BOURBON has ordered dual Navmaster ECDIS for nine IMR (Inspection, Maintenance & Repair) vessels inbuild at Zheijiang shipyard, China. Bourbon's series of 15 platform supply vessels, the Bourbon Liberty 150 series, are being equipped with single ECDIS at the same yard. Operating a fleet of 458 vessels, Bourbon is a major player in the offshore marine services market.
Njord Offshore's newbuild 21m crew transfer vessels are fitted with single Navmaster ECDIS. Designed, surveyed and classed to DNV + IAI HSLC R2 Wind Farm Service 1 notation, Njord's fleet is also operated voluntarily under the ISM Code.
VietsovPetro's Marine Transport & Diving Services Division has 4 vessels with Navmaster ECDIS and the rest with ECS. The fleet of 17 specialized vessels handles large-size cargoes, towing, diving and rescue, ensuring efficient delivery of offshore services for petroleum production in the White Tiger and Dragon fields.
Topaz Azerbaijan vessel Caspian Protector, a 61m emergency recovery and response vessel, is fitted with dual Navmaster ECDIS. Caspian Protector is assisting in the safekeeping of workers on various oil production platforms in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.
Maersk Training Centre in Newcastle has a Navmaster ECDIS for Training network interfaced with a desktop ship simulator to deliver approved generic ECDIS training and to give delegates a real-life simulation of a navigational watch.
15 field support vessels operated by Vroon Offshore Services are equipped with single Navmaster ECDIS. Vroon Offshore is a major provider of emergency response and rescue services to the offshore oil and gas industry in the North Sea.
OSG Ship Management chose Navmaster ECDIS after a six-month onboard trial and competitive bidding process. OSG Greece followed and 45 ships are equipped, comprising VLCCs, Suezmax, Aframax and Panamax vessels. OSG also equipped their Manila training centre with a 7-user network, and have a Navmaster Office network as a multi-purpose management tool.
Nine tankers and handysize bulk carriers managed by Wallem for Hansa Treuhand and Vogemann took a partial step to ECDIS in 2009 by purchasing Navmaster ECDIS software in type-approved PCs with off-the-shelf monitors, keeping costs down yet gaining ECDIS benefits. It is easy to substitute type approved ECDIS monitors later.
TransOcean's offshore oil exploration vessel RV Joides Resolution used Navmaster ECS for two years and based on this experience specified Navmaster dual ECDIS for the vessel's major refit in Singapore. Joides Resolution is now operating off the Pacific coast of the USA.
Topaz MENA, a leading offshore vessel owner and DP/ROV/CLV operator, selected Navmaster ECDIS as their fleet choice. Newbuild AHTS Topaz Jumeirah was the first to be fitted, followed by existing vessels Team Oman and Team Muscat and further newbuilds, totalling 23 so far. The company is doubling its fleet size in five years.
Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz at Terschelling purchased Navmaster ECDIS for Training to deliver efficient classroom training in the operational use of ECDIS. Their large network installation allows them to take classes of 24 students at once, making the teaching process less time-consuming.
Whitaker Tankers, specialists in refuelling for coastal and short sea transportation, have adopted Navmaster ECS as their fleet standard. Of particular interest was the Navmaster Type-Specific Training Course which assisted Whitaker with tanker inspections.
Irish Ferries' vessel Isle of Inishmore has had her previous ECDIS replaced with Navmaster ECDIS. The modular design of the Navmaster ECDIS components made it easy to replace an existing system. Irish Ferries is Ireland's largest ferry company.
Scotline's specialised timber carrier Scot Mariner is fitted with Navmaster ECDIS and currently maintaining a regular route between Varberg in Sweden and the Irish ports of Wicklow, Belfast and Cork. Timber liner operators Scotline own eight out of a fleet of ten modern box hold vessels.
Ro-ro shipment specialist Cobelfret, which operates regular freight ferry services between Dartford and two of Europe's most strategically placed ports Zeebrugge and Vlissingen, purchased Navmaster with ENC charts to install onboard the ex-Dart Line vessels Serpentine and Aquiline.
Operators of workboats for marine civil engineering & dredging support, Holyhead Towing are steadily replacing previous chart systems on existing vessels and specifying Navmaster for newbuilds. To date 11 workboats are equipped with Navmaster.
Managers of the Cobelfret ro-ro ferry fleet EuroShip Services chose to install Navmaster throughout their fleet of nine ships in 2001 following extensive trials of 5 different chart systems. Initially supplied with Admiralty ARCS charts, the vessels are now navigating with official ENC charts.
Operators of lifeline ferries providing passenger, vehicle and shipping services to the Islands off the West Coast of Scotland, CalMac Ferries specify Navmaster for all their larger passenger ferries. Currently 12 CalMac ferries use Navmaster.
V Ships managed 97,000 tonne bulk carriers MV Yeoman Bontrup and MV Yeoman Bridge have Navmaster as their navigation system, and recently self-discharging aggregate carrier MV Yeoman Bank was fitted together with repeater monitors at the bridge wings.
Offshore Marine Contractors specialises in rig moves for the North Sea oil and gas industries. Six of their vessels use Navmaster for accurate monitoring of position when towing very large installations.
Passenger ferries Stena Europe and Stena Caledonia operated by Stena Line used Navmaster ECS as an aid to navigation for several years and have now upgraded their installations to type-approved ECDIS.