Norcontrol Offers Brochures On Navigation/Instrumentation Line Marketed In U.S. By Nav-Control
The Norcontrol Division of A/S Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk in Norway has restructured its U.S. operations. Nav-Control, Inc. of Halesite, N.Y., has been appointed authorized agent for its navigation/instrumentation line of products. Nav- Control will also administer certain projects and in-process contracts on behalf of Norcontrol, which will fully honor all such outstanding commitments. Dennis Hogan, who was formerly Kongsberg North America's sales manager for Norcontrol products, has been named president of Nav-Control, Inc. His experience and capabilities will continue to be available to Norcontrol. This arrangement will enable the company to continue to serve the needs of its customers promptly and effectively, and will strengthen Norcontrol's activities in the U.S.
Free brochures and other literature describing each product in detail are now available. Circle the appropriate number (or numbers), appearing below each description, on the reader service card in the back of this issue.
• DataBridge-7 Radar Navigation and ARPA System—In addition to containing explanatory text with il- lustrations, this impressive brochure unfolds to reveal a large reproduction of the DataBridge-7 ARPA console. One of the major breakthroughs in modern navigation has been the development of the automatic plotting aid (ARPA), and now at the touch of a switch, an officer can insure accurate and automatic plotting and logging through the additional features provided for the system. The main innovation has focused on extending the system's unique radar map overlay functions by adding unlimited storage capacity, an X/Y track plotter, and datalogger. Another optional feature allows radar maps to be stabilized with the aid of navigation data where fixed points for radar tracking are missing. Norcontrol's DataBridge-7 is a third-generation ARPA that acquires and tracks up to 50 radar targets and continuously displays collision avoidance data on the most threatening 20. It will sound a collision-warning alarm whenever any of these targets exceed user-specified values for closest point of approach and time to closest point of approach. As a collision- avoidance system, DataBridge- 7 meets or exceeds IMO recommendations and USCG and Maritime Administration standards.
• DataChief-7 Monitoring and Control System—This eight-page color publication explains that the chief function of DataChief is to monitor the running condition of the ship's main propulsion machinery. In addition, the system monitors the main machinery's secondary parameters and controls motors, pumps, etc., to ensure optimum running efficiency. The DataChief-7 is based on microprocessor technology and satisfies the classification societies' requirements for unmanned operation of engine rooms for both diesel and steam-turbine ships. A ring data highway links a number of dedicated distributed microprocessors to a central control station, with the choice of local or central readout facilities. Standardized modules together with the ring data highway minimizes the possibility of system failure and ensures a high degree of redundancy without the need for extra components. Full system control is achieved from one or more operator stations via a variety of displays and functional keyboards. • Tank Level & Draught Gauging for Ship and Offshore—The demands for quick loading and discharging of cargo reduce the time available for efficient cargo planning and safety precautions. This eight-page color brochure explains that Norcontrol's cargo handling systems provide continual and accurate information on level measurement for cargo ballast and fuel tanks, on-line assessment of ship stability, vessel list and trim, hull sheer force and bending moment, etc., as well as providing cargo reports including damage stability.
These systems were first introduced in 1971 and have been installed onboard tankers, bulk carriers and RO/RO-container ships.
• Vessel Traffic Management Systems—Norcontrol's vessel traffic management systems significantly reduce the risk of ship collisions with offshore oil and gas installations, both on the surface and subsea, according to this 12-page color brochure on vessel traffic management for coasts and ports. The traffic surveillance system provides the operator with a detailed presentation of the traffic situation within the actual surveillance area together with continuous information on all vessels' positions, course, speed, range and bearing. Surveillance of traffic is undertaken centrally and the system may be tailor-made for offshore production fields, harbor areas and critical channels. It is based upon signals from a virtually unlimited number of radars, and the traffic situation thus detected is presented on the operator's console together with programmed information such as subsea installations, traffic lanes, boundary lines, anchoring areas, etc., and speed and course vectors for moving targets. All data concerning target movements may be recorded for later playback. Extensive warning func- tions are programmed into the various systems and are activated when certain predefined criteria are violated. • NAVSIM NMS-90 Radar and Navigation Training Simulators— This eight-page pamphlet, which is well illustrated with drawings and photos of students undergoing training in navigation, explains that simulation provides the solution to developing the ability to navigate a vessel safely and efficiently under all conditions with the highest levels of skill and judgment. The Norcontrol Navigation Simulator can duplicate virtually any ship, any waterway, any environmment and any situation that a deck officer will encounter. Furthermore, all exercises on a simulator are both controllable and repeatable. A typical Norcontrol simulator consists of up to six own ships and an instructor's station that permits the instructor to create and control all aspects of the training exercise. The system can be configured to train students whose experience ranges from maritime cadet to senior captain. Skills ranging from basic radar plotting to Bridge Team training can be effectively taught. With addition of the nocturnal visual system, night pilotage training is available.