From the 1 July 2014 all new ships of 50,000 GRT and upwards must be fitted with two separate speed measuring devices. That is one device indicating speed and distance through the water (STW) and a second device indicating speed and distance over the ground (SOG) in the forward and athwartships direction. This means that such newbuildings normally equipped with one Doppler Speedlog must fit a second Speedlog for STW. Refer to SOLAS Regulation V/19 MSC.1.Circ. 1429 dated 28/5/2012.
A typical product solution for this new requirement would be the Skipper DL850 Doppler Speedlog and the Skipper EML224 Speedlog for STW.
An interesting alternative to Doppler worth considering is the AMI Ships Movement Information Display System (SMIDS). This product provides extremely accurate speed information using GPS and GLONASS satellite source data. High accuracy is achieved by mounting satellite antennas at the bow and stern of the vessel. Installation therefore is all above the water line reducing cost and maintenance avoiding conventional Doppler performance issues regardless of water depth, aeration, turbulence, temperature or salinity.
Intellian, the world's technological leader in marine satellite antennas, has launched the new dual-band 3-axis s80HD WorldViewTM TVRO antenna, featuring the latest Intellian developed LNB technology.
Ka-band satellite signals and one Ku-band signal for DIRECTV? North American programming, enabling all channels to be watched simultaneously. Additionally, the antenna incorporates Intellian's first dual-band LNB combined with WorldView. The Intellian Ku-/Ka- band WorldView Trio LNB (Low Noise Block-Down Converter) with triple feed horn enables HD and SD TV to be watched anywhere in the world, particularly suited for larger yachts.......................
NEW Vsat ANTENNAS
The Intellian v80G is a fully integrated 83cm Ku-band stabilized maritime VSAT system that acquires and locks onto the satellite without requiring a separate input from the ship's gyro-compass. This allows you to have a reliable, "always-on" broadband connection at sea.
The Intellian v80G is the smallest antenna that works without the need for a spread spectrum satellite network transmission. This provides a compact system in a TDMA or SCPC transmission format. The higher-gain performance design enables the antenna to operate on the fringes of the signal footprint with superior operation.
With its 3-axis stabilization platform, the v80G has superior tracking performance that is nearly equal to the 1 meter grade VSAT antenna system. ....................................
The Intellian v100GX 3-Axis Ku-Band VSAT communications antenna is prepared for the upcoming Global XpressTM (GX) Ka-band broadband service from Inmarsat. The 1m v100GX incorporates a dual-band, carbon fibre reflector and tuned radome for consistent service, whether operating on either Ku- or Ka- band.
The high-gain precision carbon fibre reflector is designed to provide optimum performance on either Ku or Ka-band. When converting the system the antenna reflector does not need to be changed and the RF section is mounted on a single modular chassis enabling quick conversion to Ka-band operation without any system re-balancing...................
NEW FLEET BROADBAND SOLUTIONS
Intellian, the world's technological leader in marine satellite antennas, has introduced three new solutions for the Inmarsat Fleet Broadband (FB) networks with innovative new features and stylish design radomes as the latest additions to its line of satellite communication antenna systems.
The FB150, the FB250 and the FB500 comprise a robust and feature-rich product line supported by Intellian's industry-leading three year warranty. All three terminals of the new Intellian FB product line include a broad range of IP and networking related value-added features such as IP routing, Firewall capability and vessel fleet tracking...........
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FLIR recently announced three new camera series to their internationally acclaimed range of Marine Thermal Imaging Night Vision Cameras in the marine market.
The MD Series of high-quality but affordable cameras for marine applications are fixed -mount and 'ball up' or 'ball down' installation. The Flir MD-625 gives crisp thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels whilst lower resolution is offered by the Flir MD-324. Both operate with optical zoom and uncooled vanadium oxide (VOx) detectors.
The multi-sensor MU/MV camera series features powerful ultra, long range thermal night vision images and a comprehensive set of functions - pan & tilt, gyro stabilization, radar & video tracking and picture-in picture mode. The top model Flir MU-602CLW has four different payloads in the same camera system.