MT Awarded Contract with Siem Offshore
Marine Technologies (MT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to provide a complete bridge package for Siem Offshore-s new build, a 243-foot (74-meter) infield support vessel (ISV) of Ulstein SX 163 design. The vessel will be built at Fjellstrand Verft in Norway for delivery in 2014, with the potential for a second vessel to follow. MT will supply a Bridge Mate™ Integrated Bridge System (IBS), along with (DP), Joystick (Jx) and Thruster Control (TCS) systems for the project.
New MT Broadband on the Move
Marine Technologies (MT) is proud to introduce their newest two-in-one Ku band VSAT antenna – the MT-BB100 MKIII. Based on the field-proven technology of the BB90 and the BB100, the improved MT-BB100 MKIII features a redesigned parabolic dish for optimal RF performance and feed incorporating cutting-edge computer simulation software used in aerospace missions. The MT-BB100 MKIII offers fast tracking and outstanding signal acquisition, even without an external gyrocompass. Locking information is gathered from an internal tuner, the satellite modem and the AGC (automatic gain control) level.
The MT-BB100 MKIII antenna is constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber and weighs less than 143 pounds (65 kg). This lightweight construction allows for the easiest antenna installation on the market. The MT-BB100 MKIII is designed to minimize stress on belts and motors for maximum operational life and minimum maintenance. Thanks to its rigid construction and fast tracking algorithms, the MT-BB100 MKIII antenna maintains remarkable tracking performance at all times, defying ship vibrations and heavy sea conditions.
The carbon fiber parabolic dish features a patent-pending metallic coating, resulting in an extremely lightweight dish, impervious to thermal and mechanical flaws with a smooth, conductive surface. The dish feed mechanism combines deep-space probing technology with internal corrugations to achieve best-in-class impedance matching and a controlled radiation pattern. The combined result is a top-performing ADE (axially displaced ellipse) dish offering highly efficient tracking precision and very low side lobes.
The MT-BB100 MKIII is compliant with the most demanding standards, as required by Anatel, Intelsat and Eutelsat. (*Pending approval; previous models have been approved.)
MT Delivers IBS for Royal Huisman's First Flybridge Sailing Yacht
When Royal Huisman was contracted to design and build a high-performance sailing yacht with all the comforts and amenities of a motoryacht, they knew they had embarked on something truly special. The owners knew exactly what they wanted from what would be Royal Huisman's first flybridge sailing yacht, especially when it came to design and onboard technologies. Radio Holland was contracted to deliver the 189-foot (57.5 m) vessel's navigation and communication package. When designing the bridge system, the owners decided to use multi-function workstations with all applications installed locally on each workstation instead of via the standard server-client arrangement. This unusual arrangment was chosen to improve reliability while saving space as much less hardware is required. Radio Holland was contracted to deliver the navigation and communication package for the vessel. Radio Holland then contacted Marine Technologies with an offer to collaborate on this special project. MT was chosen because they are the only company that can deliver an architecture based on "multi-masters" for their bridge systems. MT's role in the partnership was to supply the core system and oversee the integration of the system. Radio Holland supplied the monitors, glass panels and all sensors and reference systems, with the exception of the radar transceivers.
Marine Technologies customized a conning display with three different pages - autopilot, dynamic positioning (DP) and track steering. The display also indicates the position of the vessel's centreboard as well as standard applications including ARPA radar and ECDIS. An automation system controlling the onboard entertainment and CCTV systems from Royal Huisman was also integrated.
MT also provided a DP system, enabling the vessel to maintain a given position and/or heading. The DP system allows the vessel operator to follow a pre-defined track or elegantly dock the vessel with the use of a simple joystick or a pre-programmed approach. The dynamic positioning application is integrated into the IBS and available on eight workstations, offering a highly redundant solution and alleviating the need for an additional stand-alone workstation.
In addition, a DNV-approved heading control system (HCS) was installed, enabling operation of the autopilot and track control from all workstations. The HCS provides much more detailed information than a traditional autopilot, including status of propellers, thrusters and rudders; along-ship and athward speed; and data from gyros, anemometers and DGPSs. The system also allows the user to set alarms for these readings.
MT is currently outfitting a 220-foot (67 m) motoryacht at Feadships De Vries shipyard in the Netherlands.
Bridge Mate Total Thruster Control System
Marine Technologies has developed a total Thruster Control System based upon the well-proven DP technology both for software and hardware:
- Triple redundant controller unit and operator stations
- Interface unit consists of independent stand alone units that interface various types of propellers, thrusters and rudders
- Interface units can be placed close to equipment to be interfaced and connected to a dual redundant network
MT BB100 Marine Satellite Antenna Receives Brazilian Anatel Approval
Marine Technologies (MT) is pleased to announce that its third generation BB100 marine-stabilized satellite antenna has been approved for use in Brazilian waters by the Brazilian federal communication agency, Anatel.
Marine Technologies joins the ranks of Seatel, Orbit and Schlumberger as one of just four manufacturers in the world to receive the coveted approval for use of one-meter class marine-stabilized satellite antennas in Brazilian waters. At least six other manufacturers of similar antennas have failed to meet approval.
The endorsement by Anatel was accomplished in record time and on the first attempt. MT's BB100 antenna is the only two-axis antenna on the market to achieve this status.
"Achieving Anatel certification means that this antenna is one of the best one-meter antennas in the world," stated Federico Zarghetta, MT antenna design engineer. "We can now ask for type approval from any satellite operator on the planet without limitations on transmit power."
The MT BB100, with its carbon fiber reflector and structure, is the lightest one-meter antenna available, weighing in at 55 kg (121 lb). Not only is the antenna easy to install, but it also boasts the simplest mechanical design of all one-meter antennas. The BB100's advanced inertial measurement unit and navigational computer are state of the art and micro in size compared to its competitors. Its antenna remote control unit incorporates Commercially available Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components with a user-friendly interface requiring no custom software. If you can use a web browser, you already know how to use the BB100 control system interface. The BB100 will be installed on all Edison Chouest Offshore companies' vessels bound for Brazilian waters.
New Contract for MT at Turkish Yard
Marine Technologies recently signed contracts for supplying integrated bridge, dynamic positioning and communication systems for Aksoy Shipping Group for a new 246-ft (75 m) PSV featuring a moon pool, large deck crane and accommodation for 60 persons.
Memhet Aksoy, owner of the vessel and shipyard in Gelibolu, Turkey, stated, "In order for us to be competitive in the offshore sector, our vessels must be in the forefront with respect to quality of workmanship and technological solutions. The integrated bridge (IBS) and Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems from MT are the most innovative and functional solutions in the market, whilst at the same time having an impressive track record. Integrated with their VSAT communication solution, an operation and maintenance concept with extensive remote monitoring and diagnostics possibilities will be enabled. For the yard, this means increased cost efficiency through reduced installation as well as commissioning time. As a ship owner this ensures that we will have a very competitive and reliable vessel to offer to our potential clients, with user friendly and robust solutions for the operating crew."
Frode Klepsvik, VP and Business Development Manager, Marine Technologies, added, "MT is very satisfied that Aksoy has chosen our solutions for this project. With Aksoy's strict requirements to robust and cost-efficient solutions, this proves that MT's products and services are relevant and competitive. The project also represents a milestone for MT's efforts in the Turkish market, and we are confident that this will pave the way for additional business opportunities in the region."
Ole M. Husøy, Sales and Design, Marine Technologies, described the project, "The solutions chosen by Aksoy include a full integration of the IBS, DP and satellite communication technologies from MT. As such, this project is representative of the most comprehensive installations that MT does. We are both very happy and humble for the trust that Aksoy have shown in us placing the order for such a complex and complete package with us, and will make sure that we meet the requirements and the expectations."
C-Comm BB90 MKII Antenna Provides Complete Remote Accessibility
Featuring lightweight carbon fiber construction, the new C-Comm™ BB90 MKII antenna offers complete remote accessibility and faster satellite tracking:
- Lightweight, carbon fiber construction
- Complete remote accessibility
- Faster satellite tracking
- Cross-platform compatibility
- Ability to work with SCPC, TDMA, CDMA and Spread Spectrum systems
- Dual antenna solution with software-managed switch box
- Compliance with OpenAMIP