Furuno VR7000S

Jan 30, 2018

For builders of commercial vessels and super yachts, the Furuno VR7000S Simplified Voyage Data Recorder is a valuable addition to the regular equipment inventory.

Maritime casualties are an unfortunate possibility when operating on the water, with human error being the leading cause of maritime injury. The USCG states that thousands of preventable maritime accidents are caused by operator inattention, citing this twice as frequently as the next leading factor. Understandably, the International Maritime Organization has mandated the installation of certain devices intended to bring a measure of safety to an often-dangerous job, including Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) and Voyage Data Recorders, or VDR.

The Furuno VR7000S Simplified Voyage Data Recorder, which is similar to the black box devices found on aircraft, records all crucial data from interfaced sensors onboard and stores it safely in a tamperproof Data Recording Unit (DRU). The rugged Furuno DRU’s, available in fixed or float-free configurations, are designed to withstand the extreme shock and heat that may accompany maritime catastrophe. When the DRU is recovered, its stored data may be used by authorities to replay the information from all serial, analog or digital sensors, bridge audio and VHF, Radar and ECDIS data, AIS, Bridge Alert Management (BAM), thrusters, inclinometer, and information from the electronic logbook to investigate the cause of the accident. Even the audio from the outside bridge wings can be recorded, if fitted.

All of this information is easy to play back, thanks to the included Live Player software, which extracts and plays back the information from the VR7000S in real time on a networked PC. Data can be extracted onto a USB Drive for later viewing.

The VR7000S complies with the latest IMO standards for VDR performance, and is capable of recording 48 hours of data in both the fixed and float-free units, as well as providing storage for up to 30 days/720 hours in the Data Collecting Unit (DCU). The system is easy to integrate with existing INS networks, and a Video LAN converter can be used to record the data from DVI or RGB Radar outputs into an Ethernet signal for data recording, which may be necessary for third-party or some early model Furuno Radars. The VR7000S even comes with a color LCD Remote Alarm Panel that can keep the bridge operator apprised of the system health and status.

The VR7000S has an American MSRP of $7,225 USD, and allows owners to replace existing S-VDR’s with only the components that were required at the time the original S-VDR was fitted and approved. The VR7000S can be expanded for complete sensor coverage on any size of vessel, while also providing a safe and reliable method for owners to purchase only the components they need for voluntary fittings on non-SOLAS vessels.

To learn more about Furuno’s new VR7000S, check out Furuno U.S.A.’s web site www.FurunoUSA.com.

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