Installation, Operation and Maintenance

The VDR2000 is easy to install, service and upgrade, resulting in low installation and life cycle costs. The VDR2000 is small in size with low weight, and its use of COTS components ensures well proven solutions and high reliability.
The VDR2000 is maintenance free and requires no attention from shipboard personell once fitted (automatic operation).

Protective Capsule

The HVR is a two-piece design: A mountingbase sub-assembly, which is fastened directly to the ship, and a removable, hardened memory sub-assembly attached to the mounting base with a quick releasing v-band clamp. The HVR has an externally mounted, under-water Location Beacon, and is painted in a highly visible fluorescent orange, with white reflective labels and SOLAS reflective tape containing the text:


The VDR2000 is designed to record and maintain a retrivable record of the ship’s nautical, technical and safety data, and is presently in its third generation. Like the black boxes carried on aircraft, VDRs enable accident investigators to review procedures and instructions in the moments before an incident, and help to identify its cause. All data is stored in both the protective capsule (Hardened Voyage Recorder-HVR) and on the hard disk in the VDR2000. The stored data can be downloaded and analyzed for investigation purpose, training and simulation at any time.

Standards and approvals

The VDR2000 meets the IMO Performance Standard A.861(20), the EU Directive 1999/35/EC and the IEC 61996
Test Specifications. VDR2000 is EC type approved (Wheelmark) according to EU Council Directive 96/98/EC of
20 December on Marine Equipment, as amended by directive 2002/75/EC.


As standard the VDR2000 is provided with the following interfaces:
• 8 serial lines supporting RS422 and RS 485, complying with IEC 61162-1/2 input specification and NMEA.
   Protocols from our libraries are supplied free of charge. Please see below.
• Radar interface according to IEC 61996.
• 4 microphone units for recording of bridge audio.
• 2 channels for recording of VHF.
• 8 Analog 0-10V, 4-20mA and special signals.
• 32 digital channels for ON/OFF signals. Optionally the following interfaces can be provided:
• Up to a total of 16 serial lines according to above specification.
• Protocols for interface of non IEC 61162- 1/2 signals e.g. automation and control system.
• Analog 0-10V, 4-20mA, digital signals and special signals.
• Gyro/Log interface for non-serial inputs from gyro and speed log systems.
• Ethernet interface to navigation systems and other systems.