Maritime Tech Trends Digital
With digitalization technologies sweeping through maritime, Henrik Segercrantz, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Helsinki, explores latest developments in the quest to harness the power of 'big data.'Wärtsilä's Smart Marine EcosystemWärtsilä continues to build its leadership resume in marine and energy markets, boasting net sales of $5.7 billion last year, supported by 18,000 employees with operations in more than 80 countries. Increasingly Wärtsilä is using ‘smart’ technologies in its growing scope of products for the maritime industry…
With $23.5B in Waste, Maritime is 'Trending Digital'
Timely with the announcement today that Kongsberg is buying Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, the July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, out shortly, covers in depth the digitization technologies sweeping maritime, as written by MR's Finnish correspondent Henrik Segercrantz. Earlier this year Segercrantz, based in Helsinki, met with a number of leaders in the push toward digitization, including Jörgen Strandberg, Captain, General Manager of ANC Advanced Technology…
Wärtsilä Launches Updated Version of its Nacos Platinum Series
The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control systems has been updated to include a number of new functions. The updated version will be introduced at the SMM conference and exhibition taking place in Hamburg, Germany from September 5 to 9. Among the most interesting of the new functions is Intelligent Route Planning, which takes into account weather and sea conditions to provide route and power optimisation and, therefore, notable fuel savings. Automated execution is also available.
Wärtsilä Electrical Systems for SIEM RoRo Ferries
Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to provide integrated turnkey electrical solutions for four new RoRo ferries being built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) yard in Germany. The electrical systems to be delivered include all products and services available from Wärtsilä SAM Electronics. The vessels are contracted by SIEM RoRo Carriers Ltd., and two will be chartered to Denmark's DFDS and two to EKOL of Turkey. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the second quarter of this year.
FarSounder 3D Sonar for NACOS Platinum
FarSounder, a developer of 3D forward looking sonar systems for navigation and obstacle avoidance, announced it has entered an integration partnership with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics. The partnership will see 3D sonar data from FarSounder’s navigation systems visualized and controlled directly from all NACOS MULTIPILOT workstations. The unique forward-looking capabilities of FarSounder's navigation products add a new dimension of situational awareness to the NACOS Platinum Series.
Wärtsilä Acquires L-3 MSI
Wärtsilä Corporation announced that its acquisition of the Germany based L-3 Marine Systems International (MSI) has been finalized and control of the company will be transferred to Wärtsilä with effect from June 1, 2015. In December 2014, Wärtsilä announced that agreement had been reached to acquire MSI from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. using financing from existing cash resources and credit facilities. The transaction is valued at MEUR 285 (enterprise value). After estimated adjustments of cash, working capital, and pension liabilities, the purchase price is estimated to be MEUR 295. The final purchase price will be determined based on closing accounts. The acquisition received Korean merger control clearance in March and EU clearance in April.
Safebridge Adds Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Training
Online simulation training specialist Safebridge will launch a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a supplier of ships’ bridge systems, has appointed Safebridge and its sister company MSG MarineServe GmbH as authorized training providers for Kelvin Hughes ECDIS products. The new course is available online through the Safebridge cloud-based Internet infrastructure, on-board or as classroom-based training through the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) Network. The Safebridge online ECDIS training course includes guided lessons, open freeplay and a competency test.
SAM Electronics Bags Royal Malaysian Navy Order
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide the electrical distribution system for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The ships will be built at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Malaysia, with Design Authority provided by DCNS of France. Deliveries are scheduled between 2017 and 2021. “We are extremely proud to be selected to provide our state-of-the-art technology for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s newest class of ships,” said Armin Groth, managing director of integrated systems at L-3 SAM Electronics.
Electrical Equipment Ordered for New Malaysian Navy Ships
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide the electrical distribution system for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the company announced today. The ships will be built at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Malaysia, with Design Authority provided by DCNS of France. Deliveries are scheduled between 2017 and 2021. The contract makes L-3 SAM Electronics responsible for total project management, planning, engineering and supervision on-site for all cable work, including installation aboard the vessels. It will also coordinate and interface all relevant systems and subsystems as part of a common electrical platform system.
Electronics Retrofit for Taiwanese Research Vessel
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to retrofit propulsion control and automation systems aboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Ta Kuan hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel. The 93-meter-long vessel, built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy in 1995, carries out operations in domestic waters as well as the South China Sea on behalf of Taiwan’s governmental National Science Council and other research institutes. The completion of the retrofit is planned for later this year.
L-3 SAM Electronics to Supply Navigation System for Greek Luxury Yacht
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum Automation Navigation Control System aboard Golden Yachts Ltd's O’Pari3. Built at Lamda Nafs Shipyard, Greece, O’Pari3 is a new 72-meter, 1,166-gross-ton luxury megayacht that will be available for chartering after its planned April 2015 delivery date. The NACOS Platinum navigation system consists of two IP radars linked via an Ethernet ring to three multifunction, multi-pilot workstations that combine ARPA radar…
NACOS Platinum Systems for Two New Star Cruises Liners
L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide its latest NACOS Platinum series aboard two new 150,000-gross-ton cruise ships for Star Cruises. Built by MEYER WERFT at its Papenburg shipyard in northern Germany, the 335-meter-long vessels are due to be delivered in 2016 and 2017. “We are extremely proud to once again be selected to supply Star Cruises with state-of-the-art maritime technology, as well as our NACOS integrated navigation equipment…
SAM Electronics to Retrofit Bridge Systems for Scandlines
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that via its Danish subsidiary, L-3 Lyngsø Marine, it was awarded a contract to retrofit navigation facilities aboard four double-ended passenger and freight ferries operated by the German-Danish ferry company, Scandlines. “We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide our advanced NACOS Platinum navigation system for one of Europe’s largest ferry organizations,” said Maik Stoevhase, managing director of L-3 SAM Electronics, ANC. The four ships being retrofitted are the M/F Deutschland…
Navigation Retrofit for Scandlines Ferries
L-3 SAM Electronics has announced that via its Danish subsidiary, L-3 Lyngsø Marine, it has been awarded a contract to retrofit navigation facilities aboard four double-ended passenger and freight ferries operated by the German-Danish ferry company, Scandlines. The four ships being retrofitted are the M/F Deutschland, M/F Prins Richard, M/F Prinsesse Benedikte and M/F Schleswig-Holstein, which all operate the short-distance route between Puttgarden, Germany, and Rødby, Denmark.
Wärtsilä Acquires L-3 Marine Systems International
Wärtsilä Corporation is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is a business sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment primarily focused on the commercial ship industry. The transaction is valued at MEUR 285 (enterprise value), subject to customary adjustments including an estimated reduction of MEUR 60 for L-3 MSI employee pension-related liabilities to be assumed by Wärtsilä Corporation. Financing for the deal will be from existing cash resources and credit facilities. The acquisition is subject to clearance from the regulatory authorities. The acquisition is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2015.
Carnival Retrofits Fleet with VDR Systems
L-3 SAM Electronics has retrofitted Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet of 24 ships with its Voyage Data Recorder (VDR 4350) system. L-3 SAM Electronics’ VDR 4350 system provides extended recording time and ECDIS-based onboard and onshore replay features, together with options for remote control and maintenance via SATCOM. The modular Ethernet-based VDR 4350 series provides a comprehensive backup capability for the storage and downloading of recorded data. Other features include extended graphics analysis tools that provide simplified export functions to standard Microsoft Office applications.
New Hamburg Süd Ships to Feature Nacos Platinum Systems
L-3 SAM Electronics has announced that, via its L-3 Marine Systems Korea subsidiary, it has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation, automation and control system, as well as communications equipment, aboard three new container vessels for the global shipping company, Hamburg Süd. The 10,600-TEU ships, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea, are scheduled for delivery in 2015. The NACOS Platinum navigation systems each…
L-3 SAM Electronics to Equip Two OSVs
L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide the complete electrical package, including cable engineering and installation, energy distribution, propulsion, lighting and infotainment systems, as well as internal and external communications systems, for two offshore supply vessels for the Norwegian shipowner, Siem Offshore. Built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), located in northern Germany, the 155-meter-long and 31-meter-wide ships are due to be delivered in February and July 2016.
L-3 MSI Supplies Navigation for the Oasis Class
L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation system, including an integrated dynamic positioning system, for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Oasis class, built by STX France at its shipyard in Saint-Nazaire. The 362-meter-long, 227,700-gross-ton ship, with a capacity of 6,360 passengers and a crew of 2,100, will be among the world’s largest cruise liners, together with its sister vessels, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, and is slated for delivery in spring 2016.
L-3 MSI to Equip Third Quantum Class Ship
L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide a range of navigation, lighting and communication systems for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum class. Built by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg shipyard in northern Germany, the 348-metre-long, 158,000-gross-ton ship is the sister vessel to Quantum of the Seassm, due to be delivered this year, and Anthem of the Seassm, to be launched in 2015, both of which have been similarly outfitted with L-3 equipment. “The three-ship project marks the next step in L-3’s growing support of the world’s premier cruise ship fleets with proven, cutting-edge shipboard system solutions,” said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 Marine Systems International.
L-3 SAM Electronics Equips Vidar Heavy-Lift Jack-Up
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has completed the supply and installation of extensive drive equipment, as well as automation, navigation and positioning systems, on board the Heavy-Lift Jack-Up Vessel (HLJV) Vidar, which is operated by HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH for construction and service support of offshore wind farms. The Vidar is the latest in a series of recently completed offshore turnkey projects undertaken by L-3 SAM Electronics on behalf of leading operators in the world’s offshore industry.
L-3 SAM Helps Hamburg Süd Meet California Regulations
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that after one year of preparation time, seven container ships currently chartered by Hamburg Süd and regularly calling at the U.S. West Coast ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Port Hueneme and Oakland, Calif., were equipped with its latest SAMCon high-voltage onshore power connection facilities, enabling the vessels to meet California’s strict clean air regulations. The regulations establish measures for providing shore-based, emission-free electrical power to vessels, allowing their main and auxiliary engines to be disengaged while in port.
L-3 SAM Electronics Promotes Managing Directors
L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) announced today the promotion of Armin Groth and Maik Stoevhase to managing directors of its L-3 SAM Electronics business. As managing directors, Groth and Stoevhase report to Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 MSI. Having worked in the maritime industry for more than 24 years, Groth joined L-3 SAM Electronics in 2006 as managing director of its STN Schiffselektrik subsidiary before he took over SAM’s Integrated Systems business in 2009.