Ship Protection System for Alphatron Marine - 09/03/2011
FarSounder, USA, is pleased to announce the sale of their Ship Protection System (SPS) to Alphatron Marine, The Netherlands. The system will be installed on a luxury super-yacht being custom-built at a Dutch shipyard. The system is designed to provide underwater threat protection while at anchor or at the dock as well as forward looking, obstacle avoidance sonar capabilities while underway.
FarSounder's SPS can automatically detect, track, and classify underwater threats such as divers, mini-subs, and diver delivery vehicles. A long range, 360º coverage zone around the vessel is achieved with multiple solid state sensors strategically embedded into the hull. The use of fixed sensor installation allows the vessel to detect threats from any direction while offering a Zero Time to Deploy, Zero Time to Secure capability. It is no longer required to deploy a system with an unsightly crane or to build a large diameter sea chest to hold a complicated hoist system. This means that if a threat is seen approaching, the vessel has time to react. Defensive manoeuvres may be as simple as hoisting the anchor to leave.
When underway the system can also be used in a navigation mode. In this mode, system capabilities parallel that of the FS-3ER with detection range out to ½ nautical mile. FarSounder's proven 3D forward-looking sonar systems provide the ultimate in obstacle avoidance capabilities. The system, to be used at both popular and remote locations around the world, will add an additional level of protection to the yacht owner's family, friends, and crew, as well as the yacht itself and assets on board.
FarSounder's technology has been optimised for challenging, shallow-water environments. Their algorithms can differentiate between divers, marine mammals and other benign objects with minimal false alarms. The software display offers electronic chart overlays and includes automated alarms.
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FarSounder's technical team, under the direction of Matthew Zimmerman, VP of Engineering, is leading the integration and customisation for this yacht customer. Alphatron's team includes Nathalie Ottenheijm, division manager Yachting, and Ger Kreuze, senior project manager, who will be leading the engineering process on Alphatron's side as well as installation, testing and commissioning.