AGPE Marine cruise control
VCU’s Marine Cruise Control has been on the market since 2005 and was developed in collaboration with Electro Service Urk (ESU). After several methods and rounds of pre-testing, two products have been fabricated:
- AGP (Pneumatic) Marine Cruise Control
- AGE (Electronic) Marine Cruise Control
The difference between the pneumatic and the electronic versions is the way in which the regulator is powered.
The principal behind the AGP(E) is quite simple. The ship’s speed in a particular mode is determined using the GPS system. The desired speed can then be entered, after which the AGP(E) controls the motor’s regulator. If a turn has to be made for the tide fore example, the motor will automatically reduce speed in order to maintain the entered speed. This has proven in practice to have a gas oil-saving effect
'In practice, the AGP(E) Marine Cruise Control has proven to have a gas oil-saving effect!'
Installation of the AGP(E) is very straightforward. The piloting piece can be placed in the pilot room. The system must be connected to the GPS and the regulator.
After several years, the AGP(E) Marine Cruise Control is still used by many vessels. As such, several user reviews have been written about the product. The AGP(E) Marine Cruise Control’s development has also been featured in the media. Below are two articles from 2006 about the AGP(E) Marine Cruise Control.
Click here for the article 'Fuel-efficiency at constant speeds' (with user reviews)
Click here for the article 'Cruise Control is in'
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