November 12, 2015

Every year, personnel transport vessels of the BOURBON fleet ferry over 2.5 million passengers. With their ability to transport 25 people, Surfers of the 1800 Series operate around the world, especially in West Africa and Asia. Welcome onboard and discover the all details of the vessel's bridge.

After clicking on the photo, see the description of each equipment below.

1 - Public address

This microphone enables the pilot to communicate with the passengers or the seaman, to announce the vessel's arrival, to coordinate the crew when loading a parcel onboard, etc.

2 - Vessel air conditioning controls

3 - Integrated Radio

4 - Video depthfinder

This device indicates the depth and topography of the seabed. This is mandatory radio-electrical equipment imposed by the flag.

5 & 5b - Control and display of nighttime infrared camera

Used during personnel transfers taking place at night. The joystick allows the camera to be rotated at 360° and raised.

6 - Radar Screen

Enables the viewing all information at 360°, day and night: the contours of the coast, the presence of other vessels, etc. It covers a radius of 48 nautical miles around the Surfer1. This equipment is also mandatory.

7 - Control panel for the main electrical equipment

Machinery lighting/passenger facilities/foredeck, machinery fans, bilge pump control, etc.

8 - Battery control panel

Used in particular to check battery voltage.

9 - Helm power assist

Similar to the power steering of a car, it helps maneuver the vessel's helm more easily. On this type of Surfer, maneuvering is performed by orienting relatively heavy directional nozzles, therefore power assistance is essential.

10 - Generator startup and monitoring panel

Generators onboard our Surfers can generate 380V, 220V or 24V. Aboard a Surfer 1800, all navigation devices operate on 24V.

11 - Fire Detection unit

Thanks to sensors placed in all enclosed premises (diesel oil, machinery, etc.), this unit alerts the pilot in the event of a fire on board the Surfer.

12 - Mandatory handheld VHF radio (GMDSS -   Global Maritime Distress and Safety System)

Intended to only be used if the vessel has to be evacuated. Used to contact any vessel or aircraft equipped with VHF.

Surfers are also equipped with a work VHF, used during operations to contact client, the platform, the crane operator, etc. (not visible in photo).

12b - Spare lithium batteries for the handheld VHF

13 - Navigation lights control panel

When navigating at night, a Surfer is illuminated with a red light to port, green to starboard, and white on the bow and stern. These 4 position lights are each supported by a backup light. This panel is used to activate all the lights fitted to the ship (anchor light, maneuverability light, etc.).

14 - Main engine gas control

15 - Helm of the vessel

16 - FiFi2 cannon control console

17 - Magnetic Compass (in closed position)

This device indicates the North. An essential tool for navigation, it is used to keep a course.

18 - Engine control panels

Containing the start button, the alarms regarding water temperature, oil pressure, alternator voltage, tachometer, etc.

19 - Rudder angle indicator

This equipment gives the position of the jets.

20 & 20b - Gauge indicating the diesel

The two engines on a Surfer can contain (2 x 1650 liter capacity).

21 - Waterjet diverter position indicators

If the needle is pointing up, the vessel can move forward if it is down, the vessel can move back.

22 - Diverter control unit

23 - Electronic map reader that operates with its own GPS

24 - Ammeters

Shows the current consumption in amperes/hour, for each of the two batteries.

25 - Controls for the windshield washer, windshield wipers, and foghorn

26 - Exhaust hose high temperature alarm

The engines of a Surfer  are cooled with fresh water, itself cooled by seawater. The fresh water is channeled into the engine through a pump. If this pump breaks down, there is no longer any cooling. The sensors on the exhaust hoses will then trigger an alarm.


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