Radio Holland's Datamation: A Complete Integrated Ship Management System
—Free Literature Available— Radio Holland USA, Houston, Texas, part of the Radio Holland Group, offers a full package of service and support to the shipping industry. This also means that Radio Holland helps to ensure optimal, efficient and safe navigation. With the introduction of Datamation, an integrated management system, the Radio Holland Group has provided shipping with a bridge of the future.
From this fully integrated bridge, it is possible for one navigator to control and operate all the nautical and technical equipment on board. The Datamation bridge interfaces various components used in navigation, control and communication. In other words, Datamation is a total system enabling the navigator to interfere in the vital functions of all the navigation and engine room equipment on board. The navigator can operate the internal and external communication systems on board.
With dual construction, two navigators can, if desired, carry out the same activities on both sides of the ship's control module.
The Datamation system is primarily set up from the main groups, navigation, communication, engine room control and cargo and ballast control.
The system interfaces equipment of most leading manufacturers to form one whole entity.
In addition to the advantages of universal interfacing and man-power savings, there are five aspects which deserve special attention: safety, flexibility, electronic chart, easy installation and the future. The fact that all equipment on board required for safe voyage can be controlled from the integrated bridge certainly means increased safety on board. The navigator is now able to give his undivided attention to supervising and maintaining safety during the voyage.
In addition, since the system is economically designed, there is less chance of physical fatigue for the navigator. Also, the introduction of an electronic chart or Anschutz automatic chart plotter means that there is no time wasted at the chart table.
The Datamation system is flexible because it can be assembled completely to the customer's requirements. Other key features include built-in safety provisions for propulsion control, as well as the ability to carry out cargo and ballast control with the use of a PC. A notable development is the electronic chart. The Radio Holland Group has also been involved in the future alternative to conventional sea-charts, also known as the "electronic chart display information system." In the near future, the electronic chart will completely replace the conventional sea chart, according to Radio Holland.
The Datamation concept from Radio Holland has in fact provided a bridge ready for the future. It provides efficient ship management, which is becoming more and more valued by shipowners.
Furthermore, future requirements, such as a black box, can be easily integrated into the Datamation bridge.
Besides its main headquarters in Houston, Radio Holland USA has service and support depots located in Panama City and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Norfolk, Va., Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., Kenilworth, N.J., Seattle and Vancouver, Wash., Mobile, Ala., New Orleans, La. and Corpus Christi, Texas. Additionally, the Radio Holland Group also has a member branch. Radio Holland Canada, located in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
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