Unique new K-Master workstation harmonises critical bridge manoeuvring
Navigation, control and manoeuvring functions
An exciting new integrated aft bridge workstation, which in an industry first
combines navigation, control and manoeuvring functions in one sophisticated solution
takes centre stage on the Kongsberg Maritime stand at Nor-Shipping 2009. The innovative
K-Master provides access to all major control systems through a unique, ergonomic
design that significantly improves the safety and efficiency of manoeuvring operations,
especially for Offshore Support Vessels (OSV).
Improved safety and efficiency
"Aft bridge operators are drowning in the amount of activity and flow of navigational
and ship systems information. K-Master drastically simplifies the processes while
providing secure, optimal bridge awareness for improved safety, and professional,
efficient OSV operation," comments Thor Hukkelås, Chief Engineer and project head
for the K-Master workstation.
Independent operating station
K-Master is a complete and independent operating station designed to meet strict
aft bridge ergonomic considerations regarding the arrangement of working environment,
instrumentation and the operability of the equipment itself. Within easy reach of
the operator, the K-Master workstation includes interactive interfaces for: Dynamic
Positioning (DP), independent DP joystick, manual thrust control, alarm and monitoring/vessel
automation, central bridge alarm system, chart radar, conning display and communication
The true integration between the subsystems also makes it possible to provide
functions across the subsystem boundaries, for instance, for system wide mode control
tailored to the vessel's different types of operation, accessible through a condition
based user interface. Similar concepts can be used for presentation and/or operation
of auxiliary equipment, such as deck lights, window wipers, navigation lights or
Total ship operation
"K-Master consolidates the traditional five or six meter bridge console into
literally one operator's chair, which houses integrated multiple computer consoles
in the arm rests and touch-screens with split-screen interfaces. Total ship operation
takes place from this chair, with the main information displays close to the seated
operator, making the intense nature of ship operation on the aft bridge a more comfortable
and less stressful situation," adds Hukkelås.
The compact K-Master design provides significant potential for efficient and
cost saving installation. K-Master delivers many safety and efficiency enhancing
improvements, including the ergonomic design, new thrusters levers and indicators
as well as new button panels, joystick and tracker ball/pointing device.
"The use of mechanical switches in bridge applications is in decline and touch
control technology is replacing them, except for critical operations. The interface
concept of combining information displays and user interaction touch panels enables
operators to perform key operations on one screen, while viewing pertinent information
on the other," concludes Hukkelås.
The established Kongsberg Maritime K-Bridge already provides a total solution
for the forward bridge, compliant with rules and regulations for nautical safety.
By introducing the new K-Master generation workstations for the aft bridge, Kongsberg
Maritime now offers a complete and holistic solution for the whole bridge, in addition
to fully integrated automation and control solutions, as part of its Full Picture