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Monday, January 11, 2021 

The wellboat Reisa, recently delivered from Havyard in Norway to Norsk Fisketransport, is the first vessel in the world to boast the Raven INS bridge system developed by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES).

The Raven Integrated Navigation System (INS) is the first to be type approved by DNV GL as a bridge solution where an integrated computer system was developed for the bridge instead of combining different pieces of software. The integrated bridge is said to allow for simpler and more flexible use and provide improved operational reliability and a sound platform for the future digital and green revolution at sea.

Sales & BID Manager Smart Control Svein Ove Farstad said: "Raven INS integrates the different programs for charts, route planning, radar, autopilot, trackpilot etc. into a comprehensive program and a bridge solution with all software and hardware, as well as an integrated operator’s seat. This makes the bridge easier to use and improves operational reliability. The bridge on board Reisa has been tailored for the wellboat and to the specific operations the boat will carry out. You can also simply switch between different operations at the touch of a button, whether you are on a transport leg, lying stationary beside a salmon cage or approaching port. Raven INS provides multiple redundancy. If a monitor or computer fails, others will take over."

Raven INS allows users to easily adapt the monitors and screen layout as needed, while the computer and network based solution improves safety. The computer and network solution ensures adaptability to future requirements and is ready for new functions to be added, such as engine alarm monitoring, thruster control and dynamic positioning, or smaller systems such as navigation light controls.

Farstad added: "This is an important element in the development towards increasing automation and autonomous vessels. Raven INS supports enhanced user and operational support. And a digital twin is already part of the system, which allows for remote training where the crew can sit at home with their laptop and receive training."

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