Brown Brothers Develops New Stabilizer System
Brown Brothers, the Vickers Marine company based in Edinburgh, has developed a new stabilizer system which combines the latest developments in hydromechanics with state-of-the-art electronic control technology. Called the VM Series, the new system, which has generated extensive interest from cruise and ferry operators, features a uniquely shaped one-piece fin operated by the hydraulic ram principle and uses Brown Brothers digital electronic controls.
According to Brown Brothers, the new stabilizer system is simpler in design and construction, as well as more compact than its predecessors. Additionally, the new high performance systems offer space and weight savings, substantially reduced installation costs, lower noise levels, ease of maintenance and greater reliability.
The first order for the system has already been won—from U.K.-based Richards Shipbuilders-to supply the stabilizers for the new vessel recently ordered by Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd.
Part of Vickers PLC, Brown Brothers is an international company based in the U.K. with annual sales of about $1.1 billion and 12,000 employees worldwide.
In addition to marine engineering, Brown Brothers' principal activities include the automotive, aerospace, medical, recreational powerboat, and military industries.
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