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We developed our Fugro Oceanstar navigation sensor and onboard decision support system for the shipping industry, to improve navigational accuracy and safety, and to reduce operating costs.

The system is type-approved for global navigation satellite system (GNSS) position, transmitting heading device, rate-of-turn indicator and speed and distance measuring equipment. It’s particularly useful for berthing operations and navigation in confined waters, and is ideal for large vessels, like passenger and cruise ships, container vessels, ferries, roll-on roll-off vessels, bulk carriers and tankers within the Merchant Navy.


The Fugro Oceanstar Core System is an attitude and heading calculation engine. It uses data from multiple survey-grade GNSS receivers and a motion sensor to calculate the position, speed and attitude of a vessel. The receivers are typically located fore and aft, and to port and starboard. The Core System uses advanced GNSS calculations to measure the ship’s position, orientation and movement with centimetre-level accuracy. It broadcasts signals that meet the highest standards of reliability, availability and integrity.

Data processing and interfacing are handled by a dedicated computer within the Core cabinet – typically, the cabinet is placed in an equipment or instrument room alongside other electronic equipment, to simplify interconnections. A separate touch-screen Core Display computer, located on the bridge, provides intuitive and dedicated graphical views for each navigation function.

The Fugro Oceanstar Core System offers the following WheelMark-certified navigation equipment functions, each of which meets the relevant ISO and IEC standards and has a user-friendly Core Display showing calculated values:

  • GNSS position - survey-grade GNSS receivers use all available satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo) to calculate a composite GNSS position. The Core Display shows latitude, longitude, position quality and other positioning information
  • Transmitting heading device - the Core System calculates and outputs a precise GNSS-derived heading
  • Rate-of-turn-indicator - the Core System calculates accurate rate of turn based on changes in the ship’s heading
  • Speed and distance measuring equipment (SDME) - the Core System calculates precise ship speed along longitudinal and transverse axes, and distance travelled

Fugro Oceanstar offers vessels and captains a navigation system that is easy to use and maintenance-free. It incorporates approved and ‘WheelMarked’ equipment for the maritime shipping industry which meets the relevant ISO and IEC standards.

The key benefits are:

  • Provides vessels with an accurate and trusted GNSS position protected by our Satguard spoofing detection
  • Lowers operating costs by providing accurate headings that reduce distance travelled and fuel consumption
  • Improves the safety and efficiency of berthing operations by reducing incidents and saving time

Contact Fugro Oceanstar

Europe / Global
+47 2150 1400

+1 713785 5850

Asia Pacific
+65 6542 5001


+47 21 50 14 20

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