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Kelvin Hughes reports the first SharpEye™ radar installation on a Korean vessel

Reliability and low through life costs are key factors in decision to specify SharpEye™ solid state radar for Korean LNG carrier retrofit.

In a recent retrofit operation, the SK Stellar, a 92,866gt LNG tanker operated by SK Shipping, was fitted with a Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital™ integrated navigation system incorporating a SharpEye™ S Band radar inter-switched with a 25kW X Band magnetron radar. At the same time the ship’s existing ECDIS was replaced with a Kelvin Hughes unit.

The installation work was carried out while the vessel was dry-docked in Singapore.

Kelvin Hughes’ area sales manager Mark Butler said, SK Shipping was particularly keen to install SharpEye™ radar in order to benefit from its reliability, minimal maintenance requirements and low through life costs. Operating between the Persian Gulf and Korea, the SK Stellar now benefits from a commercially competitive radar fit that delivers significantly enhanced performance and reliability.

In addition to providing high levels of reliability, SharpEye™ solid state technology is particularly effective in detecting small targets, especially in high levels of rain and sea clutter.

Mr. Butler commented, These qualities have made SharpEye™ an increasingly popular choice in all areas of commercial shipping, while the naval versions of SharpEye™ are in use with a number of navies worldwide.

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