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Maritime Digitalisation & Communications

Next level of bridge electronics unveiled

Fri 13 Apr 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Next level of bridge electronics unveiled
Hatteland’s HM 20T22 XRD has a 20-in screen for radar display

Manufacturers reveal new bridge displays, extreme monitors, upgraded operating software and applications for navigation and system monitoring

European manufacturers have introduced new bridge electronics, software and applications for commercial shipping, workboats, naval and leisure vessels since the start of this year. The latest announcement came in April from Hatteland Display, which unveiled a new suite of bridge displays for multifunctional workstations and navigation planning tables on ships.

Its most recent addition is an extreme rugged marine display (XRD) with a 20-in screen. HM 20T22 XRD can withstand shock to levels required for use on naval vessels, has a touchscreen that enables multiple-touch controls, can be calibrated for ECDIS and can come with optical bonding for a longer service life.

These displays can be installed in a console or can be rack-mounted and ordered with foldable or fixed handles, depending on user requirements.

Hatteland also introduced ultra-high definition Series X monitors for route planning tables, ECDIS and radar. These come in two sizes, 55-in and 32-in. Series X 55-in displays are for voyage planning on commercial ships and tactical tables on naval vessels.

They have 40-point touchscreen controls, brightness and contrast controls that enable multiple data types to be easily viewed under all conditions, according to Hatteland.

Series X 32-in multi vision display also has a touchscreen that can be visually split to allow users to monitor and control different aspects of onboard equipment, including navigation, automation and strategic systems.

Beijer Electronics started rolling out its new X2 extreme family of rugged human-machine interfaces for tough environments in January. These panels are designed to perform in rugged environments and in hazardous areas where gases, vapours and dust are present. Extended environmental capabilities include operating temperatures from -30°C to +70°C, high vibrations and high-pressure washdowns.

X2 extreme panels are available in 7-in, 12-in and 15-in sizes in standard, high-performance and fully-sealed versions. They are certified by classification societies DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register, ABS and Korean Register. X2 extreme panels are certified to meet two EU directives about explosive atmospheres (atmosphères explosibles, or ATEX Zone 2 and Zone 22), and are verified by the International Electrotechnical Commission to operate in extreme environments.

For workboats and leisure vessels, Flir Systems subsidiary Raymarine has introduced new applications in its Axiom line of multifunction navigation displays (MFD). Together with Axiom Innovations, Raymarine has developed the LightHouse 3 operating software for Axiom MFDs with a series of applications for vessel navigation and remote monitoring.

These include Raymarine’s own Android-compatible mobile applications and those developed by other companies for the MFDs. This incorporate access to the Theyr GRIB* global weather forecast and tide apps for route planning. Another LightHouse application enables vessel users to stream onboard entertainment, such as films and music.

Some of the third-party applications available include the Seakeeper gyro stabiliser control and Mazu mSeries global satellite communications, which allows users to send messages, receive weather forecasts, and monitor their vessel from anywhere in the world. Raymarine is a subsidiary of Flir, which supplies night vision cameras.

For workboats and leisure vessels, SevenCs released an online tile map service ChartServer software tool. This can be used by fleet monitoring, vessel tracking and surveying applications on mobile devices to display maritime navigation charts of International Hydrographic Organization standards S-57 and S-63. It has access to maritime charts for those needing full global chart coverage or those interested in small marine areas.

For offshore vessels, Dutch start-up MO4 has developed a vessel motion forecasting tool. This includes an onboard motion monitoring device and weather forecast software. MO4 accurately and clearly shows how the incoming weather will impact an offshore operation.


*GRIB is GRIdded Binary or General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form. It is a concise data format commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data.

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