Guidance Marine wins Dynamic Positioning Award for their RangeGuard® system

February News

At the Offshore Support Journal Annual Awards in London, the RangeGuard Monopole system was voted to receive the Dynamic Positioning 2017 Award. The Dynamic Positioning Award is awarded to the developer of an innovative DP product or system, or contractor responsible for an especially innovative application of DP on a project. Over 4,000 votes across the categories were cast before Guidance Marine collected the accolade earlier this month. 

2016 saw the launch of a new type of sensor that is changing the way vessels operate and position within wind farms. RangeGuard is the first sensor from Guidance Marine that does not use physical targets. It uses radar reflections from its surroundings to calculate precisely the vessel’s range to the nearest object in its field of view. Combining the information from two sensors allows range and bearing to be calculated and input into the dynamic positioning (DP) system of a vessel to give the first targetless DP local position reference sensor (PRS).

"The RangeGuard Monopole system introduces a new method of position measurement – fully independent of DGPS or laser systems. The elimination of targets delivers significant cost and operational benefits with every gangway deployment. In a multi-asset environment such as a wind farm the case for RangeGuard Monopole becomes overwhelming"

Andrew Stead - Head of Sales, Guidance Marine
The system has been installed on-board the Windea La Cour, the vessel also an award winner, collecting the Offshore Renewables Award at the conference. One of the most advanced vessels ever built specifically for the offshore wind market, the Windea La Cour is working on the Gemini offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The paper DP Positioning - Relative Position Referencing Goes Targetless discusses the latest results from the first fully integrated RangeGuard Monopole system on-board the vessel. 

With over 500 delegates at the evening, the Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Johannes Østensjø for his longstanding commitment to offshore vessel ownership and services. Both Guidance Marine's RangeGuard and RadaScan View systems are currently being trialled on-board the Østensjø Rederi vessel, Edda Ferd.

The award recognises Guidance Marine's approach to technology and innovation, it is a badge of honour that the company will wear with pride, having been made all the sweeter that it is industry recognised from the company's peers within the maritime world.

"We love innovation and high-tech, but as always technology on its own can't win. You need fantastic partners, so I would like to thank our integrator partners on this particular project, Marine Technologies and our end customer Bernhard Schulte who have already won with the Windea La Cour where RangeGuard system is pioneering targetless positioning in the DP world"

Jan Grothusen - CEO, Guidance Marine speaking at the Award's Evening in London

RangeGuard Monopole System

The first targetless DP Sensor for station-keeping at a wind turbine

Guidance Marine are the first company to offer a local DP Position Reference Sensor (PRS) solution that removes the requirement for targets altogether. The new RangeGuard Monopole system does not use dedicated physical targets - it uses the local environment as its target; typically the leg or lower tower of a wind turbine. Removing the need for physical targets to be installed makes the vessel completely independent and can increase both safety and decrease turnaround times. 

  • Vessel independent of installation (no dedicated targets required)
  • No maintenance
  • Detects objects within 300m
  • No moving parts
  • Additional form of redundancy
  • Reduces turnaround times


For more information on RangeGuard or any other products from Guidance Marine please contact

Position Reference Sensors for Wind Farms - RangeGuard 


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