References bridge solutions

Through delivery, installation and commissioning of integrated Nav Com systems and bridge solutions to over 300 new building projects, we have gained the experience and competence needed to provide the best solutions for our customers, and to implement smooth and problem free installation and commissioning by keeping a good solution oriented cooperation with the yards and ship owners.

SULEBAS: New build

For this project, we based the design of our bridge solution on the owners wish for the main console workstation to have only a slim LCD monitor array in front of it, giving the bridge a modern high-tech look.

In addition to the main console workstation, additional workstations would be in port side and aft bridge, both having several LCD monitors each.

As such, a key element in our bridge solution is the integration of a large video matrix, enabling the operator to select video from any system/source to display at any monitor in the whole bridge.

Programmable matrix presets allows for quick selection of different monitor setups for the different work modes, such as navigation or fish finding operation.

The bridge and ceiling consoles design, relative alignment, and instrument layout has been carefully thought through, so that all important controllers and operation panels are comfortably operated within arm’s reach from navigation chair, and also ensuring comfortable viewing angles and reading distances for the monitors.

We also planned the bridge- and ceiling consoles design and relative alignment on the bridge in order to retain unobstructed view out all bridge windows while seated in the navigation chair.

Albacore: New wheelhouse

In 2010, when the owner was going to replace the whole wheelhouse on MS Albacore, Sigurd Solberg AS worked closely with him to find the new bridge layout and instrument integration solutions to meet his demands for the new bridge.

The overall aim for the new bridge was to achieve excellent ergonomics and functionality. Key elements in the new bridge console design is the carefully thought through instrument layout, design and alignment of main and ceiling consoles, and the integration of a video matrix enabling selection of input video from any connected equipment to display at any monitor in the bridge and ceiling consoles. Programmable matrix presets allow for quick selection of different setups for different work situations.

With the new layout, we have all controllers and panels located within arm’s reach from navigation chair, and comfortable viewing angles and distances for the main monitors. The bridge- and ceiling consoles design and alignment retains completely unobstructed view out all bridge windows while seated in navigation chair.

We also made sure to have good passageways to be able move quickly and without obstructions all around the consoles.

Exposed sharp corners chamfered or rounded off.

Bridge consoles are 3mm steel, structured powder coat finish according to customer RAL color specification.

Bridge consoles for chemical tankers

Sigurd Solberg AS has designed and delivered bridge consoles for a series of chemical tankers built at Aker Yards/STX Europe yard in Florø. The consoles design and instrument layout complies with DNV NAUT-OC class notation.

The black finish on the consoles top plates is a special two component paint giving a suede like and very matte finish, to completely avoid light reflections. The console top plates are replaceable.

Stolt Sneland:

Bridge consoles for offshore service vessels

Sigurd Solberg AS has designed and delivered bridge consoles for a series of offshore service vessels built in Havyard Leirvik. The consoles design and instrument layout complies with DNV NAUT-OSV class notation.

The black finish on the consoles top plates  is a special two component paint giving a suede like and very matte finish, to completely avoid light reflections. The console top plates are replaceable.

Havila Jupiter:

HYDROGRAF: bridge console replacement

In the autumn of 2010, we got a request from M/S Hydrograf for a bridge console replacement. The existing console was the original one installed when the ship was new, plus a wooden extension for the X-band radar. They wanted a more modern console design with a raised back facilitating flush mount of ECDIS- and radar displays and other instruments, to achieve a less cluttered, more ergonomic and functional layout of the navigation workstation.

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From the initial onboard survey we found that the best and most cost effective solution would be to move/rebuild the chart table, do a combination modifying existing console top plate and adding new console extensions on the sides, and keeping the rest of the existing console unchanged.

We designed the new console sections to match the shape of existing consoles, and had them split up into smaller parts in order for them to fit through the very narrow light opening in the bridge entrance door. The new console section assemblies are bolted to the steel floor below the wooden floor plates, so the installation is very rigid.

We replaced the large and bulky X-band radar CRT monitor with a Hatteland LCD for flush mounting, and hid the radar processor unit inside the new console section.

In a second upgrade stage a little later, we replaced the old JRC PPI S-band radar with a new Furuno S-band radar, and extended the console on the port side for flush mounting ECDIS 2 computer and the new radar.

The result is a straightforwardly, functional and greatly improved instrument layout, and a much less cluttered bridge overall. By flush mounting the X-band radar and ECDIS panel computers in the new consoles lower height, the view from navigation chair out the bridge windows became almost unobstructed. Another benefit is a significant reduction of the rather intrusive fan noise generated by those units, further improving the work environment for the navigators on the bridge.