Futureproof, new system – yet familiar
The new system was installed during planned maintenance and to avoid causing inconvenience to the passengers in form of rescheduled timetables, the two ferries were retrofitted one at the time.
Simon and his colleague support engineer Jens Martin Roslev went to Germany to replace the existing system with the Delomatic 4 system. Jens Martin and Simon de-installed the Delomatic-3 system, installed the new hardware and introduced the crew to the new system and touch screens onboard Tabor. The Delomatic 4 system fitted the space in the existing switchboard, but the system also is based on the same philosophy and therefore it required a minimum of re-wiring and the existing protocol to the alarm- and monitoring system was adjusted to match.
A large effort was made to make similar settings as on the previous system to make the crew feel confident about operating the system. The touch screens make it much easier to get an overview of the power management system and to operate the system.
After a couple of weeks, Simon and Jens Martin once again went to Germany to perform the same procedure on the second ferry, M/F Kreuzlingen. The retrofit was completed, and the crew was instructed in using the new system and the touch screens. Now the two ferries again are ready to transporting passengers and cars across Lake Constance for many years.