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VDR retrofit programme for Diamond S Shipping

Diamond S Shipping’s fleet of 30 medium-range product tankers is nearing completion of a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) retrofit programme, with Mackay Marine India in Mumbai installing the equipment on behalf of VDR manufacturer Danelec Marine.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Mackay is installing Danelec’s new-generation DM100 VDRs on the ships as replacements for the existing VDRs, which had been installed at construction and were nearing the end of their service life.

The new equipment includes Danelec’s SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology, as well as the DanelecConnect remote data gateway for ship-to-shore transfer. The installations were facilitated using “retrofit conversion kits,” which include specific sets of hardware, software and data interfaces to replace more than 45 different brands of VDRs and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs).

The mechanical kits include pre-drilled adaptor plates and mounting brackets for the main unit, memory capsule and bridge microphones. They also include Remote Data Interface (RDI) units for serial, analogue and digital connections, as well as a software tool for conversion of old configuration files.

“By conducting pre-install site surveys on each class of vessel and using the Danelec conversion kits, we were able to accelerate the installation process with zero equipment failures, ensuring the ships’ schedules were not disrupted,” said Ram Sitaraman, managing director of Mackay India.

“The average installation time was 18 to 24 hours per ship.”{/mprestriction}

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