Weather Charts for Raytheon Anschütz ECDIS .

The German-based navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz is now offering an integrated weather chart overlay for the Synapsis ECDIS. Taking the special needs of navigation into consideration, the layer was developed in close cooperation with meteorological experts of the German sea weather provider WetterWelt.


With the new feature Raytheon Anschütz combines sea chart and weather chart in one display. All weather parameter, which are important for navigation, are presented as values or symbols on a separate layer and can be switched on and off any time.  The system can show all available weather forecasts for the next days, which is a great help for route planning under the aspects of safety, travel comfort and fuel consumption. In addition to the current weather conditions, the weather forecast for the next few days can be played as an animation.


The parameters which can be displayed include the mean wind with direction and speed as well as gusts, wave height, wave direction and swell, period intervals of waves and swell, current, air pressure, weather conditions and air temperature. The navigator can flexibly define which of the data he wants to have displayed in which situation and which limits he would like to set.  If individual weather values exceed the preset limits, the values are shown graphically as weather warnings.


“The consideration of weather data is becoming more and more important for the shipping industry. Wind and waves or weather conditions such as fog have a direct influence on safety. Wind and waves, swell and currents have a direct influence on fuel consumption. And all together influence the travel speed and prompt arrival at the destination harbor”, says Thomas Wolter, Product Manager at Raytheon Anschütz.


“The Gulf- or Canary Streams move at about 1 to 1.5 knots, or 24 to 36 sm per day. Even at a relatively slight decrease in its own speed, the engine requires significantly less fuel, which at today’s bunker prices has a great effect on the cost”, argues Mr. Wolter.  “For a 15-year-old, 20,000 dwt container ship with a speed of 20 knots, a speed change of one knot can make a difference of about 10 tons of fuel per day. Accordingly, travel with the current or wind can influence the operating costs very positively, while travel against the current or wind can increase the operating costs or delay the arrival time.”


The Synapsis ECDIS imports the weather data via a standardized GRIB-file from a weather data provider. Customers can therefore choose themselves at any time from which provider these data are to be taken. For this, free weather subscriptions are available which offer some basic parameters, but sea weather reports from professional weather service providers such as WetterWelt are also available.  The data packages of the professional providers contain complete sea weather information and range in size from 25kb for the Baltic Sea to 500kb for the complete North Atlantic. The data can be imported into the ECDIS by download or email either directly or via a USB-Stick. Free weather data usually contains less information but at the same time much larger amounts of data.


In order to fulfill the regulations regarding the manufacturer-specific ECDIS training, Raytheon Anschütz, together with the E-learning specialist Safebridge, offers their customers complete Online-Training. Navigators can take the training at any time via any Internet connection and obtain the necessary certificate before they go on board ship.

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Raytheon Anschütz steht für eine traditionsreiche Marke – bekannt und bewährt in der maritimen Welt.

Über ein Jahrhundert lang hat sich Raytheon Anschütz zu einem verlässlichen Partner für Marinen, Reedereien und Werften entwickelt. Mehr als 35.000 Schiffe nutzen heute unsere Navigationssysteme – tagtäglich unterstützt von mehr als 540 Mitarbeitern am Firmensitz von Raytheon Anschütz in Kiel sowie von weltweiten Niederlassungen, Vertriebspartnern und über 200 zertifizierten Servicestellen entlang aller wichtigen Schifffahrtsrouten.


Unsere Kernkompetenzen sind die Entwicklung, Produktion, kundenspezifische Integration und der Service von kommerziellen Navigationssystemen. Zu unseren Produkten und Lösungen gehören:


• Kreiselkompasse und Inertiale Navigationsplattformen
• Autopiloten und Rudersteuerungssysteme
• Radar, Elektronische Seekarte (ECDIS) und Multifunktionssysteme
• Taktische Lagebild (C2) Systeme
• IMO-zertifizierte Integrierte Navigationssysteme
• Spezifische Ausrüstung für Marineschiffe und U-Boote


Unsere Kunden vertrauen auf unseren hohen Qualitätsstandard und auf die Leistung unserer Navigationssysteme, auf unsere Flexibilität in der Realisierung von kundenspezifischen Anforderungen sowie auf unsere professionelle und verbindliche Projektdurchführung.


Raytheon Anschütz bietet Kunden darüber hinaus eine Bandbreite an Leistungen – von kompetenter Beratung über persönliches Projektmanagement und qualifizierte Inbetriebnahme bis zu Serviceleistungen über die Lebensdauer unserer Produkte. Dazu gehören die weltweite Versorgung mit Ersatzteilen und Service genauso wie individuelle Wartungs- und Koordinationsverträge.


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Raytheon Anschütz has a long tradition and is well known in the maritime market.

In the past century, Raytheon Anschütz has proven to be a reliable partner for navies, shipping companies and shipbuilders worldwide. Today 35,000 high-sea vessels are underway using our navigation systems, supported by more than 540 employees at the Raytheon Anschütz headquarters in Kiel, Germany, as well as by worldwide subsidiaries, sales partners and more than 200 certified service stations.


Our core competences are the development, production, customized integration and service of commercial off-the-shelf navigation systems. The range of our products and solutions includes:


• Gyro Compasses and Inertial Platforms
• Autopilots and Steering Control Systems
• Radars, ECDIS and Multifunctional Workstations
• Command and Control (C2) Solutions
• IMO-certified Integrated Navigation Systems
• Specific Naval and Submarine Equipment


Our customers rely on the high levels of quality and performance of our navigation systems, on our flexibility with regard to individual adaptations, and on our professional and firm order processing.


For all deliveries of Raytheon Anschütz, a wide variety of services is offered, ranging from early customer consultancy and customized designs through project management and setting-to-work up to after sales services such as obsolescence management, logistic support, in-service support and worldwide maintenance contracts.


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