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Marine Radars & Their Use in Shipping

Radar technology entered into the marine space during World War II. From 1942, this technology started getting used in the commercial space. Vessels got equipped with Shipping Radars for safe navigation and enhancing the detection of enemy ships. As radar technology evolved, the marine radar became a vital equipment in the safe navigational watch. With marine radars playing such a significant role, let us further provide details about this technology and its use in the shipping industry.

Marine radars are commonly classified under the X-band, offering higher frequency and better resolution, and S-band, designed for rainy and foggy days for better tracking and identification. These devices need to mandatorily comply with the guidelines of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. With the help of ship radar, accidents can get averted at sea. When docked at port, such vessels with marine radars help the coastguard, VTS and other authorities in monitoring the traffic in small radar range.

These radars work on the fundamental principle of electromagnetic waves that travel through the air at a constant high speed and establish the location. The detector mainly reads the position and direction of the object. Some of the primary uses of effective radar techniques in shipping domain include

  • Calculates the range and target’s bearing to determine the speed and direction of the ship.
  • There is other equipment like ECDIS, and marine radars get integrated into such shipboard equipment’s to derive precise data.
  • It also helps in averting collisions at sea and assisting in navigating the vessel.
  • Marine radars go a long way in fixing the position of the ship by using terrestrial objects like buoys and lighthouse.
  • Differentiating between targets, especially in high traffic density areas, becomes comfortable with marine radars.
  • VTS uses it for controlling coastal traffic.
  • Marine radars come with features like parallel indexing that help in safe navigation.
  • These radars also help extensively in pilotage.

With the constant evolution of technology, marine radars are facilitating an even more vital role in viewing the position of objects. The screens that are getting used for viewing the location of the objects are monochromes or LEDs that offer far greater clarity. These screens are also waterproof, ensuring undisrupted views even in the event of rough weather condition. Along with being user-friendly, these radar systems are also nature-friendly requiring limited power consumption.

Marine radars have been a vital navigation instrument and have been in use for six decades. Over the years, with further advancement in technology, it has become central in marine travel and safety. Following these essential safety protocols, Alphard Maritime always stays up to date giving safe shipment delivery utmost importance. The vessels at Alphard group come equipped with such tracking devices that also helps in providing real-time information to the clients.

The Alphard group is globally diversified and has all the necessary accreditations, and the group business branches into main/offshore shipping fleets, marine transport and logistics, ship management, marine offshore construction, dry cargo chartering, maritime security, dry docking and many other verticals. For safe shipment of cargo, rely on industry best Alphard Maritime group that has the expertise, team, and technology support. At Alphard Maritime, we also offer Radio Equipment & Survey that covers services on systems of navigation, communication and safety equipment. For all this and more, connect with the team and take cargo transportation and maintenance services.