The new features include:

  • A new IP66 rated ship analogue microphone, offering a range of benefits over our existing digital microphones, including the cost saving of using existing analogue cabling when retrofitting older variant VDRs. The components are designed for ease of installation and can be used both internally and externally, reducing the need for multiple microphone types and offering greater consistency in fitting and performance. Devised to reduce the complexity of fitting to an existing VDR installation, with retrofit plates available on request, the unit’s flexibility is reflected by its ability to be flush or surface mounted.
  • New VDR Audio Hub that greatly increases the versatility of the VDR installation by offering the flexibility of supporting six simultaneously audio channels. These channels can be individually configured for either analogue microphone or VHF radio interface. The hubs ability to both communicate and be powered via Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows the microphones to be connected and powered directly to the audio hub, removing the need for cable daisy chaining required with digital microphones. The hub configuration can be carried out via the newly developed web-based configuration tool.  The Audio Hub platform reduces the requirement for PoE ports, ideal for expanding VDR systems where more microphones are required. All microphones can be played back on their individual channels.
  • New VDR Player V2 playback software is based on web technologies that allow automatic configuration for common data sources, such as audio, video and NMEA, independent of the VDR configuration. The instinctive user interface allows filtering of the NMEA sources toolbox and supports double bridge system playback.
  • A New VDR Configurator has been developed using web-based technologies allowing system configuration by interfacing directly by the VDR, offering greater time saving efficiency than the previous Player V1 configuration software. The VDR configurator also integrates a VDR Software Upgrade utility making the existing Update Manager application in many ways redundant. The network scan identifies new devices that can be installed, utilises a user-friendly drag and drop interface for adding data sources to be recorded and/or configured. The network scan also highlights installed devices that are out of the VDR network and also installed devices that have dropped off and are missing.
  • Software Upgrades including Bridge Alert Management (BAM) support with Ethernet and Serial BAM alert reporting options available. LWE 450 software updates to support out of network bridge systems and NMEA and BAM Analyzer tools are provided as separate floating windows running from the VDR. For added security the Netwave VDR web site uses secure https connection with optional external VLAN switch for installations requiring a higher level of security.
  • Ease of Installation upgrades with the inclusion of a multi-purpose welding plate with the NW6000 reduces the difficulty of retrofitting fixed capsules from other brands of VDR, by removing the need to weld new fittings in place. Combined with new cabling in the core module to simplify the battery replacement process, the NW6000 upgrades are designed with installation engineers in mind, reducing complexity and improving the user experience.

NetWave NW6000 VDR System: Ensuring Safety at Sea


Welcome to our blog post dedicated to the NetWave NW6000 VDR System! In this article, we’ll delve into the features, benefits, and importance of Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) systems in ensuring safety and compliance in the maritime industry.

Understanding VDR Systems

What is a VDR?

A VDR, or Voyage Data Recorder, is a critical piece of equipment installed on vessels to record and store crucial data related to the ship’s operation and performance. It serves as a “black box” for ships, similar to those used in aviation, providing valuable information for accident investigation and analysis.

The Role of VDRs in Maritime Safety

VDRs play a vital role in enhancing safety and security at sea by capturing essential data such as ship position, speed, heading, audio recordings from the bridge, radar images, and more. In the event of an accident or emergency, this data can provide valuable insights into what transpired, helping authorities determine the cause and take appropriate measures to prevent future incidents.

NetWave NW6000 VDR System

Key Features

The NetWave NW6000 VDR System is a state-of-the-art solution designed to meet the stringent requirements of modern maritime regulations. Here are some key features of the NW6000:

  • High-Quality Data Recording: The NW6000 records a wide range of data with high accuracy and reliability, ensuring that critical information is captured in various operating conditions.

  • Tamper-Proof Design: Built-in security measures prevent unauthorized access or tampering with recorded data, ensuring the integrity of the information for investigative purposes.

  • Ease of Installation: The NW6000 is designed for easy installation on a variety of vessel types, minimizing downtime and disruption to operations.

  • Remote Access and Monitoring: Operators can remotely access and monitor the NW6000 system, allowing for real-time data retrieval and analysis from shore-based locations.

Benefits of the NW6000 VDR System

  • Enhanced Safety: By providing comprehensive data recording capabilities, the NW6000 enhances safety at sea by facilitating accident investigation and analysis.

  • Regulatory Compliance: The NW6000 ensures compliance with international regulations mandating the installation of VDR systems on certain vessels, helping shipowners meet their legal obligations.

  • Operational Efficiency: In addition to safety benefits, the NW6000 can also contribute to operational efficiency by providing valuable insights into vessel performance and crew behavior.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is the NetWave NW6000 VDR System mandatory for all vessels?

A: While regulations vary by jurisdiction and vessel type, the installation of VDR systems like the NW6000 is typically required for certain classes of vessels, especially those engaged in international voyages. Shipowners should consult relevant maritime authorities to determine their specific obligations.

Q: Can the NW6000 VDR System withstand harsh marine environments?

A: Yes, the NW6000 is designed to withstand the rigors of marine environments, including exposure to saltwater, extreme temperatures, and vibrations. Its robust construction ensures reliable performance in even the most challenging conditions.

Q: How often should data from the NW6000 be retrieved and analyzed?

A: While there are no strict guidelines on data retrieval frequency, it’s advisable to regularly download and analyze data from the NW6000 to ensure that it remains accessible and up-to-date. This can help identify potential issues early and facilitate proactive maintenance and troubleshooting.

Q: Can the NW6000 VDR System be integrated with other onboard systems?

A: Yes, the NW6000 is designed for seamless integration with other onboard systems, allowing for enhanced functionality and data sharing capabilities. Integration with navigation, communication, and monitoring systems can further improve operational efficiency and safety.

Q: What type of support is available for the NW6000 VDR System?

A: NetWave provides comprehensive support and maintenance services for the NW6000, including installation assistance, technical support, and software updates. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring that your VDR system operates smoothly and reliably at all times.

The NetWave NW6000 VDR System is an essential tool for enhancing safety, compliance, and operational efficiency in the maritime industry. With its advanced features, robust design, and reliable performance, the NW6000 provides shipowners and operators with peace of mind knowing that critical data is being captured and preserved in accordance with international regulations.