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Furuno introduces new ECDIS series

Furuno has introduced its new FMD3x00 series of ECDIS systems which it says has been developed based on the insights of commercial navigators.

The FMD3x00 uses a task-based Graphical User Interface and incorporates an “InstantAccess Bar” to make features accessible. The chart redraw is instantaneous when panning and zooming, and a new spilt screen mode allows for chart display at different scales on the same screen. The equipment can be networked with Furuno’s FAR2xx7 Radars for target overlay, TTM, route and waypoint display on the Radar screen.

Furuno says that its FMD3x00 ECDIS allows for up to five profiles to be customised by individual watchkeepers. A playback function allows the bridge team to replay a voyage for training or review purposes. Furthermore, a customisable conning display may be utilised by connecting an additional monitor.

In this series, the FMD3200 includes a 19” LCD display, while the FMD3300 has a 23” LCD display. Also available is the FMD3200BB, which is a Black Box version that allows you to connect virtually any size monitor.

The FMD series ECDIS is fully type approved with existing MU201CE and MU231CE monitors.

The systems are delivered pre-loaded with official NOAA S57 ENC and IENC Inland Waterways Charts.

IMO (International Maritime Organization) regulations already require ECDIS on certain newly built passenger vessels and tankers. New cargo vessels will be required to fit ECDIS no later than July 1st, 2014. Existing ships will begin to be affected by these regulations at the same time, with final fitting dates scheduled for 2018-2019.

Furuno says that it has already sold more than 5,000 ECDIS units worldwide. To design the FMD3x00, its engineers worked with a focus group comprising experienced commercial navigators to identify what features were essential, which functions weren’t necessary, and how to make electronic navigation more efficient.

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