A compact retrofit system for real-time body and vessel damage limitation.
The Vessel Impact and Motion Monitoring System, or VIMMS for short, is a direct response to the maritime industry’s requirement to monitor levels of shock and vibration at sea. This system is designed to do this on both crew and vessels during offshore passages.
VIMMS includes a helm unit and two remote sensors for measuring accelerations on the vessel structure and at the helmsman’s seat. The twin LED display provides simultaneous information on the impacts received by the vessel and crew. Configurable settings allow the operator to set relevant thresholds to match the LEDs’ response to the vessel’s expected operating conditions. Real-time feedback allows the helmsman to adjust their speed or course before limits are exceeded.
If the upper limit is exceeded, an indicator will remain lit, requiring the skipper to reset the unit by entering a pin number on the front keypad, alerting the system that an incident requiring investigation may have occurred. Data can be downloaded from the VIMMS for further analysis.
The IP67 flush-mounted helm unit measures only 150mm x 45mm (6in x 2in), allowing it to be easily retrofitted to existing vessels. The daylight-readable display can be dimmed for night operations.
Developed in conjunction with leading shock mitigating seat manufacturer SHOCKWAVE to meet the requirements of their military and US Coast Guard clients, VIMMS is currently deployed across three continents and is now available to commercial operators and boatbuilders in general.
The system is very simple to fit and works straight out of the box with a clear and intuitive display. VIMMS is intended to be a stand-alone system, but it can be expanded and linked to other products if the end-user requires additional features. With the expanding choice of shock mitigating seats available today, it is possible for helmsmen to drive boats harder and faster, potentially increasing the risk of crew injury or vessel damage. With VIMMS, skippers can maintain an overview of the vessel and potential structural issues that might arise.
For a video demonstration visit www.dyena.com/vimms.