Singapore-based tanker operator Unix Line has contracted Alphatron Marine to service and support onboard navigation and communications equipment on 42 vessels.
Unix has installed Japan Radio Co (JRC) bridge equipment on most of its fleet of chemical tankers and needed Alphatron for the continuous upkeep, surveys and replacements.
Alphatron will provide shore-based maintenance of radar, ECDIS and other bridge equipment, and of the satellite communications and electronic safety instruments. Part of this agreement involves delivering pro-active vessel monitoring and helpdesk support.
Another aspect of the contract includes conducting yearly health checks on all equipment and mandatory annual surveys for global maritime distress and safety system equipment and voyage data recorders.
Unix said this agreement was a risk-free and long-term partnership as it would not need to worry about unforeseen costs in the future for equipment servicing and replacement.
Alphatron has experience in producing and servicing integrated bridge systems and has close co-operation with JRC and other bridge equipment suppliers. In March, Alphatron and JRC joined forces with Transas to develop the next generation of vessel e-navigation solutions.