Wärtsilä supplies Integrated Bridge Systems for Arctic LNG carriers


Technology group Wärtsilä reports that it has been contracted to install integrated bridge systems (IBS) on five ice-breaking LNG carriers under construction for the Arctic LNG-2 project at the Salmanovsky gas field in the Gydan Peninsula.

The order was placed in Q1 with Wärtsilä Voyage – the group’s new business unit responsible for digital solutions and decision support tools – with installation work now underway at Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea, for completion by 2023.

Each tanker will be fitted with two identical bridges, one of them turned through 180 degrees to allow the vessel to move both forward and aft as required in difficult ice conditions. The bridges will be equipped with  Multifunction Display system consisting of 12 integrated multifunction workstations, all fully compatible with Wartsila Fleet Operations Solution (FOS) unified platform.

Igor Gapeshko, md of the Transas Navigator product line within Wärtsilä Voyage, said the IBS equipment – coupled with Wärtsilä and Samsung’s previous experience working on the Yamal LNG carriers – would help make the new tankers “truly effective for solving urgent tasks and developing safe navigation in the Arctics.”

All equipment being installed is fully compliant with the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Bureau Veritas, and has been designed and tested to operate all year-round in heavy Arctic conditions at temperatures down to 52°C below zero.



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