First K-Chief 600 equipped ship delivered
Overall view of the Kongsberg Maritime K-Chief 600 automation system
The first ship with Kongsberg Maritime's latest K-Chief 600 automation system was recently handed over. The K-Chief 600 features integrated vessel performance system (VPS), for lower fuel consumption and emissions.
The VPS is fully integrated with the Korean-built VLCC's K-Chief 600, and it analyses all aspects of energy use, including speed, trim and weather conditions in real time. It includes fuel and engine performance monitoring systems, for online analysis and prediction of main engine failures before they may occur. The VPS is claimed to harmonise previously disparate vessel performance applications into a single station, making the K-Chief 600 a central part of the complete ship’s system. Kongsberg Maritime says that it has installations scheduled for over 80 K-Chief systems, onboard a range of vessels including VLCCs, ro-pax vessels, container ships and tankers.
Kongsberg Maritime introduced its first marine automation system, DataChief 1, in 1972 and the K-Chief 600 was launched in 2010, to offer wide ranging enhancements over the previous generation, including touch screen and split screen capabilities, context Mini trends, a seven day full trend system, integrated optional components and an all new human machine interface (HMI) designed to offer a uniform, user-friendly interface across all Kongsberg Maritime systems.
In addition to the ‘green’ focus of the VPS, the K-Chief 600 is said to offer scalable functionality including full alarm and monitoring system, auxiliary control system, power management system, propulsion control, ballast automation system, cargo control and monitoring, HVAC and fire system, plus greater scope for full integration with other sub-systems onboard. The company says that future focus for the continuing development of the K-Chief 600 includes enhancements to the tank monitoring presentation and the integration of a full custody transfer system.
"The new HMI has been developed to meet ongoing demands from the industry for modern HMIs on critical systems such as navigation and automation," says Bente Lise Melås, vice president - integrated automation, merchant marine division, Kongsberg Maritime. "The K-Chief 600 HMI offers a number of improvements, including upgraded alarm presentation, multiple palettes, split screen with up to four resizable views, improved operation dialogues with integrated mini trends, flexible tabular views with sorting, filtering and optional columns selection, custom views and better data handling to name but a few. Together, these enhancements provide a user-friendly experience that contributes to the safety and efficiency of any vessel."
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