Navis Engineering Launches the New JP4000 Joystick Control System

Navis Engineering (Finland) has announced the launch of the new generation of its JP4000 joystick control system for mega-yachts, which the company will present at METS 2010.
The JP4000 combines the joystick control functionality with a DNV-approved autopilot AP4000 within one system.
The joystick control mode, limited by the speed of 5 knots, allows the captain to easily control in different ways the yacht’s position and heading using a 3-axis joystick instead of conventional propulsion control units. This functionality is essential for docking or precise low-speed maneuvering in marinas or limited water areas. The ‘Hold Position’ functionality, also a joystick control mode, is supplied as an option, and, if engaged, turns the JP4000 into a non-Class dynamic positioning system.
When underway in the open sea, the yacht’s heading will be controlled by the new AP4000 autopilot, which, as mentioned previously, is part of the JP4000. The AP4000, besides standard heading control modes, now features the ‘Wind Vane’ mode, specially designed for sailing mega-yachts. This mode provides the capability of sailing by a relative wind angle.
The control panel has undergone a substantial re-design. Compared to the previous generation, the JP4000’s front panel now sports a 6.5-inch high contrast colour display with the 150º viewing angle. The IP67 level of protection makes the JP4000 suitable for outdoor installations. The graphic user interface has also been re-designed to make it easier to read and operate.
The JP4000 can be installed onboard any mega-yacht having one of nine basic propulsion layouts, the main provision being the ability to provide side thrust by means of a bow/stern thruster/azipod.
For further information, Navis Engineering Oy tel: +7 812 322 67 15 (R&D Office, Saint-Petersburg) fax: +7 812 322 67 35 tel: +358 9 250 90 11 (Headoffice, Vantaa) fax: +358 9 250 90 12
By Professional Mariner Staff