Advanced IBS for polar research ship
Raytheon Anschütz has recently completed the supply of its latest generation of integrated bridge system (IBS) to the ‘SA Agulhas II’, a new polar research ship owned by the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
Sea trials including demanding ice trial tests in the Gulf of Bothnia were successfully passed during March 2012. The 134m long vessel was designed and built by the STX Finland shipyard in Rauma.
The Raytheon Anschütz integrated bridge and navigation system consisting of six wide-screen workstations for radar, chart radar, ECDIS and conning, as well as a NautoPilot, a redundant gyro compass system Standard 22, a full package of navigation sensors, the navigation data management and the complete radio station according to GMDSS A4 for operation in the polar region. The navigation system complies with DNV’s NAUT-AW notation.
One of the IMO Radars provides ice radar functionality with advanced ice imaging capabilities, to assist the navigator in finding the optimal route through icy waters and reduce fuel consumption and the risk of hull damage. The bridge system also integrates a DP system, which shares information such as waypoints with the navigation system to allow precise operation within the ice fields. A helicopter console with a chart radar slave display and equipment for the SRTP room complete the scope of supply.
The bridge and navigation equipment was installed by technicians from AT Marine in conjunction with RH South Africa, both long-term certified service partners of Raytheon Anschütz.
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