Ektank adds new autopilot to tanker

Swedish shipping company Ektank has agreed a deal for the installation of a new autopilot from Anschütz on one of its oil tankers.

The NautoPilot 5300 NX was installed on board the vessel M/T Ekfjord, a 17,000-dwt double skin tanker with DNV’s NAUT-OC notation that operates globally.

The new autopilot will be used to improve the efficiency of ship operations, offering various functions to optimise steering performance to save fuel and lower emissions.

Other functions include an ECO mode which filters out regular ship movements due to weather or sea conditions and reduces rudder movements, as well as a Course Control mode that guides the ship over the shortest distance with low rudder angles.

A heading and rudder plot allows navigators to monitor how efficiently the autopilot is steering to control optimisation of the parameter settings.

“We are delighted that Ektank has decided in favour of our autopilot for the modernisation of its high-quality ships,” said Jörn Fischbach, Sales Manager for Scandinavia at Anschütz.

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