Navis Engineering Delivers DP System for Viking Grace
Finland-headquartered DP manufacturer Navis Engineering has delivered its dynamic positioning system for the innovative cruise ferry Viking Grace.
The 214-m long Viking Grace, delivered to her owner Viking Lines by the Turku-located STX Europe shipyard on January 10, 2013, is said to be one of the most environmentally-friendly ships built. It is the first large scale passenger ferry to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNGLF), which reduces emissions significantly.
The DP system delivered by Navis Engineering is a non-redundant DP0 (joystick control system) solution comprising two control stations located in the wheelhouse wings. It will be used mostly for docking the cruise ferry at points on the Turku – Mariehamn – Stockholm route.
Viking Grace is one of the several innovative vessels equipped with the Navis DP system. These include the ice-class OSV Vitus Bering, delivered last week to the Russia’s largest shipowner SovComFlot, the multi-purpose bio-fuel powered deck cargo vessel Aura II and the series of 30 axe-bow FSIV vessels built by Damen.