Pasha Hawaii's Jean Anne gets Furuno electronics upgrade

(CAMAS, Wash.) — Pasha Hawaii's Jean Anne, a 579-foot, 37,548-gross-ton modern PCTC (pure car/truck carrier), has received an electronics upgrade, replacing its navigation systems with an entire suite of new Furuno electronics. The update was performed by Mackay Marine in Vancouver, British Columbia, in just under three weeks, including time for sea trial and crew training. Project manager Ben Staggs and installers Hamid Nayebi and Don Kamachi handled the entire retrofit without complications, removing the older electronics and replacing them with new Furuno equipment.

Dual X-band FAR2228 and a powerful S-band FAR2238S radar ensure that Jean Anne's crew will have flawless detection at every range and in all weather conditions. Two 23-inch FMD3300 ECDIS stations with FAP3000 track control systems, along with a 24-inch widescreen FMD3100 ECDIS, provide cutting-edge chart handling and simplified route planning and navigation. Multiple sensor adapters are interfaced via Ethernet connection, creating an integrated shipboard network that connects the radar and ECDIS systems to redundant GP170 GPS receivers, a precision DS80 Doppler speed log, FE800 IMO navigation echo sounder, and a complete VR7000 voyage data recorder. The new electronics were installed and integrated with the existing Furuno GMDSS safety radio suite and other Furuno equipment.

Jean Anne was launched in 2005 as the first fully enclosed ro-ro container vessel to serve Hawaii from the mainland. It is capable of transporting 2,500 automobiles on its ventilated decks, delivering cargo damage-free and protected from corrosive ocean salt spray. Decks 4, 6, and 8 are reinforced for oversize cargo, such as construction, agricultural, or military equipment, and can accommodate 125,000 square feet of such. Jean Anne's new helm suite will help to ensure its ability to safely and securely deliver vital cargo to the islands for many years to come. Click here to take a tour of Jean Anne's new electronics suite.

For more information on Furuno's complete line of marine electronics, contact: Furuno USA, 4400 NW Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas, WA 98607. Phone: (360) 834-9300

By Professional Mariner Staff