Carnival Cruise Lines upgrades VDR systems in 24 ships

DECEMBER 10, 2014 – L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has successfully retrofitted Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet of 24 cruise ships with its VDR 4350 Voyage Data Recorder system.

L-3 SAM Electronics' VDR 4350 system provides extended recording time and ECDIS-based onboard and onshore replay features, together with options for remote control and maintenance via SATCOM.

The modular Ethernet-based VDR 4350 series provides a comprehensive backup capability for the storage and downloading of recorded data. Other features include extended graphics analysis tools that provide simplified export functions to standard Microsoft Office applications.

"L-3 has been serving Carnival Cruise Lines for many years and we are extremely proud to have successfully completed this major upgrade project," said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 Marine Systems International. "For L-3, it is particularly gratifying to contribute to the continuing safety and operational needs of the world's largest cruise ship fleet."

Designed to operate as an integral part of state-of-the-art integrated bridge assemblies, VDR 4350 systems are in widespread use aboard vessels of all types and sizes. They are also a key component of L-3 SAM's NACOS Platinum series currently in service with most leading cruise ship operators. Scalable systems are available in either a console-integrated or cabinet-mounted model.

The major retrofit project was carried out by L-3 SAM's affiliated company for marine electronics, L-3 G.A. International (L-3 GAI), in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, L-3 SAM Electronics GmbH operates as a part of L-3 Marine Systems International and is a subsidiary of L-3 Communications Corporation. L-3 SAM Electronics is a turnkey supplier of complete electrical systems, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for all types of ships and offshore wind farms.

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