Suez Canal vessels getting new systems

Jan. 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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NEW MALDEN, England, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Tugboats and other work vessels used by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority are being upgraded with new navigation systems from Britain.

Sperry Marine, a business unit of Northrop Grumman of the United States, said it will upgrade 10 vessels with new radar and also integrate bridge systems on four new vessels.

The integrated bridge systems, include Northrop Grumman's TotalWatch multifunction workstations featuring electronic chart display and information systems, radars and interfacing with various sensors, including those for depth, speed, heading and position.

"These new orders build on our long history as a major supplier of navigation systems and services to the Suez Canal Authority," said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine.

"This important win through our valued partner in Egypt is a strong validation of the high quality of our equipment in this challenging marketplace."

Sperry Marine said the order for the equipment was received through Radio Holland Egypt, Northrop's the sales representative in Egypt.

No value of the contract was given but Sperry Marine said final delivery of its products would occur next year.

The Suez Canal, a major shipping artery, connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and is 120 miles long.

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