Norwegian Firm Offers New Control Option For Ship-Handling System

Helitron A / S of Aalesund, Norway, has developed a significant improvement to its well established POSCON range of integrated ship maneuvering systems, a new option called CORC (for Center-of-Rotation Control).

POSCON maneuvering systems provide simpler means of ship handling at zero or low velocities.

The CORC option allows the captain to decide the center of rotation POSCON will use. A simple control commands POSCON to turn the vessel around the bow or stern area, or an intermediate position.

The advantages of CORC have been proven in testing on over 40 vessels equipped with the POSCON system. Fitted with the CORC option, POSCON is even more functional and provides flexible adaptation to specific operational situations.

POSCON has found its application on many types of ships, but the dominant market is twinscrew supply vessels without sternthruster. The system can be installed on new ships or those already in operation. A joystick with two degrees of freedom is used to control thrust from propellers, rudders, and thrusters.

An automatic heading control keeps the vessel at the designated heading.

Sales of POSCON for new ships are handled through Helix A / S in Aalesund, Norway, while retrofits are handled by Helitron direct.

Helitron, a wholly owned subsidiary of the c-p propeller manufacturer A.M. Liaaen A/S, specializes in electronic remote control systems and integrated maneuvering systems.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 33,  Jan 15, 1981

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