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Integrated Marine automation system, K-Chief 600

K-Chief 600

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Configurable to individual requirements

The K-Chief 600 marine automation system is a substantially upgraded and extended version of the K-Chief 500 marine automation system. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of shipyards and ship owners and is configurable from 16 to 20 000 channels. Modular design based on standard modules allows us to configure the system to individual requirements, covering the whole range from low complexity alarm systems to highly integrated alarm and monitoring systems with advanced process control and power management. Different selections of these modules are used to configure each individual system to fit exactly to the requirements.

The K-Chief 600 is decentralised for safety and ease of installation, but operation is centralised using the Operator Stations.

Each I/O module has a specific role and is configured to match the operational requirements of the specific process area. Due to this flexible architecture, the K-Chief 600 system can connect additional I/O modules in the network at any time. This may be done to control new process areas, or to extend the functionality.

Our new enhanced human machine interfaces (HMI) and open system architecture provide the highest standard in quality and functionality, making it the first choice for quality conscious ship owners and operators.

Fully compliant

Typical K-Chief 600 Vessel performance process diagram.
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Process view diagram.
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Main engine diagram.
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The K-Chief 600 marine automation system complies with the requirements of IMO, local maritime authorities, IACS, and the classification societies. It is designed to meet the classification societies requirements for periodically unmanned engine room operation. The system confirms to all rules and regulations, and all modules are type approved.

Economical and ecological benefits

Our vessel performance concept provides a set of tools that enables ship owners and operators to manage their vessels in ways that are more economical and ecologically beneficial, without violating safety regulations, and is part of KONGSBERG's Green Ship Strategy.

Engine Performance Monitoring

This module is designed to give the operator instantaneous status of the engines' operational performance.

By advanced cylinder pressure measurements, subsequent analysis of the combustion process offers diagnosis algorithms based on empirical results and physical models. The module gives engine status and hints based on expert advices. Changing of fuel quality is a challenge, to which the analysis tool provides a detailed guide for adjustments and tuning of the engines.

The emission of CO2, NOX and SOX is calculated based on combustion process analysis, torque measurements, fuel quality and fuel consumption.

The system normally equip the main engine with fixed (on-line) combustion pressure sensors, while a portable (off-line) combustion pressure sensor is employed for each auxiliary engine.

Benefits of engine performance monitoring

  • Reduction of fuel consumption
  • Monitoring of cylinder load
  • Calculation of CO2, NOX and SOX
  • Reduction of maintenance costs and improved planning of maintenance
  • Reduced risk for engine damage

For most ship types and applications

The system is based on our unified automation concept, where each ship configuration is built up using standard modules communicating on CAN- and local area networks. The main purpose of the system is to give ship's officers all the basic alarms and status information they require in order to maintain safe and efficient operation of the machinery and other relevant equipment.

Ship types

Meets the safety and reliability requirements of standard merchant vessels including:

  • Cargo, bulk & RO-RO
  • Container ships
  • Ferries & ROPAX
  • Fishing & coastal vessels
  • Research and survey vessels
  • Tankers

Typical usage include

  • Alarm and monitoring system
  • Auxiliary control
  • Ballast automation
  • Cargo automation and control
  • Fire system
  • Heating ventilation and air conditioning
  • Management support
  • Power management
  • Propulsion control
  • Reefer monitoring
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