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Fugro launches navigation and manoeuvring support system

Fugro has added to its range of satellite positioning technology with Oceanstar, an onboard decision support system for commercial vessels offering high performance navigation and manoeuvring support.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}During berthing manoeuvres, the system provides detailed information including approach speeds, rate of turn and distances to the berth, which Fugro says can help to reduce a cruise ship’s berthing process, for example, by up to 30 minutes each time.

The new system incorporates approved and ‘Wheel Mark’ certified functions such as differential GNSS (DGNSS), speed and distance measurement device (SDMD), transmitting heading device (THD) and rate of turn indicator (ROT).

To assist with navigation in confined waters Oceanstar calculates heading, rate of turn, ground speed ahead/astern and speed athwart ships at the bow and stern, as well as distances. The information can be viewed on system displays that can be positioned anywhere on the bridge, or the functions can alternatively be embedded for display in compatible integrated bridge systems.

“Vessels of all types, and in particular passenger cruise ships and container ships, are becoming ever larger,” said Leif Morten By, product manager for Oceanstar.

“Larger vessels mean less room for manoeuvring, so assistance with accurate quay and terminal approach information can be crucial. Our Oceanstar system provides exactly this type of information to captains and pilots during berthing manoeuvres.”{/mprestriction}

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