When the Raven Integrated Navigation System (INS) was type-approved by DNV GL, it was granted the world's first type approval for a bridge solution where an integrated computer system was developed for the bridge instead of combining different pieces of software. The integrated bridge allows for simpler and more flexible use and provides improved operational reliability and a sound platform for the future digital and green revolution at sea.
Sales & BID Manager Smart Control Svein Ove Farstad compares this to how people used to have a calculator, a photo album and a phone book, while all of these functions are now combined in their smartphone.
‘Raven INS integrates the different programs for charts, route planning, radar, autopilot, trackpilot etc. into a comprehensive program and a bridge solution with all software and hardware, as well as an integrated operator’s seat. This makes the bridge easier to use and improves operational reliability.’
In photo: Norsk Fisketransport’s new wellboat Reisa is the first vessel in the world to boast Norwegian Electric Systems’ fully integrated bridge system Raven INS. From left, chief officer Alexander Mathisen and Skipper Sindre Waagø. Photo: Børge Lorentzen, NFT
Easy to use and reliable
Raven INS allows users to easily adapt the monitors and screen layout as needed.
‘The bridge on board Reisa has been tailored for the wellboat and to the specific operations the boat will carry out. You can also simply switch between different operations at the touch of a button, whether you are on a transport leg, lying stationary beside a salmon cage or approaching port.’
Svein Ove Farstad also emphasises that the computer and network-based solution improves safety.
‘Raven INS provides multiple redundancy. If a monitor or computer fails, others will take over.’
Smart solution for the future
The computer and network solution also ensures adaptability to future requirements and needs. The comprehensive system developed by the company is ready for new functions to be added.
‘As additional needs become apparent and the technology develops, more functions can be added. They could include solutions for engine alarm monitoring, thruster control and dynamic positioning, or smaller systems such as navigation light controls.’
Svein Ove Farstad points out that the network solution also means that Raven INS is ready to interact with shore on data capture and remote monitoring.
‘This is an important element in the development towards increasing automation and autonomous vessels. Raven INS supports enhanced user and operational support. And a digital twin is already part of the system, which allows for remote training where the crew can sit at home with their laptop and receive training.’
Erling Lorentzen in NFT says they are engaged with development and want the company to be ahead. ‘As additional needs become apparent and the technology develops, more functions can be added.
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When the Raven Integrated Navigation System (INS) was type-approved by DNV GL, it was granted the world's first type approval for a bridge solution where an integrated computer system was developed for the bridge instead of combining different pieces of software. The bridge provides a complete and fully integrated navigation system with user-friendly monitors, seat, integrated and uniform software and hardware. Photo: NESReturn to articles Share Facebook