Unique integrated control solution joins extensive product portfolio for offshore
Kongsberg Maritime's K-Master integrated aft bridge workstation will be shown
to the offshore industry at the forthcoming Offshore Europe exhibition in Aberdeen,
8th - 11th September 2009. Alongside this new system, Kongsberg
Maritime will also highlight its product portfolio for offshore vessels, which includes
the VMM 200, a unique new Vessel Motion Monitoring solution.
K-Master is an exciting new integrated aft bridge workstation, which in an industry first combines navigation, control and manoeuvring as well as machinery automation functions in one sophisticated solution.
K-Master, which was unveiled at Nor-Shipping 2009 in June, is an exciting new
integrated aft bridge workstation, which in an industry first combines navigation,
control and manoeuvring as well as machinery automation functions in one sophisticated
solution. It provides access to all major control systems through a unique, ergonomic
design that significantly improves the safety and efficiency of offshore operations.
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. The operator sits in
a comfortable, high quality chair enabling him to operate within easy reach interactive
interfaces for: Dynamic Positioning (DP), independent DP joystick, manual thrust
control, vessel automation, central bridge alarm system, chart radar, conning display
and communication devices.
"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," says Thor Hukkelås, Chief Engineer and project head
for the K-Master.
The VMM 200, a sophisticated new vessel motion monitoring solution from Kongsberg
Seatex, is set to improve the safety and efficiency of offshore operations. It actively
monitors a vessel's motion in 6-degrees-of-freedom and is a critical decision support
tool for marine operations such as: Light well intervention, offshore crane operations,
module handling on deck and over moon-pool, and launch & recovery of ROVs.
The VMM 200 takes input from Kongsberg Seatex's own Motion Reference Units (MRU).
It also integrates data from existing navigation and weather sensors and can also
be delivered with an interface to wave radar. Many vessels already have the majority
of these sensors onboard and the VMM is able to combine their data to ensure that
an accurate representation of a vessel's motion at various points can be presented
within its user-friendly interface.
"By combining the MRU, navigation and meteorological sensor input, the VMM 200
enables the user to monitor the motion of any user defined point of interest on
the vessel. The system will give alarms and warnings when the motion level exceeds
user-defined limits," comments Product Manager, Finn Otto Sanne, Kongsberg Seatex.
"The vessel motion data supplied by the VMM 200 has never been available before
in such a dedicated and accurate format."
To find out more about these safety and efficiency enhancing solutions for offshore
vessels and Kongsberg Maritime's entire offshore solutions portfolio, visit the
company on stand 416 at Offshore Europe 2009.