Guidance Marine wins award for innovation

08 Mar 2017

Jan Grothusen, CEO of Guidance Marine, receiving Dynamic Positioning 2017 Award

Jan Grothusen, CEO of Guidance Marine, receiving Dynamic Positioning 2017 Award

Guidance Marine picked up the Dynamic Positioning 2017 award at the Offshore Support Journal Annual Awards for its targetless sensor.

RangeGuard is the first sensor developed by Guidance Marine
that does not use physical targets, it uses radar reflections from its
surroundings to calculate precisely the vessel’s range to the nearest object in
its field of view.

Jan Grothusen, CEO of Guidance Marine, said: “It is the
first time ever we have brought targetless position sensing to the local
position reference market. We are really proud that our innovation has been
recognised.”

Combining the information from two sensors allows range and
bearing to be calculated and input into the dynamic positioning (DP) system of
a vessel to give the first targetless DP local position reference sensor (PRS).

 The system has been installed on-board the Windea La
Cour, which collected the Offshore Renewables Award.

Mr Grothusen added: “We love innovation and high-tech, but
as always technology on its own can't win. You need fantastic partners, so I
would like to thank our integrator partners on this particular project, Marine
Technologies and our end customer Bernhard Schulte who have already won with
the Windea La Cour where RangeGuard system is pioneering targetless positioning
in the DP world.”

More than 4,000 votes were cast across all categories at the
Offshore Support Journal Annual Awards, attended by more than 500 delegates, in
London.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Johannes
Østensjø for his longstanding commitment to offshore vessel ownership and
services.

 Guidance Marine’s RangeGuard and RadaScan systems are
currently being trialled on-board his Ostensio Rederi vessel, Edda Ferd.

By Alice Mason

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