Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has bolstered its industry leading navigation and piloting offering with the launch of SafePilot CAT MAX, the latest addition to its SafePilot range, which utilizes state-of-the-art software and smart technology to help pilots and ports optimize safety and efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Replacing its SafePilot CAT III, developed for high positioning accuracy required applications, Trelleborg’s new SafePilot CAT MAX has been specifically designed for use in even more demanding applications including as the piloting of ultra large container vessels and LNG ships in confined waters and offshore operations.

The dual antenna solution, which consists of heading and positioning units which can communicate with each other and the pilot’s display via Wi-Fi, boasts an integrated six-axis gyro/motion sensor, offering precise and independent rate of turn, roll, and pitch. This, coupled with the capability of charging wirelessly, makes the SafePilot CAT MAX the ideal solution for operations where accurate under keel clearance is critical.

Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, says: “Piloting requires the safest, most efficient and reliable technology. It demands exceptional performance, ease of operation and high position accuracy to facilitate optimum approach, berthing and departure. The launch of the SafePilot CAT MAX is the latest example of our long-standing commitment to continually exploring ways in which we can further strengthen our navigation and piloting offering to ensure it delivers exactly that, and then some, in even the most demanding applications.”

The SafePilot CAT MAX delivers a speed accuracy down to 1 cm/s and a heading accuracy down to 0.01°, allowing the system to be used in the most challenging operations. Built-in UHF radio facilitates the exchange of environmental, hawser load, product and ESD data between all parts in the operation, including RTK corrections to the CAT MAX. Combined with SafePilot software, this information can also be exchanged via the cloud.

Developed in conjunction with working marine pilots from across the world, SafePilot is known for its intuitive ease of use, offering optional software modules that can be selected according to operational pilotage requirements. Benefits include improved accuracy, as data is filtered to only display what is relevant during each operational phase, eliminating the risk of information overload and enhanced safety through an improved situational overview and accurate, real time data.

SafePilot is a critical component of SmartPort by Trelleborg, which powers the critical interface between ship and port, on land and at sea. It connects port operations, allowing operators to analyze performance and use data to improve decision making. The system integrates assets like fenders, mooring equipment, ship performance monitoring, and navigation systems, underpinned by cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

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