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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received orders to supply advanced electronic navigation systems for two new 37,000 deadweight ton (dwt) bulk carriers to be built in Korea for Italian shipowner d’Amico Dry Limited.
The orders were awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit through Telemar, the sales and service representative for Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine products and services in Italy. Telemar will oversee the installations and provide technical support and service for the shipboard navigation systems.
Each of the ships is being fitted with a complete Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT™ integrated bridge system (IBS), including electronic chart display and information system, Xand S-band radars, autopilot, voyage data recorder and other navigation sensors and subsystems. All of the components are tied together in an Ethernet network, providing a high level of system integration.
“The IBS will enhance situational awareness for the ships’ bridge officers, by providing an integrated picture of the ships’ navigation and status on large high-resolution color displays,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.
The two bulk carriers are on order from Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, Korea, and are due for delivery to the owner in 2011.
d’Amico Dry is a fully owned subsidiary of the d’Amico group. Established in the late 1990s, the company operates a fleet consisting of owned and time-chartered tonnage, mostly employed in transporting bulk commodities, including cement products, grain, sulphur, coal and iron ore. The group is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and its chartering and operation offices are located in Monaco and Singapore.
Sperry Marine is a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Systems Division. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., and with major engineering and support offices in New Malden, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides smart navigation and ship control solutions for the international marine industry with customer service and support through offices in 16 countries, sales representatives in 47 countries and authorized service depots in more than 250 locations worldwide.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.