Canadian Coast Guard selects Furuno to outfit new search and rescue vessels
Furuno has been selected by the Canadian Coast Guard to outfit its new Bay Class search and rescue (SAR) vessels. The 55-foot CCGS Pennant Bay and CCGS Baie De Plaisance are the first of 12 hulls ordered by the Coast Guard, with an option for six more. CCGS Pennant Bay was built by Hike Metal Products in Wheatley, Ontario while Baie De Plaisance was built by Chantier-Naval Forillon, Inc. in Gaspe, Quebec. These new vessels, all named for Canadian bays, have been commissioned under Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Initiative and the 2016-17 Fleet Renewal Plan. Their new Furuno electronics, including a multistation NavNet TZtouch network with radar and depth sounder, will assist the Coast Guard in their mission to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.
To help maintain their high standards of success, an integrated and comprehensive package of Furuno electronics was selected for the new vessels, which are capable of operating up to 100 nautical miles offshore.
- At the heart of the network are dual NavNet TZtouch Black Box Processors and 19-inch touch-screen displays, supported by a dedicated 14-inch NavNet TZtouch at the upper helm. Dual X-band radars are accessible from all TZtouch workstations. The various radars deliver exceptional target detection and clarity, along with impressive short-range detection and a range of up to 96 nautical miles.
- These new SAR ships are controlled by the integrated NavPilot series adaptive Autopilot, the NavPilot 700 at the lower helm and the color NavPilot 711C at the upper helm–a “self-learning” autopilot able to improve vessel handling by recording information about its characteristics throughout each voyage. Supporting the Furuno navigation network are several devices and sensors.
- Additionally, FLIR M-Series Thermal Camera integration is achieved on these systems with the simple interface built-in to every display and processor in the NavNet TZtouch network. The camera’s advanced thermal imaging will assist in the vessel’s search and rescue mission, allowing the operator to see more, and farther, than ever before. The camera can be controlled from any display and can lock on to a specific target or target location with a touch of the display.
- The NMEA2000 network allows for easy future expansion, as expansion ports are built in to the network at predetermined, logical locations for additional NMEA2000 peripheral devices to be added.
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