S G Brown Launches Lightweight Marine VDR

A lightweight Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) has been launched by the S G Brown Division of TSS (U.K.) Ltd. which is part of the Vosper Thorny croft group.

The new VDR is reportedly the lightest and most compact VDR on the market. Its design has set a new standard for the industry and is expected to prove particularly attractive to fast ferry operators and owners of smaller ships subject to the new IMO regulations.

Despite its compact size, the Ocean 2000 VDR offers the same range of benefits and performance specifications as the standard (larger) Ocean 3000 VDR launched by S G Brown earlier this year.

It is fully compliant with IMO resolution A86K20) and the revised SOLAS regulations that came into force on July 1. It features a central data hub with optional flat screen display which will enable the VDR to be accommodated more easily on vessels where space may be limited.

The new VDR interfaces with the full spectrum of bridge, navigation and engine room equipment aboard the ship and contains two 20Gb removable hard drives that provide a huge storage capacity capable of recording data continuously for up to four months. The Ocean 2000 is supplied with a Hardened Voyage Recorder (HVR) capsule. This contains a 1.5 GB solid state memory that automatically retains the last 12 hours of voyage data in a protective capsule within the HVR. It is fitted with an underwater locator beacon that remains active for 30 days at depths down to 6,000 m so that the capsule can be recovered by divers or by remotely operated vehicle in the event of a sinking. Operators can install a float-free capsule if they prefer.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 13,  Jan 2002

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