Float free storage unit.
In competition with ten international contenders, KONGSBERG has signed fleet
agreements for the supply of simplified voyage data recorders, S-VDR to the entire
fleets of two large shipping companies. China Shipping has ordered S-VDR for 20
vessels with an option for an additional 40, to be formally agreed later. Tehran
based IRISL has ordered S-VDR for their fleet of 34 vessels. In addition the order
includes an S-VDR system for the IRISL training centre in Tehran.
Cost saving installations
Both China Shipping and IRISL have their own installation engineers. The fleet
agreements include training of engineers from both shipping companies. This enables
them to carry out S-VDR installations and commissioning without assistance by KONGSBERG
Fixed or float free storage units
KONGSBERG offers fixed or float free storage units with their S-VDR deliveries.
All the deliveries to China Shipping and IRISL are with float free S-VDR storage
units. The storage units are made by Jotron Electronics, a company well known to
ship owners for their rugged and reliable EPIRB.
S-VDR and EPIRB in one
The KONGSBERG float free storage unit for S-VDR also contains a GPS receiver
and a type approved EPIRB. Ship owners taking advantage of the dual functionality
inherent in the float free storage unit, may decommission the existing EPIRB, as
it in reality becomes obsolete. It is well known that annual survey and battery
replacement every 5 years are part of the routine maintenance for any EPIRB. The
same maintenance applies for the float free S-VDR storage unit. Hence, with S-VDR
and EPIRB in one combined capsule, routine maintenance is the same as for a single