We have secured a contract to supply Westfal-Larsen Management AS, Norway,
with our simplified voyage data recorder (S-VDR). The delivery of the fully DnV
type approved S-VDR, including the approved ‘float free’ protected storage unit
(PSU ) and ‘fixed’ PSU options, will provide an extremely flexible solution.
Westfal-Larsen Management AS, which was incorporated in 1996 as the result of
a demerger from Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, currently has eight general cargo/container
carriers, three chemical tankers and one LPG carrier that it manages. Westfal-Larsen
Management has become a resource base for other companies within the Westfal-Larsen
Group, for general management, accounting, operation, technical management of ships,
and new building projects.
Twelve S-VDR systems
Voyage data recorder
Like the black boxes carried on aircraft, voyage data recorders enable
accident investigators to review procedures and instructions in the moments
before an incident and help to identify the cause of any accident.
“Following a successful lunch seminar in Bergen with 10 shipping companies, earlier
this autumn, Westfal-Larsen Management decided to order twelve S-VDRs for the whole
fleet. Already this year we have delivered the first 4 S-VDRs to vessels in the
Far East and the remaining vessels will be delivered in 2006,” says Tom Remman,
It has been planned that the contract will be extend later this year with a fleet
agreement for our S-VDR. Adding to the delivery will enable Westfal-Larsen Management
to meet the requirement that all of its existing cargo vessels above 20.000 gross
tonnage are installed with an S-VDR before dry- docking, after 1st July 2006 and
at the latest, by 1st July 2009. Westfal-Larsen Management plans to use a guided
installation and its crew will attend a training course later this year to prepare
for the change.
Training and reporting
Our simplified voyage data recorder is designed for vessels built before 1st
July 2002 that under IMO regulations are required to retrofit S-VDR equipment. The
system is based on our full voyage data recorder system and provides functionality
for training and reporting in addition to the core remit of incident/accident data
recording. Our type approved fixed or float free protected storage units provide
a choice for different vessel types and configuration. We can also provide a choice
of installation packages, including turnkey installation or guided installation.