A new Wärtsilä business unit will supply complete bridge systems for five ice-breaking LNG carriers being built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for Novatek’s Arctic LNG-2 project
Wärtsilä Voyage, a new business unit of Wärtsilä responsible for digital solutions and decision support tools to enhance safety and reliability of shipping operations, will supply the systems.
Under the contract, two equivalent bridges will be installed in each vessel, one turned 180° from the conventional position. This unusual configuration will allow the LNG carriers to operate safely both forward and aft during ice-breaking conditions in the Arctic.
All of the navigation bridges for the five LNG carriers will be equipped with 12 multifunction workstations with a full set of basic applications, including ECDIS, radar, conning navigation information display system, BAMS alarm tracking system, and Navi-Planner for advanced route planning. The scope of Wärtsilä’s solutions also includes VSAT and Iridium satellite communication systems. The workstations are fully integrated into a unified system, which allows the main operational functions to be duplicated, thereby improving ice navigation safety.
Similar sets of equipment were installed on Christophe de Margerie and the other LNG carriers built for the Yamal LNG project.
The navigational systems planned for installation are ready for integration with Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Solution which integrates all navigational processes and voyage data to improve information exchange between the crew and onshore operations centre.
The equipment installed on board is fully compliant with the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Bureau Veritas. The equipment is designed and tested to operate year-round in heavy Arctic conditions at temperatures down to -52°C. The installation of the equipment is scheduled for 2020 to 2023.
The Arctic LNG-2 project will produce, store and ship LNG and gas condensate from the Salmanovsky gas field of the Gydan Peninsula. The project involves constructing three trains, each with a nameplate capacity of 6.6 mta, as well as stable gas condensate. The total capacity of three trains will be 19.8 mta of LNG.
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