Finland-based technology group, Wärtsilä, is to provide each of five ice-breaking LNG carriers being built for the Arctic LNG-2 project with two identical bridge systems. One of the two bridges will be placed in a normal position whilst the second will be installed at 180°, thereby allowing icebreakers to move both forward and aft.
Each bridge system will be equipped with a multi-function display at 12 workstations with functionality including ECDIS, radar, conning navigation information systems, bridge alert alarm management system, route planner, and VSAT and Iridium satellite communications systems.
The systems were ordered in the first quarter of 2020 with Wärtsilä Voyage, the group’s new digital business division, and are now being executed, in partnership with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries. The installations are similar to those supplied for LNG carriers built for Yamal LNG between 2014 and 2018, of which Christophe de Margerie was lead ship in the series. The installations are fully compliant with the requirement of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Bureau Veritas. Installation of the equipment, scheduled between now and 2023, will enable each vessel to operate year-round in Arctic conditions and temperatures as low as minus 52°C.