Why Shell Ordered 70 More DigiPLOTS to Complete their 83 Ship Fleet

  • Why Shell Ordered 70 More DigiPLOTs to Complete their 83 ship Fleet!
  • First 100grt Super Tanker Torrey Canyon’s Multi-million $ Oil spill, big fleet problem
  • Unknown position in UK Scilly Islands, Loran not accurate, No Decca only short Range
  • Crew unfamiliar with larger ship handling’s advance & transfer vs. speed & rudder
  • Opportunity for company for 1960 President Nixon’s stated need for “computer/radar”
  • Shell defined operational need as: UNATTENDED as 1 OD, Near Land, $3M from VC

Developed 3 years at sea on ex-Sperry 63 foot Ketch TRADEWINDS

Shell Laboratory DigiPLOT reports of DigiPLOT for Fleet
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Shell had the First Super Tanker, the Torrey Canyon’s” Multi Million Dollar Oil Spill” in the UK Scilly Islands

Accident Reasons:
  • Unknown position near land, Decca and Loran not available
  • Made turn to avoid hitting shoal and crew unfamiliar with Forward Advance & Transfer of 100k grt vessel
  • Shell’s functional requirements & specs defined creating DigiPLOT as “an embedded computer real time radar navigation plotter
  • DigiPLOT was developed at sea over 2 years on company 62 ft Yawl test vessel with radar on 60 foot mast
Captain Oudet identified large/faster seagoing ship end-on anti-collision need for precise Direction of Relative Motion


4 Navy Cimarron Class AO177s . Single manned, sit-stand DigiPLOT

-> Installed Ships- by ship type, ship name and owner


Norwegian Frigate Helge Ingstad Accident Report

DigiPLOT intro to shipowners as UNATTENDED Collision Avoidance System–> view PDF here

Escape time is short the average is 8 minutes–> read more

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DigiPLOT now on e-charts – finally the holy grail for maneuvering with single display   

The Iotron Company developed an add-on to radar back in the 1970s that did exactly this. It was called Digiplot and was the brainchild of Jack Herther. Digiplot had many advanced features, such as automatic acquisition of radar targets, fully automatic tracking, and consolidation of 3-cm and 10-cm radar information   Read more        


DigiPLOT, the only 3rd Party tested to IMO ARPA Type Approved

Table of Test Results to 4 critical scenarios exceeds the MIN Std accuracy requirements by a factor of 10 and it is real time, only behind when own ship and/or any of 40 tracked ships (or both) are accurately shown during the turn by only 15-45 sec.  Since DigiPLOT SW performs a maneuvering board solution every 3 sec radar scan, and achieves full accuracy in only 1, not 3 min (when up to 6 to 9 min is needed for manual plot of the same accuracy when according to Captain Wylie, all collisions occur between 5 and 15 minutes with the average 8 minutes)


Breakthrough DigiPLOT Collision Avoidance System Meets USCG Regulations

real-time-collision-avoidanceAutoMATE Marine Systems announces the launch of an updated website and new UNATTENDED Collision Avoidance System (DigiPLOT) to coincide with CMA Shipping 2015 Conference and Trade Show in Stamford CT.  Ship owners looking to prevent collisions and fully meet US Law’s ARPA Regulations; now meeting the need at a fraction of previous cost.

DigiPLOT has been proven based on over 60 million hours of at sea automatic operation.  Recently redesigned with todays’ computing technology, DigiPLOT’s introductory price is lowered to one half – further increasing customer value and offering a future IMO fuel saving add-on for payback and continuing increased profit.  Continue Reading

               The Ultimate Collision Avoidance System [UCAS
DigiPLOT/AIS on e-Chart

AIS/ARPA interface superimposes appropriate AIS symbols on 
                                  Head up ARPA  display radar showing closest 40 echo’s true vectors                                        

DigiPilot Fuel Saving Technology                                       DigiPLOT Collision Avoidance

Fuel Cost Can be 30% to 60% of the Operating Cost for Ship Ownersnew fuel economy shipping retro-fit maritime shipping

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RTCM Adaptive Autopilot PDF

DIGIPILOT is a Smart Autopilot that Optimizes Ship Rudder Movement to Provide Significant Savings in Both Dollars and Time.

20 of The Adaptive Autopilot Systems were Sold Yielding 1-3% Fuel Savings
This Fuel Savings can Translate into 6 to 12% Increase in your Profit.

DIGIPILOT is a “smart autopilot add-on” that optimizes ship’s rudder movement providing fuel efficiency, significant fuel savings in dollars and shortened trip time. The system was originally engineered for ships of 10,000 gross tons and larger in which self-adjusting steering control with very slow controlled turns even then provided substantial annual fuel savings of $25,000. Now savings is ten times more and can be easily retrofitted on existing smaller, high fuel usage ships having standard autopilots- vessels and fleets that can benefit most from fuel efficiency savings.

AutoMATE Marine Systems, LLC was incorporated to resume production of its highly successful DIGIPILOT

retrofit fuel saving technology rudder controller maritime shipping fuel efficiencyAUTOMATE™ products leverage 13 years and $6 million of pioneering development cost from the founders’ previous company on $41M sales of bridge automation systems on 550 ships that experienced 60 million hours of at sea automatic operation.

Patent(s) on improved technology of sensors, algorithms and control solutions are included in the re-hosting of software for today’s faster marine computer/displays, add-on ARPAs and ECDIS.

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