Wärtsilä Voyage will supply integrated bridge systems for a fleet of ice-breaking LNG carriers being built in South Korea for a Russian Arctic export project
Wärtsilä will supply integrated navigation and radiocommunication systems for the 10 LNG-fuelled tankers being constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries to support the Arctic LNG-2 project, which is dedicated to the production, storage and shipment of LNG and gas condensate from the Salmanovsky gas field on the Gydan Peninsula in northern Russia. The vessels will be designed and tested to operate year-round in heavy Arctic conditions at temperatures down to 52°C below zero.
Wärtsilä will supply Navi-Radar, Navi-Sailor and Navi-Conning systems. As these ships will break ice in reverse, they will each have two bridge systems, said Wärtsilä Voyage director of global sales Alex Van Knotsenborg. “We will be placing two bridges in the vessels’ superstructure, with one of them turned 180° from the conventional position,” he said. “This peculiar design will allow the icebreakers to move both forward and aft, thus ensuring safe navigation under adverse Arctic climate conditions.”
Integrated bridge systems will include multifunction display systems on 12 work stations, with ECDIS, radar, conning navigation information, bridge alert management systems and Wärtsilä Navi-Planner for advanced route planning.
The workstations will be fully integrated into a unified network enabling the main operational functions to be duplicated. Wärtsilä said this would improve navigation safety in open waters and through sea ice.
Wärtsilä will also supply Iridium Certus L-band satellite communications to supplement the VSAT connectivity that will be installed on these gas tankers.
The navigational systems come integration-ready with the Wärtsilä’s flagship fleet operations solutions, which “improves ship-to-shore synergies and operational efficiencies by integrating previously fragmented navigational services under one platform” said Wärtsilä.
The equipment will be compliant with the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Bureau Veritas, which are classing these ships.
Equipment installation and delivery of the vessels is scheduled for 2022-2024.
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