Bridge Pilot Monitor System

 

    In recent years the maritime industry has experienced tremendous increases in operating costs. These costs occur due to numerous reasons ranging from equipment maintenance to the cost of labor. The marine industry is also experiencing difficulty in acquiring personnel to fill many positions. Safety has also become a paramount issue and is a major contributing factor to overhead. The average age of pilots and captains has been on the rise and    this fact comes from a variety of reasons as well. Vessel schedules have become much more critical as competition heats up. The level of traffic on the commercial waterways has also increased. The captains and pilots have long hours in tight areas of operation. Stress & fatigue are common place on most commercial vessels. The Bridge, Pilot Monitoring System enhances Safety on vessels while under way by monitoring body temperature and movement. This monitoring is accomplished on the main bridge via several sensors depending upon the physical layout of the bridge. This system automatically arms when any gear is engaged with the main engines. If the operator falls unconscious due to fatigue or health related problems the system gives a local audible as well as visual alarm. This alarm will last for a prescribed time unless the operator moves or pushes the acknowledge button.  The Delay button (yellow) illuminates when activated, giving the operator a long preset time to accommodate an absence from the helm station, in the event the operator is required to step out on the wing deck to communicate with a deck hand or visually inspect equipment. When the delay cycle has expired the system automatically returns to armed status and is confirmed via the red illuminated acknowledge button. If all the cycles and local alarms are not attended to the local visual/audible changes to steady on condition and the vessels General Alarm will automatically be engaged. 

   The system is capable of up to 84 hours normal run time in the event of a power failure. Time frames are adjustable in all cycles to ensure proper performance and enhanced safety. The BPMS system was developed by customer request and is currently operating on the GIWW. For more information contact Electronic Services Inc. via e-mail esimarine@earthlink.net or telephone 504 - 436 - 2596. 

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