Highlander HLD-B2 & HLD-S2 (End of Life)


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The Highlander HLD-B2 & HLD-S2 S-VDR is one of Highlander’s primary marine products.

Highlander’s “marine black box” provide real-time recording and retrievable data; capturing vessel position changes, command & control, navigation course, maritime conditions, etc., all geared to enhance safe voyage and for analysis in the event of a navigation-related accident.

These second generation Highlander HLD-B2 & HLD-S2 models are international standard-compliant and integrate state-of-the-art design schemes to interface primary bridge systems and sensors; with installation on 5,000+ vessels worldwide.


  • Highly reliable embedded operating systems
  • Detailed log backup & remote fault diagnosis
  • Real time playback software & interface provided
  • Data Accessibility: PC Connectivity via Local Area Network, enables ship data replay or copy by any PC on-board
  • Radar Interface – HLD-B2 VDR able to record up to 4 radars
  • Flexible & adaptable configurations – Analog & digital signal inputs, Inmarsat interface, long distance annual performance test (additional devices required)
  • Easy to install on variety of ships – compact & lightweight
  • Optional components: Removable Storage Module, Data Acquisition Unit


IMO VDR requirements
Under regulation 20 of SOLAS chapter V on Voyage data recorders (VDR), the following ships are required to carry VDRs:

· passenger ships constructed on or after 1 July 2002;

· ro-ro passenger ships constructed before 1 July 2002 not later than the first survey on or after 1 July 2002;

· passenger ships other than ro-ro passenger ships constructed before 1 July 2002 not later than 1 January 2004; and

· ships, other than passenger ships, of 3,000 gross tonnage and upwards constructed on or after 1 July 2002.

VDRs are required to meet performance standards “not inferior to those adopted by the Organization”.

Performance standards for VDRs were adopted in 1997 and give details on data to be recorded and VDR specifications. They state that the VDR should continuously maintain sequential records of pre-selected data items relating to status and output of the ship’s equipment and command and control of the ship. The VDR should be installed in a protective capsule that is brightly colored and fitted with an appropriate device to aid location. It should be entirely automatic in normal operation.

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