Home' Work Boat World : September 2009 Contents Commercial work boats are the livelihood of Stark Bros -- from
the building of new vessels, through to the complete service and
repair of large vessels -- afloat whatever size, on slip or in the
Lyttelton Dry Dock up to 6,000 tonnes.
After launching a new, traditional New Zealand Kauri timber
fishing vessel, the 13.3-metre 'Nessie J', in March 2009 (see page
39), Stark Bros headed directly into a very busy fishing boat lay-up
season, including the dry docking of two of the large (105m)
BATM-class fishing vessels for two weeks each.
Works completed on each vessel included servicing of the sea
valves, repairs to various pipes, replacement of anodes and a range of
other activities and jobs as required during a dry docking, with one
vessel having a new sonar also fitted.
Then, immediately following these two large fishing vessels,
was a blast from the past -- a double dry docking of two vessels
with a combined age of 185 years between them.
First in the dock was the historic steam tug 'Lyttelton' at 102
years old and immediately behind it was the historic steam crane
barge 'Hikitia' from Wellington at 83 years old.
Stark Bros dry docked both vessels and undertook a range of
repairs to the 'Hikitia' including significant steel hull plate
replacement and water and abrasive blasting and painting of the
hull and crane.
Currently on the drawing board is a 16-metre steel fishing
trawler, a 19-metre, steel long liner, and under construction is
a 14.5-metre timber fishing trawler -- so whether it is the building
of a new commercial vessel or the servicing / dry docking of a large
vessel -- Stark Bros are the marine engineering specialists adjacent
to the Lyttelton Dry Dock.
For further information contact:
Stark Bros, New Zealand. Web: www.starkbros.co.nz
Stark Bros binds tradition with innovation
Stark Bros at work at the Lyttelton Dry Dock
Designed to meet the most stringent
requirements onboard commercial
vessels, the next generation Simrad
MX510/512 professional navigation
system is now available, providing the
ultimate in navigational accuracy.
The Simrad MX510 is a two-serial port
control and display unit, while the MX512
is a nine-serial port control and display
unit. Both are compatible with the
MX421, MX521A "smart" D/GPS antennas,
MX525A Black Box DGPS receiver and
MX575A DGPS Compass.
The MX510/512 systems feature receiver
autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM).
With RAIM enabled, the MX510 and
MX512 are IMO type-approved -- and carry
CE, USCG, CCS (pending) and Wheelmark
approvals as well.
The MX510/512 systems are also
backward compatible with MX421, MX521,
MX525 "smart" antennas and MX575
DGPS compass, for easy integration into
existing navigation systems.
The new Simrad MX510/512 uses
advanced PC-based technology and
a powerful Intel PXA255 XScale processor
to provide position data with the
unprecedented speed and accuracy. Position
can be presented in latitude/longitude (four
decimal places), UTM, and a user-defined
grid (with optional software).
The MX510/512 can store up to
2000 waypoints with 20-character
alphanumeric names and icons, and 100
routes with a dynamic number of
waypoints (up to 2000 in all routes). A
long list of special features includes GO
TO, MARK and MOB keys, 3D panoramic
steering display, tide, speed graph,
sun/moon almanac and wind calculations.
Data is provided on a large and clear
14.5cm backlit LCD display.
New features provide the flexibility to
use the MX510/512 as a stand-alone
navigation system or in multi-control
mode with one or more slaves via
high-speed LAN connectivity. Operators
also have the choice to save and restore
navigation data using either a USB
memory stick or through the unit's built-in
flash RAM. Optional software updates can
easily be made through either of the unit's
two USB ports.
A user-friendly MMI (Man Machine
Interface) -- something professional navigators
expect from MX products -- expands the
MX510/512's versatility and makes accessing
its many advanced features easy. Its
multi-port interface capabilities (using LAN or
NMEA ports) provide easy integration with
ECDIS, ARPA, Gyro and other important
navigation information systems.
For further information contact:
Navico Auckland, New Zealand.
Navico: professional navigation for commercial vessels
The Simrad MX510 Navigation System
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