MARINE PRODUCTS // IBS
Navigational safety is the common desire and the aim of all those
who engage in marine transportation. However, despite the best efforts of everyone
concerned, sea-going accidents continue to occur. A complex range of factors are
involved in maritime accidents, but approximately 80 percent can be attributed to
human error. The industry has been earnestly seeking the development of navigational
aid equipment that can assume basic tasks and reduce the workload and the psychological pressure on the officer on watch.
The IBS (Integrated Bridge System) plays a vital role as a navigational aid. The electronic sea chart performs a central function within this system and is attracting a lot of attention.
Maintaining a constant watch of the ship’s surroundings is essential to insuring safety. However, the duties on the bridge include supervising such matters as navigational lookout, planning navigational routes, and handling communications as well as managing the ship’s engines, hull, and load while at the same time being on constant alert to avoid collisions or running aground. This is extremely stressful work. This situation has created an urgent need for developing a new bridge system that can rationally concentrate this necessary information for supervision. The concept of the IBS sprang from this need.
The IBS is composed of navigational equipment required for operating the ship, such as the GPS, gyrocompass, autopilot, radar, and electronic sea charts. The IBS integrates and processes information from throughout the bridge, and as such, interfacing with the various instruments and information processing technology is critical in IBS.
TOKYO KEIKI is the only manufacturer in Japan capable of developing and producing all of the major navigational equipment required for the ship’s operation, such as the gyrocompass, autopilot, radar, and electronic sea charts, and we are proud of our leadership in IBS know-how. We have developed an ergonomic design and layout to reduce mistakes caused by human error, and we are continually striving towards providing convenient, easy-to-use functions that contribute to reducing labor in ship operations.