Denmark-based container shipping major Maersk Line A/S has selected Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum integrated navigation, automation, and propulsion control systems to be built in its 27 new containerships.
The container vessels are under construction at yards in China and South Korea. With the contracts inked in July and October 2015, and January 2016, Wärtsilä is to provide a power management system and control consoles, as well as external communication facilities. The equipment delivery is scheduled to commence in April 2016.
The integrated system covers the control systems for navigation, automation, power and propulsion, allowing the vessel to be navigated, controlled, and monitored from various onboard positions.
With the increasing levels of automation and ship connectivity of essential sources of information, there is a potential for achieving further operation expenditure reductions, as the company claims.
“We are looking at a global service and support network as one parameter when systems are selected. Furthermore, with the ongoing and growing need for data availability, both internally as well as externally, Maersk Line finds the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum an attractive solution.
“We also foresee many synergies across the 3 projects, not only in the design phase but also later when the vessels enter service, since operations with further innovation and developments are simpler and faster with one single supplier responsible for the whole system, rather than with several,” Jørgen Hansen, Maersk Line Ship Management comments.