Advance Trident Protects New Zealand's Coast with Simrad
New Zealand Customs' latest addition to their fleet - the Hawk V was commissioned on International Customs Day 2018, and is the fifth in the line of "Hawks" that have been protecting our waters since 1881. The new Hawk V was purpose-built to boost New Zealand Customs' ability to identify risk, non-compliance in the marine environment and carry out enforemcent activities.
Locally designed and built by Whanganui boat-builders Q-West, the Hawk V is the fastest patrolvessel to date. She is designed to accomodate a seagoing crew for extended covert and overy patrols; protecting our territorial waters out to 24 nautical miles. It is of the utmost importance that the Hawk V is equipped with the latest marine electronics. In 2017, a joint customs and police "Operation Hercules" resulted in the largest New Zealand Cocaine seizure to date - 46 kg's of smuggled cocaine was caught coming to New Zealand from South America.
In 2017, Brett and the team at Advance Trident was approached with putting together a networked system that is not only high performance, but offers a great deal of redundancy at sea. The electronics suits a wide range of crew talents and requirements. Advance Trident was chosen for this project due to expertise with coast guard and rescue vessels, and previously supplied and commssioned electronics for Customs' previous vessel - the Hawk IV.
Advance Trident's director Brett Geldard who managed this project mentioned "this vessel will definitely add to NZ Custom's capabilities in present and future, and the electronics on board will support Custom's activities protecting our waters in the years to come".
Customs New Zealand had specific requirements what what they expect at three main stations. Advance Trident's talented Service Manager, Scott Bailey created a complex, yet intuitive Simrad system that exceeds expectations, and is simple enough for crew to understand. The gear was supplied and commissioned by Advance Trident. Feedback from the crew was overwhelmingly positive - such as the brightness and clarity of screens, the dead straight accuracy of the auto pilot, the excellent radar performance and target tracking, and the independance yet networked ability of each screen to be used independently.
The Marine Electronics & Equipment includes:
- 4x Simrad NSS16 Evo3 - 16' Multi Function Displays
- Simrad AP70 Commercial Auto Pilot Controller and computer
- Simrad AIS Kit
- 2x Simrad RS90 Black Box Radios
- 2x Simrad HS90 VHF Remotes
- 4x Simrad IS42 Instrument screens
- Navionics Platinum Plus NZ Charts
- 6x Panasonic CCTV Screens & Monitoring System
- Ritchie Magnetic Survey Compass
- Fusion Marine Surround Sound System
- ICOM SSB Radio
- Intellian Satellite TV Antenna
- Simrad Halo-4 Radar - 4 foot
- Simrad 4G Radar for redundancy
- Airmar SS60 Through-Hull Transducer
- Simrad Structure Scan 3D Module & transducer
- SCAN High Performance Antennas 2.4m - for VHF, AIS and HF
- Web Boat 4G Marine Internet
- FLIR MX High Resolution Day & Night Vision Camera
- AUto Anchor - Chain Counter
Navigation Work Station
- 2x Simrad NSS12 Evo3 - 12" Multi Function Displays
- Simrad HS90 VHF Handset
- Simrad NSS9 Evo3 - 9" Multi F unction Displays
Please see below for gallery:
The Hawk V before her sea trial
Exterior rear view - the Simrad Halo-4 Radar, 4G Radar, Intellian Satellite Dome, Web Boat Dome and FLIR camera
Helm to show the NSS16 Screens, IS42 instruments, AP70 Auto Pilot Controller & VHF Handset
Navigation Work Station featuring NSS12 Simrad Screens and VHF Handset