New support yacht equipped with RH Marine bridge systemJul 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Courtesy RH Marine
(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — RH Marine has been supplying bridge systems to super yachts for years, and has now also supplied and installed a Rhodium bridge system on a support yacht for the first time. Hodor, which serves as a support vessel for a Feadship megayacht, is equipped with the bridge console, the DP system, communication and navigation equipment and the alarm and monitoring systems from RH Marine.
Support yachts are becoming increasingly popular with yacht owners. They are used to land helicopters for owners, guests and crew, transport to and from the mothership and for carrying jet skis, speedboats and other tenders. Thus life on the megayacht is disrupted as little as possible. Hodor also has a remotely operated underwater drone (ROV) for research purposes, a fully equipped dive center with a decompression tank, its own hospital and various off-road cars and motorbikes. The aft deck can accommodate five tender boats, including a chase boat, which are launched and retrieved through a special aft lifting platform. Also there is enough accommodation on board for the 20 crewmembers.
The 216-foot shadow boat supports a 285-foot megayacht, which was commissioned last year by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards. Both ships have been in operation for several months now. Hodor was built by the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon, at its Burela facility.
RH Marine personnel installed and commissioned the equipment supplied on site and accompanied the test runs. “For us it was the first time we have equipped a shadow boat with our systems,” said project leader Jos Geerdes. "RH Marine has also equipped the super yacht with a Rhodium bridge console. Because the owner wanted to have the same equipment on the Hodor allowing the crew to change shifts, the shipyard contacted RH Marine for that ship as well.”
For this project, RH Marine eventually supplied all navigation and communication equipment, including radar, autopilot-chart system ECDIS, GPS and weather station. All systems on board are checked via the RH Marine’s alarm and monitoring system (AMS). All systems, including the operation of the ROV, can be operated centrally via one screen in the bridge console. Its mechanical and electrical components have been engineered by sister company Bakker Sliedrecht.
RH Marine’s DP system also ensures that the yacht remains stable when guests arrive or depart, when the tender boats or other material is launched or retrieved on board or when the helicopter lands.
For more information, visit www.rhmarine.com.