Danelec unveils new VDR

The new VDR features SWAP technology meaning the memory card holding the data can be easily removed and placed in a new Unit The new VDR features SWAP technology meaning the memory card holding the data can be easily removed and placed in a new Unit
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Denmark-based Danelec Marine is launching its third generation Voyage Data Recorder (VDR), built around an entirely new ‘concept’ to help vessel owners save time and cut costs, it told Maritime Journal.

The new VDR has been developed in response to customer demand, and while it’s initially aimed for vessels of 3,000 tonnes of over, “the new VDR platform will also be available as a Light Voyage Data Recorder (L-VDR)”, Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec told MJ.

Danelec’s L-VDRs are intended for all marine companies not required by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations to implement a VDR, but looking to responsibly document a vessel’s voyage-related data to enhance safety through connections to the bridge alarm unit and bridge microphones.

“The VDR is a complex piece of equipment to service and there’s an enormous amount of work that goes into configuring this and all the other equipment onboard the vessel,” Mr Ottosen explained.

“So, we looked at what we’ve learned over the past 10 years to see if we could find another way of handling this,” he added.

As a result, Danelec told MJ it’s taken a new approach to servicing marine electronics. Instead of having a technician come onboard a vessel to find the root of the problem and then solve it, the memory card holding the programme and configuration data can be removed from the Data Acquisition Unit, which is then taken to a repair centre elsewhere.

The company’s L-VDRs are already in use on vessels worldwide, and were recently installed onboard German-based Harms Bergung’s anchor handling tugs. 

Production of the new VDR begins this month.

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