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SeaGuard differs from conventional radar by using a very high-resolution solid state transceiver which can scan for targets almost simultaneously across six different frequencies, result- ing in improved ‘clutter’ correction and better performance, especially in bad weather.

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SeaGuard High Res Radar

Sperry Marine unveiled SeaGuard, a correction and much better performance, that using it as main navigation radar high-resolution radar system designed to especially in bad weather, according to would prohibit the use of some pro? les

Originally developed deliver a higher standard in navigational the manufacturer. SeaGuard can support which are currently in place for tasks like awareness for operators of very large navigators when maneuvering in con- search and rescue.” To help navigators for naval use, SeaGuard cruise ships. Originally developed for gested ports and harbors and can also as- keep a close eye on activity in congest- can enhance situational navy use, the long-tenured marine elec- sist with search and rescue in the event of ed waters or quickly begin a search and tronics maker has already bagged a sig- a casualty involving passengers or crew. rescue operation, Sperry Marine has de- awareness in congested nature reference for the system. Accord- “As cruise ships continue to grow in size signed the interface to be as intuitive as waters and improve ing to Pascal Göllnitz, Associate Product and passenger numbers increase, so do possible, with a display and menu struc- search and rescue opera-

Manager, Sperry Marine, SeaGuard the navigational risks they encounter ture very similar to its navigation radar has been installed on Royal Caribbean and operators are more concerned with and ECDIS platforms. tions

Cruise Lines’ Quantum of the Seas. minimizing the risks of collision,” said “While a conventional navigation radar

Originally designed as a naval surveil- Göllnitz. “It’s also a regrettable fact that typically shows large targets, SeaGuard lance radar capable of identifying small cruise ships can be involved in searching is designed to focus on and distinguish targets in water, SeaGuard differs from for people lost overboard. It is no exag- small targets in the water that a navigator conventional radar by providing very geration to say that being able to quickly normally wouldn’t choose to see,” adds high resolution in a solid state trans- identify and retrieve people from the wa- Göllnitz. ceiver which can scan for targets almost ter can be a life saver.” While cruise is a prime target for the simultaneously across six different fre- SeaGuard is intended as an auxiliary SeaGuard system, Göllnitz said there are quencies. “We originally designed the system for use in speci? c operational additional ares of interest. “Cruise is the surveillance radar software with a high- conditions, providing an additional layer big focus and see a huge market potential end solid state doppler transceiver which of situational awareness. “The trans- in the cruise sector for SeaGuard; this can do air and surface surveillance,” said ceiver can meet and exceed the IMO per- is a sector that can adopt military level

Göllnitz. “This system, together with an formance requirement and we may con- technology for civilian applications. Re- additional set of naval features, has been sider putting it through the type approval quests are coming from a variety of dif- installed on an Offshore Patrol Vessel for process at a later stage,” said Göllnitz. ferent areas other than cruise including the Chilean Navy.” “Currently we are focused on provid- offshore and ? shery as well as for criti-

Substituting the conventional magne- ing versatile features and pro? les for a cal infrastructure protection and coastal tron receiver delivers improved ‘clutter’ variety of applications. It’s to be noted security segments and law enforcement.” 42 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MARCH 2019

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