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Tidewater in Furuno BNWAS deal

Tidewater Inc, a provider of Offshore Service Vessels to the global energy industry, has agreed a deal with Furuno USA to act as its primary supplier of BNWAS (Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System).

With hundreds of vessels included in the agreement, varying from Platform Supply and Fast Crew Supply Vessels to Offshore Tugs and a variety of other specialty vessels, the companies say that the installation project will take the majority of 2013 to complete.

The Furuno BR500 BNWAS system to be installed is a casualty avoidance system that monitors the watch officer's presence on the bridge. The system will initiate a predetermined sequence of alarms if it senses inactivity on the bridge for a set period of time.

The watch time can be reset using a number of different methods, including operation of either ECDIS or radar with appropriate outputs, pressing a timer reset button, or activating an optional motion sensor during normal bridge activity.

If the OOW (Officer of the Watch) doesn't respond to the alarm, the system transfers the alarm to Cabin Panels installed in other areas of the vessel in order to inform backup officers of the OOW’s incapacity.

Up to twelve Cabin Panels may be installed in these areas using Furuno’s single-cable installation method.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing working relationship with Tidewater by assuring that their vessels remain in IMO compliance with our BNWAS solution,” said Dean Kurutz, Furuno USA marketing manager.

“We feel that our Global Support & Service Network, coupled with our flexible BNWAS architecture, led to Tidewater’s decision to purchase Furuno’s BR500.”

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