Simplified Voyage Data Recorder (S-VDR)

Data recorded

• Radar image

• Bridge and communication audio(VHF)

• Date and time
• Ship’s position, speed and heading
• AIS interface (as an alternative when a radar interface is not feasible)
• Data items listed by IMO with  the requirements set out in  resolution A.861(20) shall have  to be    recorded, when the data is available on the bridge in a format corresponding to the  international  digital interface standard IEC61162 (NMEA0183)

Normative references (Нормативные документы)

• DCU Functionality: IEC 61996
• DCU Environmental: IEC 60945
• Audio Quality: IEC 60268-16
• Radar Recording: IEC 61996
• PSU Environmental: IEC 60945
• PSU Survivability: IEC 61996
• Type Approval: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

Supported interfaces

• Local area connection (LAN) to Kongsberg Maritime systems,including navigation and  automation (Bridgeline, K-Bridge,DataChief C20, K-Chief 500,K-Chief 700, K-Pos, DP)
• Up to twelve serial lines supporting RS-422, NMEA 0183 Protocol
• Analogue 0-10 V, 4-20 mA, digital signals, pulse and sync signals
• RGB VESA video signals

Optional features

The following optional features are available:
 • Replay and Evaluation Unit (REU) is used to replay and evaluate previously recorded time  synchronized voyage data. The REU is in    addition an excellent tool for training purposes
 • Additional interface modules for analogue and digital gyro signals,including 180:1 stepper type    or 360:1 syncro type.
 • Etherlink board combi PCI
 • VDR interface for VHF

   The Kongsberg Maritime Black Box MBB® S Simplified Voyage Data Recorder (S-VDR) is designed to meet the IMO requirements for retrofit on-board ships of 3,000 gross tonnage and upwards constructed before 1st July 2002.We combine interface technology and in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements to provide a cost effective simplified voyagedata recorder.To simplify installation, we have designed a set of proven, reliable interface modules. Our use of local certified distributors keeps installation cost low. This worldwide network of  distributors is also used to keep the cost of the annual certification to a minimum.

Easy to install, easy to maintain
Легко установить, прост в обслуживании.

The MBB® S Simplified Voyage Data Recorder has a modular design for easy installation on-board existing vessels. Each module complies with the environmental requirements as specified in IEC 60945, including the requirements for radiated emission (EMC), and can be freely installed anywhere without causing disturbance to existing equipment.The following cost saving alternatives are available:
• Turn-key deliveries: Available through our international network of approved distributors. Short travelling will reduce expenses.
• Guided installation: Practical and easy to install modules,supported by a simple to follow installation manual, enable clients to do the      installation work under our guidance, thus achieve considerable savings.
• Fleet agreement: Includes training of client personnel, enabling them to undertake the installation,configuration and commissioning -supported  by Kongsberg Maritime.


The MBB® S provides both a cost effective solution to the mandatory requirements, and a valuable tool to increase safety and efficiency.The optional Replay and Evaluation Unit gives a number of additional benefits. This includes:

• Data for accident investigation
• Promotion of best practice
• Training support
• Response assessment
• Assessment of competence

Main units

Our Voyage Data Recorder consists ofthe following units:
 • Data Collection Unit
 • Protected Storage Unit
 • Microphone Units
 • Uninterruptible Power Supply

Data Collection Unit

  The Data Collection Unit (DCU) is interfaced with ship’s equipment to collect, process and store all relevant ship’s data for a period of 12 hours, as required by IMO A.861.Internal units of the DCU cabinet are a computer for recording, processing and storing of data, and modules for interfacing and formatting of audio,serial and analogue/digital data.The cabinet also includes an Operator Panel and all relevant connection terminals.


Computer (PC)
  The PC can hold data for more than 30 days using a standard 120 GByte hard disk. Radar signals are connected directly to the PC – for the Kongsberg K-Bridge through a LAN connection,for other radars through a dedicated frame grabber card mounted inside the PC.  This standard industrial PC is also used by the Kongsberg DataChief®  C20 and K-Chief 500 alarm,monitoring and control systems,where functionality and reliability has been proven through deliveries of thousands of units to ships worldwide.

Audio recording

  An internal audio recording interfaces VHF and voice communication on the Bridge. The module has 12 input channels for microphone and radio signals. The standard delivery includes two channels for VHF and four for microphones.The audio signals are sent directly to the PC through a USB interface,where the audio recording application modulates the signals prior to storing the data in the PSU.

Radar images

  Radar images are recorded either through an internal radar recorder  (when Kongsberg’s K-Bridge navigation system is present) or using a dedicated frame grabber card (recording images from 3rd party radar suppliers).Radar images from the K-Bridge system are recorded using a print screen function that creates a snapshot of the currently presented radar screen. The snapshots are then sent to the PC through a LAN interface.Radar images from 3rd party radar suppliers are recorded by interfacing the monitor that presents information to the operator.

Serial interfaces

  An internal module interfaces ship information available on serial lines.This module has 12 channels for interfacing serial NMEA 0183 or RS–422 signals, and one dedicated channel for sending MBB status information to 3rd parties. A serial interface provides input for up to 12 Serial lines (NMEA 0183 or RS-422).

Analogue/digital interfaces

  Dedicated modules can be used for interfacing analogue and digital signals from ship’s  equipment. If required, the DCU cabinet will be  supplied with one such module,making 16 signals available for interfacing to analogue or digital sources.However, a practically unlimited number of modules can be supplied for interfacing, but this must be evaluated and quoted in each project.


Operator Panel
 Operation and alarm functions are provided through the Operator Panel.The panel provides easy operation of system status and all mandatory alarms.The panel is mounted into the front of the DCU cabinet, but may also be wall mounted or mounted into existing consoles.


Protected Storage Unit

A float-free Protected Storage Unit (PSU) is provided, but a fixed PSU may be delivered as an option. Both units store data in a protected memory module that exceeds the required 12 hours storage capacity.The float-free PSU contains a conventional GMDSS satellite position-indicating radio beacon,EPIRB. It is saltwater activated with a bracket according to the IMO/SOLAS/GMDSS requirements.The fixed PSU is calamity resistant by means of a protective capsule. It is located on top of the ship’s superstructure in order to provide easy recovery following an incident.The unit is equipped with a quick release mechanism for easy recovery.It complies with all relevant IEC requirements.

L3 capsule








Microphone Units
  The microphones are used for recording of bridge audio, meeting the audio quality requirements as described in IEC 61996. Four microphones for installation on the bridge ceiling are provided as standard. For the required audio test,the MBB® S provides a built-in self test function.

Uninterruptible Power/Источник бесперебойного питания
The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) shall be connected to the ship’s emergency power supply,with a battery package providing more than the required 2 hours of audio recording during a black-out.The UPS also protects the MBB ® S components against voltage and frequency fluctuations.

Note! Maritime Black Box® (MBB) is a registered trademark of Kongsberg Maritime AS in Norway and in other countries.



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