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Monday, October 19, 2020 

The 'Raven INS' bridge solution developed by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), which has already received a number of orders, has been type-approved by DNV GL in accordance with the latest standards.

The bridge system allows for simpler and more flexible use and provides improved operational reliability and a platform for the future digital and green revolution at sea. The type approval is said to be the first for a bridge solution where an integrated application has been developed for the bridge instead of combining different pieces of software.

Johannes Tveit, EVP of NES, said: "Raven INS integrates the various tasks 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 optional integrated operator’s chair to make the operations more convenient. It compares to how people used to have a calculator, a photo album and a phone book, while all of these functions are now combined in their smartphone."

"We can tailor the bridge to suit the type of vessel and the operations to be carried out. You can also simply switch between different operations at the touch of a button, whether you are on a transport leg, approaching port or lying stationary, for example beside a wind farm," said Svein Ove Farstad, NES GM Sales and Marketing. "Raven INS provides multiple redundancy. If a monitor or computer fails, others will take over any vital function."

The system is designed to ensure adaptability to future requirements and needs, and is ready for additional functions to be added, such as engine alarm monitoring, thruster control and dynamic positioning, or smaller systems such as navigation light controls. The network solution means that Raven INS is ready to interact with shore on data capture and remote monitoring.

"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," said Tveit.

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