The photos clearly show that the coaster has a very large blind spot. The Orlaco camera system solves this by providing ample visibility around the vessel. The cargo of wood had been loaded on the ship's hatches in very high stacks. This created a large blind spot on this narrow channel and its correspondingly narrow locks. The 13.40 metre-wide vessel had to navigate these locks, with the opening of one particular lock measuring only 13.55 metres. Thanks to the images on the monitor, the captain was easily able to manoeuvre his vessel safer and more efficiently.
Without cameras, the vessel and its large blind spot would not have been allowed on the channel, as the pilot deemed it unsafe. Restricted visibility increases the chances of damage. Without the camera system, the cargo would have had to be stacked one metre lower. The camera monitor systems have earned themselves back in the process. Wijnne Barends shipping company has fitted four of its coasters – Lady Anna, Lady Anneke, Lady Alexandra and Lady Amalia – with five Orlaco cameras each.
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