The "Wired" Ship

Saving space and weight onboard any vessel is tantamount to efficient operation and ultimately profitability.

Telenor Fiber, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telenor, last month at SMM introduced a fiber-optic solution for ships and maritime installations, a solution which replaces traditional copper cables and effectively shaves away precious pounds from any ship design.

Based on fiber optics, Telenor Fiber has developed communication solutions, sensors and other components for ships and maritime installations. Along with its subsidiary Safety-One, which has developed and patented the hullmonitoring sensor, Telenor Fiber will increase its efforts in the development and production of optical sensors for structural monitoring and gauging pressure and temperature on ships.

In addition to weight savings, the fiber optic solution is anticipated to enhance safety as it can be installed in areas where the danger of explosion is greatest without undue risk or additional expense. Along with the hull monitoring systems, the ship's personnel will also be able to register stresses on the hull and symptoms of metal fatigue.

Norway's Navion has installed a fiber optic redundant network and hull monitoring sensors on their ship MT Navion Oceania, reportedly the first such installation in the world.

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