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Integrated bridges for new Crowley ships

Crowley Maritime Corporation has installed new integrated bridge systems (IBS), designed and delivered in cooperation with Mackay Communications and shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, onboard two vessels, El Coquí and her sister-ship Taíno.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}El Coquí entered service in late July 2018 as one of the world’s first LNG-fuelled ConRo vessels (combined container & roll-on roll-off). Taíno was launched at VT Halter’s Mississippi shipyard in December 2017, and is currently undergoing final construction and testing in preparation to enter into service later in 2018.

The bridge system includes communication and navigation electronic equipment integrated into 13 system consoles, with the console units designed by Mackay using CAD (computer-aided design) to meet Crowley’s specifications and DNV GL’s NAUT-OC standards. The integrated system was outfitted and pre-wired by Mackay’s project department from Houston, Texas.

Additional electronics provided include CCTV for security and asset tracking, IP telephone systems, LAN (local-area-network), and a UHF radio system.

In related news, Crowley Maritime subsidiary Jensen Maritime reports that it has completed a pilot project with ABS using 3D CAD models to support the class design review process.

The joint project, focused on tug and barge designs, used a 3D model environment that integrates with ABS classification processes, eliminating the requirement to create 2D drawings for design review. The 3D models can be developed using all major CAD modelling software, ABS says.

“Being able to send our 3D models directly to ABS for engineering review saves us time and resources that are currently used to develop 2D drawings,” said Crowley Maritime vice president of engineering services, Jay Edgar.

“ABS’ CAD agnostic approach is an important factor in this process because it allows us to use the modelling program that best fits our needs for a given project.”{/mprestriction}

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