariners.   


Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems for New Indian CG Vessels

New Patrol Boat: Artists impression courtesy of Indian Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation to supply advanced shipboard navigation systems for 20 fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard. Under the contract, awarded through the company's Indian reseller Marine Electricals Ltd., Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit will provide a navigation package including VisionMaster™ Total Watch™ multifunction displays, electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), autopilot


Geo Shipyard Delivers to USACE

Photo courtesy Geo Shipyard, Inc.

The Redlinger and the Elton, both 60-ft Hysucraft (hydrofoil supported catamarans), are survey vessel sister ships designed and built for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. They are serving the Portland Oregon district. Redlingers mission is in Portland along the Columbia River. Eltons mission is in Astoria and out to the Columbia Bar. The vessels have a top speed of 35knots with a cruising speed of 30 knots at 80% power


CTruk Debuts Multi-role Force Protection Craft

Photo: CTruk

THOR is the brain-child of CTruk’s Military and Security team, who between them have amassed approximately 200 years of military experience, skills and knowledge. Realizing that new designs must be right the first time, the company has established a Military Design Advisory Panel (MDAP), which acts as an advisory body, steering design to ensure that vessels are fit for task. The result of all this expertise, not to mention CTruk’s proven offshore support vessel designs, is THOR


Navy Lab Hosts Ceremony

Senior U.S. Navy and government officials will open the Navy's new Magnetic Silencing Complex at 10:00 a.m. on October 7th, 2002 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda. NSWCCD commander Captain Steven Petri USN and executive director Mr. James Fein welcome U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and U.S. Representative Connie Morella as speakers. The $7.6 million complex totals 39


FURUNO ECDIS in Manila and Mumbai

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FURUNO type specific ECDIS training now available in Mumbai, India and in Manila, the Philippines.   FURUNO has established training facilities in India and the Philippines through close cooperation with the newly established Moloobhoy Training Centre in Mumbai and COMPASS Training Centre in the Philippines. The two training centres have started to provide the 2-day FURUNO type specific ECDIS training course under the NavSkills umbrella having their instructors trained in Denmark and


Real Ships Yachts Expands in European

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Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter


Raytheon Anschütz Makes Landmark Delivery

Handover ceremony of a certificate about the 15,000 Standard 22 during Posidonia 2014

Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based navigation system supplier, delivers its 15,000th Standard 22 Gyro Compass in June 2014. Onboard the superyacht Esmeralda the jubilee compass will replace an old Anschütz Standard 4 Gyro Compass which has been in operation for more than 30 years.


TGS Begins Seismic 3D Survey West of Scotland

Seismic data acquisition: File image

TGS says it has commenced acquisition of a new 3D multi-client survey in the West of Shetland region.The survey will cover 2,500km2 and will tie into TGS' existing 3D library in the region, bringing the total volume of recent TGS 3D in the area to more than 17,500 km2.


Synapsis INS for Two New Wind Farm Service Vessels

Rendering courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, says that  together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, it has been awarded a contract for the supply of an advanced Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to two new state-of-the-art wind farm service


Aviator & Engineer: Lawrence Burst Sperry

Elmer A. Sperry with his son, pilot Lawrence Burst Sperry, an inventor in his own right, with 23 patents pending or granted, including one for a self-contained parachute. (Photo: Hagley Museum and Library)

A chip off the old block makes aeronautics his claim to fame   The U.S. Navy, and the aeronautic field in general, has benefited enormously from the genius of more than one Sperry.  Lawrence Burst Sperry, the second son and third child of gyrocompass inventor Elmer A


Elmer A. Sperry: Pioneer of Modern Naval Tech

“Here’s one of the best pictures of your father and at the same time one of the few which was taken showing him actually using the gyrocompass. I suggest you keep this for your records.”   Note to Elmer Jr. from  Robert B. Lea, July 8, 1937 (Photo: Hagley Museum and Library)

Inventor, Entrepreneur, Industrialist & The Father of Modern Navigational Tech Elmer A. Sperry casts a long shadow over the history of modern naval, nautical and aeronautical technology, one few people know much about, but should, for a man crowned both the “father of modern


Northrop Grumman Awarded US$88-Million Navy Contract

Integrated bridge: File image

According to the US Department of Defense, Navy, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Charlottesville, Va., is being awarded an $88,153,800 contract to acquire integrated bridge systems and steering/ship control systems, related hardware and associated services.


Northrop Grumman Appoint MD for Sperry Marine Business

Jeanne Usher: Photo Northrop Grumman

Jeanne Usher has been named managing director of the Sperry Marine business unit, effective immediately inform Northrop Grumman Corporation. Usher succeeds Alan Dix, who recently retired following a distinguished career with the company spanning 33 years.


TGS Signs LOI for Seabird Exploration Seismic Vessel Charters

Seismic survey vessel: Image courtesy of Seabird Exploration

Norway-based TGS informs that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Seabird Exploration to charter up to four 2D seismic vessels to be used over the next 36 months.  The Letter of Intent gives TGS priority rights to the vessels subject to the issuance of seismic acquisition permits for the


MRM Facilitator Training Concludes in Manila

Photo: ALL Academy

A successful Maritime Resource Management (MRM) Facilitator training event concluded today in Makati City, Manila, Philippines as 22 participants from China, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore had gathered for the two-day event held at the European Training & Competence Center


Macro Sensors Gauge Tank Volume Changes

This diagram shows the LVDT level sensor attached to the side of a tank using a flat-hook assembly. The high-permeability core follows the position of the stainless-steel float. The LVDT electronics sense the core position using magnetic induction. Output is a 4 to 20-mA instrumentation current loop corresponding to the position of the core in the LVDT body.

Configured with a float, Macro Sensors HSIR Series LVDT Linear Position Transmitters are serving as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes. In this LVDT level sensor configuration


Nordic Clinches $23.5m Offshore Seismic Contract

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Singapore-based offshore specialist Nordic Maritime has been awarded a $23.5 million contract to provide 3D marine seismic data acquisition and processing services off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, India, to Cairn India Limited, starting later this month.


Dooley Named President at Choice Ballast

John P. Dooley

Richard A. Mueller named John P. Dooley President of Choice Ballast Solutions, LLC. Working in close cooperation with ballast water systems suppliers and vessel owners, Dooley will be responsible for the overall management of the Choice commercial marine business activities


DHL Solve Weighty Problem, Deliver UK MRI Scanner to USA

Image courtesy of DHL

DHL Global Forwarding say they have delivered the world's largest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner ever built to the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota. The journey of the 100-ton heavy-load module from Oxford, United Kingdom, to its destination in the U.S


Stanford Hawk to Support Total E&P

Stanford Hawk

Stanford Marine announced from its Dubai headquarters that it has secured a five-year contract with Total E&P Angola for Stanford Hawk, the latest addition to its fleet. Total E&P Angola (TEPA) awarded Stanford Marine a five-year contract, with two two-year options


St Lawrence Seaway: Proposed Regulations Amendment

Telegraph: Image courtesy of UK P&I Club

Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices and Procedures (known as "regulations" within the SLSDC). Some of the amendments






 
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