Kongsberg Maritime has developed a powerful and flexible PC based system designed to integrate several key shipboard functionalities, providing owners with a tool to drastically reduce costs. The Marine Info Station is primarily designed as a means to make better use of Voyage Data Recorder(VDR) and Simplified-Voyage Data Recorder (S-VDR) and to save time and money through the unique, DNV approved Remote Annual Survey.
VDR and S-VDR systems require a yearly survey in order to continue operating as required by international standards. This requires an authorised surveyor to visit the vessel and physically test the system onboard, which is an expensive and ongoing cost. The Marine Info Station can reduce costs by providing DNV approved Remote Annual Survey of VDR/S-VDR, using functions of the Kongsberg Maritime FleetMaster Electronic Log Book.
The ship’s personnel will complete and sign an inspection procedure (annual survey report) and extract recorded data from the VDR/S-VDR. The extracted data is copied to a DVD via the Marine Info Station and sent to Kongsberg Maritime by mail or courier service. The report and the extracted data are examined and a new Certificate of Compliance for VDR/S-VDR is issued by KONGSBERG.
This negates the need for a surveyor to visit the ship and can save owners the significant costs that this entails. Typically, a 50 vessel fleet can save the owner approximately 800,000 Euros over a five year period, by using the VDR/SVDR Remote Annual Survey function of the Marine Info Station. This saving takes into account the costs of the system itself and the survey processing and certificates from KONGSBERG.
Users of Remote Annual Survey on the Marine Info Station will recoup the initial cost of the system very quickly, and will not expect any further key VDR/S-VDR survey costs for the life of the system, says Bjarne Bjorkan, Product Manager, Kongsberg Maritime. Costs are further reduced and operations improved with functionality for Electronic Log Books, a separate electronic chart station and replay of valuable VDR data for training and evaluation purposes.
The Marine Info Station may also be used for FleetMaster Electronic Log Books, FleetMaster Technical Logs, Replay and Evaluation of VDR/S-VDR data, and as an electronic chart station. The software applications may be supplied separately or as a complete package, adding further flexibility to this performance enhancing system.
Available as a desktop PC or cabinet mounted system, the Marine Info Station is also capable of monitoring, recording, analysing and trending data, and is the ideal partner for Kongsberg Maritime’s automation equipment such as the DC20.