Passenger Vessels / Ferry

We offer an extensive portfolio of electronics to meet the needs of passenger vessels such as ferries, tour vessels, and charters. This includes a range of IMO type-approved navigation, charting, radar and instrument systems for use aboard SOLAS passenger vessels, and in other cases where local requirements mandate the use of type-approved equipment. We also offer a wide range of non-IMO equipment to provide additional functionality such as extended radar or sonar capabilities, and to serve as primary systems aboard non-SOLAS vessels.


Norwegian Passenger Ferry Chooses Simrad


Simrad electronics feature prominently aboard the Helgøy Glimt, one of five ferry and sightseeing vessels owned and operated by the Helgøy family in the Norwegian fjords. A five-screen Simrad glass bridge system provides access to type-approved ECDIS, X Band and S Band radar systems, and other navigational equipment.

This type-approved core equipment is supplemented by a Halo™ Pulse Compression radar system, which delivers a fine-grained situational view with high-speed updates. “HALO is the most important instrument we have on board when we move so fast between the small islands, “ explains captain Tron Helgøy, “it's a very sharp picture.”

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Simrad installation completes innovative Vision of the Fjords


Sigurd Solberg AS, one of the top designers and suppliers of complete bridge and engine room consoles to vessels all over the world are pleased to have been involved with the award winning Vision of the Fjords. The company supplied a comprehensive suite of (Navico) Simrad electronics to the futuristic Norwegian vessel designed for environmentally-friendly sightseeing in protected conservation areas.

All of Vision of the Fjords’ main bridge electronics – from radar to the electronic chart display information system (ECDIS), autopilot, gyrocompass, and DGPS – are Simrad-branded solutions. This is similar to the Helgøy Glimt, a carbon fibre fast ferry which also undertakes passenger services in the Norwegian fjords and is fitted out with the latest Simrad technology.

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Manly Fast Ferries order Simrad System


Four new fast ferries, owned and managed by Manly Fast Ferries and operating in the busy waters of Sydney Harbour, will rely on state-of-the art Simrad technology for safe navigation seven days a week.

The four new vessels, two 24-metre fast catamarans and two 33-metres fast catamaran, will be operating on several busy routes linking Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour with locations including Darling Harbour, North Sydney, Pyrmont Bay and Harbour Beaches. The catamarans will also be deployed on whale-watching excursions during the annual migration season. The craft have capacity for 260 and 375 passengers respectively, plus crew, with indoor and outdoor seating both on the main passenger decks, and on the upper decks which feature the latest up-to-the-minute bridge installations.

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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari Choose Simrad


Dolphin Explorer is the purpose-built tour vessel for Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari based in Auckland, New Zealand. The company’s 4.5-hour "eco-cruise" is rated as Auckland’s number-one boat tour by, and aims to provide passengers with unforgettable whale and dolphin sightings in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park area.

In a recent refit, Dolphin Explorer was upgraded with the latest Simrad Halo™ radar and Broadband Sounder™ sonar technology; these improvements have offered the crew of Dolphin Explorer new ways to locate whales and dolphins through their feeding habits.

"When you put the [Halo radar] picking up the birds … the CHIRP technology on the sounder picking up [plankton layers], your ability to transfer everything to the GPS with just a touch of a screen … well that’s come a long way."
- Andy Light, Senior Captain

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