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Thursday, July 16, 2020 

Wärtsilä, through its Wärtsilä Voyage division, is in the process of supplying complete integrated bridge system (IBS) installations for five ice breaking LNG-fuelled tankers to be constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries for the Arctic LNG-2 project.

Under the contract two equivalent bridges will be placed in the vessels’ superstructures; one being turned 180 degrees from the conventional position. This particular construction will allow the icebreaking vessel to move both forward and aft, thus ensuring safe navigation under adverse Arctic conditions. 

Both navigation bridges of all five LNG tankers will be equipped with the Multifunction Display system consisting of 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 supply includes VSAT and Iridium communication systems. The workstations are fully integrated into a unified system, which allows the main operational functions to be duplicated, thereby improving safety of ice navigation.

Similar sets of equipment were installed on gas-carriers built under Yamal LNG project during 2014-2018 with Christophe de Margerie as the lead ship in the series.

The navigational systems are supplied ready for integration with Wärtsilä Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) which puts previously fragmented services under one platform to lift ship-to-shore synergies and improve operational processes.

“I’m sure that our experience in Yamal-LNG project, along with the high professionalism of South Korean shipbuilders, and the advantages of integrated technologies, will make the LNG tankers under construction truly effective for solving urgent tasks and developing safe navigation in the Arctics,” said Igor Gapeshko, MD Transas Navigator product line within Wärtsilä Voyage. 

All the equipment installed on board is fully compliant with the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Bureau Veritas (BV). It is designed and tested to operate all year-round in heavy Arctic conditions at temperatures down to 52°C below zero. The installation of the equipment is scheduled for 2020-2023.

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