Furuno signs deal with Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard has selected Furuno’s DS60 Doppler Speed Log for installation on more than 200 vessels, ranging from 87-foot Marine Protector-class patrol boats to the 418-foot National Security Cutters.

“We are proud to be selected as the provider for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Doppler Speed Refreshment Project,” Brad Reents, president and CFO of Furuno USA, said in a statement. “For nearly 80 years Furuno has innovated and developed some of the most reliable navigation products used for the commercial maritime industry. Our dedication to that tradition is clearly shown by the USCG’s decision to standardize on our Doppler Speed Log.”

The Coast Guard has placed initial orders, and first-in-class vessel installations will start late this year and early next year.

Furuno said the government required a DSL that will interface with existing shipboard equipment and retain the functional characteristics and performance of the systems being replaced.

The Furuno DS60 has a three-axis Doppler sonar and an 8.4-inch color LCD display that offers three display modes: three-axis speed, berthing and a detailed navigation data display capable of showing information in graphic and alphanumeric formats.

Furuno said the DS60 offers measurement capability at dead slow speed and it features a single, high-frequency transducer that can measure a ship’s longitudinal and transverse speed, relative to ground or water, as well as water speed and direction beneath the hull.