Electronics & Computers

Ferry Operator Orders Northrop Grumman Bridge Systems

June 9, 2010

Norway’s Fjord1 Fylkesbaatane will install the Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT navigation electronics on two of its new high-speed passenger ferries.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northrop Grumman Corp. has supplied the integrated bridge systems for two new high-speed passenger ferries for the Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 Fylkesbaatane.

Each of the vessels has been fitted with a complete suite of Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT navigation electronics, including radars, electronic chart display and information system, autopilot, gyrocompass, DGPS, speed log, and other sensors. The system components are connected via an Ethernet network to provide a fully integrated picture for the bridge watchstanders on multifunction workstations.

The suites were installed by the company Sigurd Solberg AS, Floro, Norway. The 38-meter carbon-fiber composite catamarans built by Brodrene Aa shipyard in Hyen, Norway, are designed for 300 passengers with a service speed of 32-34 knots. Fjord1 is placing the ships into service on its ferry routes connecting ports along Norway's rugged west coast.

"The Sperry Marine IBS for the Fjord1 ferries are fully type approved to comply with International Maritime Organization high-speed code," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, Vice President of Naval Systems International at Northrop Grumman's Naval and Marine Systems Division.

Northrop Grumman's Naval and Marine Systems Division, headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, UK and Hamburg, Germany, provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry, with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries, and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.

About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Corp. is a leading global security company, whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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