Wärtsilä’s navigation system to be fitted on board Finnish ropax

2019-09-13T20:50:04+00:00 September 13th, 2019|Technology|

Wasaline’s new ropax, currently under construction at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC in Finland, will be fitted with a Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum navigation and communication system.

This latest order, placed with Wärtsilä in August, is in addition to the comprehensive package of Wärtsilä products, systems, and integrated solutions ordered earlier. These solutions include Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines, hybrid propulsion and power management, and the capability to operate on LNG and BioLNG fuel.

Wärtsilä said that its Nacos Platinum system represents a unique combination of control systems for navigation, automation, power and propulsion, as well as the Wärtsilä Data Bridge platform. By integrating all these functions into a single integrated system, the vessel can be navigated, controlled, and monitored from various on board positions.

The data bridge solution enables advanced Wärtsilä data analytics optimised by Eniram that give insights into the vessel’s performance, thereby unlocking further potential for enhancing the vessel’s operational and technical efficiency, the company claimed, adding that with ship systems becoming increasingly connected, Wärtsilä’s competences in advanced electrical and automation (E&A) solutions is playing an important role in the development of intelligent vessels.

The Nacos Platinum system is a key ingredient in fully connected vessels.

“Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach is to develop the technologies that enable greater efficiency and better environmental performance, and that approach is perfectly defined with our solutions for this vessel. For example, the CO2 emissions will be 50% less than those of the current ferry serving this route. Adding to that, the Nacos Platinum system will further enhance the ship’s operational and navigational efficiency,” said Henrik Wilhelms, Director, Offshore & Special vessels, Wärtsilä Marine.

“Our ferry will be something exceptional and it will feature the most advanced and reliable technology. After 21 years as Captain in all waters, I have experienced most of the systems on the market. For us the Wärtsilä solutions were the best choice as the products and systems meet all requirements,” said Peter Ståhlberg, Wasaline CEO.

“Based on the needs and requirements of Wasaline, the RMC shipyard has ambitiously developed this new ferry with a focus on the latest environmental technology. In this context, we are pleased that Wärtsilä will supply its Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system, since our evaluations have found this to be the optimum alternative,” added Håkan Enlund, RMC’s EVP Sales & Marketing.

The Wasaline ferry service connecting Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden is operated by NLC Ferry. This latest addition to the fleet is scheduled for delivery in April, 2021.