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THE BLACK BOX The monkey island is also home to the ship’s radar mast and is where the ship’s black box is installed. Serving the same function as an aeroplane’s black box, it registers a range of technical data that provide all the information on the ship’s operation from the navigation bridge and engine room. Above all, it contains data vital in the work of authorities investigating the cause of an accident. - Every ship is equipped with an emergency transmitter that can pinpoint a ship’s position if it sinks. The transmitter is called an EPIRB, which stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, and is also installed in the monkey island, explains Alex Hjortnæs.

OMT MERMAID DESIGN FOR CMA CGM CMA CGM has ordered four 3,300 TEU containerships at Cosco Zhoshan Shipyard. The design is based on OMT Mermaid design platform, which is a high intake, shallow draught design with best-in-class fuel efficiency.

THE MAGNETIC COMPASS Last, but not least, the monkey island houses the ship’s magnetic compass, which, in order to correctly indicate the ship’s bearing, has to be located as far away as possible from any steel structures that might affect the magnetic needle. For the same reason, the compass is often mounted on a small stainless steel base, which is not magnetic. A gyrocompass is used on the navigation bridge, but the magnetic compass serves as an important back-up if it breaks down. If the gyrocompass fails in the mid-Atlantic, the ship will continue sailing on course with the help of the magnetic compass. However, a ship must never leave port without fully functional instruments – which goes for both the gyrocompass and the magnetic compass.

WHY MONKEY ISLAND? So why is the upper accommodation deck known as the monkey island? There is no official explanation, but an unofficial, rather obvious, theory is the many masts on the monkey island that the ship’s crew often have to scramble up – just as monkeys might have done, had any been nearby. SOURCE: NORDEN NEWS SPRING 2016

The monkey island is an important place on the ship, because this is where we find the equipment that enables the ship to communicate with the rest of the world.


he containership design has been tailor-made the special requirements of CMA CGM in terms of capacity and speed.

The new order for the Mermaid 3,300 design is an important milestone in OMT’s business strategy for becoming a leading designer of containerships to China’s maritime industry. The Mermaid containership design portfolio covers various innovate and highly effective design in the range between 1,500 TEU and 4,000 TEU. All designs have a highly optimised and effective hull form, with excellent energy performance and high container intake. LINDØ OMT is a leading maritime consultancy building on the heritage of design and shipbuilding experience from the former Odense Steel Shipyard founded by A. P. Moller in Odense in 1917. OMT employs 150 naval architects and marine engineers and is one of the largest independent ship design entities in Europe. OMT’s head office is located in Odense, Denmark with branch offices in Copenhagen, Shanghai and Bangalore.

- Alex Hjortnæs, Senior Newbuilding Manager, Norden


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