MacGregor alerts industry to safety

20 Jun 2014
The new alert system has been designed to complement MacGregor's range of steering gear

The new alert system has been designed to complement MacGregor's range of steering gear

MacGregor has launched a new alert system, Soteria, designed to complement its Hatlapa and Porsgrunn range of steering gear.

The safety system consists of a control cabinet with a touch-screen control panel located in the steering gear compartment, and two further touch-screen panels in the engine control room and on the bridge.

“The system’s alert display can be fully integrated on the vessel’s bridge, ensuring clear and easy access to a comprehensive range of alerts. The high degree of integration is also beneficial for servicing purposes,” said Henrik Schädel, Hatlapa drives and control expert.

MacGregor says the system has been designed for a simple, economical installation and requires only one programmable logic controller (PLC), a feature which benefits shipyards.

It’s based on a CAN Bus system, which is robust and uses standard cabling, avoiding commissioning and operating issues.  

If a steering problem occurs, visual and audio warnings indicate one of three classes of alert: alarm, which is displayed in red and indicates a serious problem, warning, which is displayed in yellow and indicates a problem that requires attention but does not present the risk of immediate damage, and caution, displayed in blue and indicated that the stand-by pump has started.

Soteria can alert ship owners to a range of problems including overall system failure, feeder failure, hydraulic locking, overload, high oil temperature, clogged oil filter, low oil level, reduced ruder torque and safematic isolation system failure, among others.

“Shipyards and ship owners enjoy the pricing benefits of being able to purchase the steering gear and essential accessories from a single source, as well as the ability to receive an all rounded service for their products from one supplier who knows the products and integrated functionalities,” added Mr Schädel.

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