Furuno Provides Impressive Electronics Suite To Further National Park Service Mission
The M/V Serac, a 45-foot semi-displacement catamaran built for the National Park Service, has been equipped with an impressive suite of Furuno marine electronics. Designed for use in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the mission of M/V Serac is primarily as a pilot boat/escort for the many cruise ships navigating Glacier Bay.
Camas, WA - The M/V Serac, a 45-foot semi-displacement catamaran built by Armstrong Marine and delivered to the National Park Service, has been equipped with an impressive suite of Furuno marine electronics. Designed for use in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the mission of M/V Serac is primarily as a pilot boat/escort for the many cruise ships navigating Glacier Bay. She will also ferry park rangers and crew to and from cruise ships. Additionally, M/V Serac is well equipped for use as a research vessel for park rangers studying the pristine, natural habitat of Glacier Bay.
Dual 12” Furuno TZTL12F Multi Function Displays are the centerpiece of M/V Serac’s helm. The multi-touch interface on these NavNet TZtouch2 MFDs is augmented by dual MCU004 remote controllers, offering navigators multiple options for interacting with the networked systems. Accurate position is provided by a GP330B GPS Receiver.
Two DRS4DNXT Solid-State Doppler Radars are connected to the NavNet TZtouch2 network, affording the M/V Serac the safety of redundancy in this navigation system. The 24” dome Radars provide safety features such as Target Analyzer and Fast Target Tracking, ensuring the M/V Serac can track multiple Radar targets with ease. The FA170 AIS Transponder with dedicated 4.3” display enhances her ability to keep track of other vessel traffic on the water. M/V Serac’s impressive helm suite relies on the NavPilot 711C Autopilot to maintain course. The LH5000 30-Watt Loud Hailer allows for communication with passengers on deck as well as nearby vessels. Radio communication is provided by the FM4800 5-in-1 VHF Radiotelephone and Class D DSC, which also provides a backup GPS Receiver, AIS Receiver, and Simplified Loud Hailer.
Nobeltec Timezero software further enhances her complete Furuno helm suite. Furuno is proud to have delivered the electronics that will assist the National Park Service aboard M/V Serac to fulfill their mission to preserve the natural and historic objects and the wildlife within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and to further their decades-long mission to better understand the complex marine ecosystem therein. For more information on Furuno's complete line of Marine Electronics, visit their web sites at www.FurunoUSA.com or www.NavNet.com.