Like a pit stop: upgrade bridge systems

- Retrofitting older bridge systems support safe navigation -

When you step on the bridge of a 10-to-15-year-old vessel and look at the navigation equipment, you often will see many single units connected by multiple cables and interfaces.

Navigators on these bridges need to monitor, analyze and operate a lot of inconsistent data and unnecessary alarms. The single units and interfaces on the bridge unnecessarily cause unclear data distribution, hamper safe decision-making and increase the level of stress.

To overcome these issues, Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, introduces Synapsis NX, a new generation of integrated navigation systems. This system serves as the central interface between the human user and the technology. It offers improvement in safety and a more-efficient operation. Ship owners can upgrade to the new technology by retrofitting the old bridge system during regular docking.

“Our experience with the new Synapsis NX system is extremely positive,” said Captain Steve Wall of the U.S.-based ship owner Polar Tankers. “We value the intuitive user interfaces, the functionality as well as the clearness of information provided by the system, empowering our crews to focus on safe navigation without distraction.”

Synapsis NX offers transparent interfacing and central collection and monitoring of sensor data. Consistent distribution and designation of information support a clear situational picture across the system. Intelligent alert management eliminates unnecessary alarms, allowing the crew to concentrate on relevant tasks.

Raytheon Anschütz will complete the retrofit for five ships of Polar Tankers in October 2020. The Polar Tankers operate alongside the U.S. West Coast between California, Hawaii and Alaska, and are therefore subject to stringent environmental and safety regulations. They are among the most modern tankers in the world.

For more information, please visit our productpage: Synapsis NX