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Danelec enters ECDIS market

Danelec Marine has introduced its new ECDIS platform, which features the company's SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology for shipboard service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The SWAP technology, initially applied in Danelec’s Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), allows all programs, application software, configuration files, cartography, routes and other data to be stored directly onto a 16 GB memory card, which can be removed from the ECDIS unit and inserted into a replacement unit onboard the ship.

This allows the new ECDIS to be up and running within minutes with the user’s existing information, and the old unit can be taken off the ship for repair.

The new ECDIS also incorporates new Linux-based application software and ruggedised low-power LED display monitors. The system is designed around a custom-built computer which has been built for the marine environment.

The user interface has been designed to have a maximum menu depth of three levels, including the main and sub-menus, which should effectively mean that all important functions, such as route planning or modification, can be accessed with three clicks.

Danelec says it will also offer a range of online, classroom and on board training options to meet the requirements for type-specific familiarisation.

“We have designed and built the new ECDIS platform to meet the same quality, dependability, robustness and serviceability we pioneered with our VDRs, which have set a new standard for the maritime industry,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.

“Together, the new ECDIS platform and our DM100 VDR systems provide an unbeatable combination of integrated e-navigation and ship-to-shore data connectivity for enhanced safety and efficiency in ship operations.”

In related news, Danelec Marine and Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, have teamed up to create worldwide standardised pricing for the installation of Danelec Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified VDRs (S-VDRs).

Under the agreement, Radio Holland’s global network of service stations will perform VDR installations under a fixed-price arrangement, including labour and expenses. The installation pricing covers Danelec VDRs and S-VDRs for retrofits and newbuilds.

Danelec says it has developed a series of conversion kits with pre-drilled adaptor plates, and serial, digital and analogue interfaces, to facilitate swift replacement of existing VDR installations, regardless of make or model.

Danelec Marine and Imtech also have a strategic cooperation initiative for remote access to shipborne VDR data. Under this programme, Danelec VDRConnect data can be directly incorporated into Radio Holland’s Global Technical Assistance Center (GTAC).{/mprestriction}

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