Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2020

Remaining vigilant at sea New forward looking sonar product from Sonardyne International provides 3D terrain map of the seabed and water column Sonardyne International has developed Vigilant, its new forward looking sonar. Vigilant builds a live, easy to interpret 3D terrain map of the seabed and the water column ahead. This eliminates the risks of navigating in unknown, dynamic or congested waters. It also makes finding an anchorage easier and, as the data is stored, it’s simpler to back out of a confined area. Vigilant also sends automated warnings when a submerged or semi-submerged object or obstacle – which could be otherwise hidden from sight, radar or Lidar – is detected in the water column, out to 1.5 kilometres ahead, which provides ample time to take avoidance action. Automated warnings can also be set for water depth, to avoid unexpected sand banks, reefs or even wrecks. Crossing and docking at the push of a button New technology from Kongberg Maritime has enabled Bastø Fosen VI to undertake the first completely automated journey across the Oslo fjord This year, Kongsberg Maritime’s adaptive transit technology enabled the Bastø Fosen VI ferry, loaded with passengers and vehicles, to carry out a completely automated journey across the Oslo fjord between Horten and Moss in Norway. This was the first fully automated journey to be carried out in regular service. The ability to repeatably and accurately enact crossing and docking functions at the push of a button improves timekeeping and frees up ferry crews to concentrate on issues such as passenger safety and collision avoidance. Over the coming months, Kongsberg will be equipping the ferry with additional sensors that enable the system to provide the captain with collision avoidance advice in real time. Delivering effective training WesCom Signal and Rescue helps ship crews to be prepared for when they need to respond quickly to a distress signal Marine distress signal company WesCom Signal and Rescue has introduced a new range of dedicated training assets for passenger ship operators across all of its branded Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and non-SOLAS products. Delivered through partners and distributors globally, this includes a series of training animations and dummy products which have been provided to over 120 training establishments in the past 12 months. These assets provide ship operators with a highly effective method of training crew, significant savings on training costs and they reduce the need for live exercises. WesCom supplies these training assets to the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), where they have been extensively trialled and accessed by all of the RNLI’s more than 6,000 volunteer crew members. 1 4 7