We have developed a new advanced relative position reference system for use in various
applications including vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-FPSO applications, specifically
in the offshore sector. RADius is a short distance reference system designed to
fill the needs specified by the IMO, for DP class 2 vessels.
RADius has been developed based on solid-state technology and features no moving
parts. The system consists of transponders that are installed as targets (platform
/ FPSO), and interrogators that are equipped on the i.e. supply vessel. The system
is capable of providing accurate readings optimized for a signal range of 500m and
below. Close quarters operations such as alongside loading and unloading (with distances
of > 3m) benefit from highly accurate readings and fast propulsion response.
As a standalone system, or interfaced with dynamic positioning or Integrated
Bridge Systems, RADius provides an extremely accurate and responsive aid to loading
and unloading procedures for operations in all weather conditions. Docking and oil
loading procedures are also applications that can take advantage of the RADius system.
”RADius is already undergoing sea-trials on several vessels and platforms in
the North Sea, with feedback being very positive,” says Arne Rinnan, Product Manager.
“It is an accurate product that benefits from low total cost of ownership and we’re
confident that it can do its job easily.”
RADius is an ongoing project and we are currently developing the system with
enhanced functionality and performance. There will be an upgrade program for early
adopters of RADius when the enhancements become available.