Maersk Line to retrofit containership fleet with Danelec Marine VDRs
Danelec Marine has announced that Maersk Line is to retrofit 100 of its vessels with Danelec DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs).
Launched last year, the DM100 VDR and S-VDR incorporate the company’s SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology for shipboard service, and VDRConnect, which enables selective remote download of VDR datasets from shoreside offices.
“The fleet retrofit programme will take advantage of our newly developed conversion kits, which we designed to facilitate replacement of older models of VDRs and S-VDRs,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine.
“Some of these older products are 10 or more years old and are nearing the end of their service life. With the Danelec solid, safe and simple solution, Maersk is upgrading its ships to the latest state-of-the-art VDR technology meeting the new IMO standard.”
The conversion kits, launched by Danelec earlier this month, include a range of adapter plates with pre-drilled bolt holes, as well as serial, digital and analogue interfaces for older VDR brands. Danelec says this will facilitate the straightforward replacement of bridge data units, microphones, memory capsules and other components, while reusing all existing interfaces, cabling and adapters.
Mr Ottosen said that work had already begun on the retrofit operation, with the project expected to be completed in 2016.