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January 26 2010

Sydney Harbour Ferries get chart radars

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is to supply Australia's Sydney Harbour Ferries with VisionMaster FT chart radars for all 28 vessels in its fleet.

Electrotech Australia Pty Ltd, Sperry Marine's sales and service representative in Australia, will install and commission the radars and will provide technical support through its Sydney office.

"The VisionMaster FT chart radars enhance situational awareness for watch officers by providing an overlay of radar images on a detailed electronic chart display," said J. Nolasco DaCunha, VP Naval Systems International at Northrop Grumman's Naval and Marine Systems Division. "These new-generation radars employ advanced digital technology for automatic clutter suppression, providing a clearer picture of radar targets under difficult weather and sea conditions."

"An important factor is the 24/7 availability of local support from our fully equipped service workshop and technical facilities in Sydney," said Stephen Renkert, general manager of Electrotech. "For a ferry service running on fixed schedules, it is critically important to avoid downtime for repairs and maintenance."

Sydney Harbour Ferries' 28 vessels, transport more than 14 million passengers and travel more than 1.3 million kilometers per year. Its ferry network connects 39 destinations, including Parramatta, Manly and Watsons Bay, from its hub at Circular Quay on Sydney's waterfront.


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