Canadian Coast Guards Selects Furuno to Outfit New Bay-class Vessels
CAMAS, Wash. — Furuno has been selected by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) to outfit its new Bay-class search-and-rescue vessels, the company reported in a Jan. 9 release.
The 55-foot CCGS Pennant Bay and CCGS Baie De Plaisance are the first of 12 hulls ordered by the CCG, 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 Bay-class 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 multi-station NavNet TZtouch network with Radar and Depth Sounder, will assist the CCG in its mission to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.
To help maintain its high standards of success, an integrated and comprehensive package of Furuno electronics was selected for the new Bay-class 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.
NavNet TZtouch offers the capable, proven navigation system the CCG needed, while also delivering the ability to integrate the best peripheral devices available to help accomplish mission objectives. Dual X-Band Radars are accessible from all TZtouch workstations, and include the Solid State DRS4DNXT, Furuno’s new 24-inch Doppler Radome with Target Analyzer and Fast Target Tracking, along with the DRS6AX, a 6kW Open Array Radar from Furuno’s recently expanded X-Class line. Together, these 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. Furuno’s NavPilot is referred to as a “self-learning” autopilot due to its ability to improve the vessels handling by recording information about its characteristics throughout each voyage.