Wärtsilä to Equip Integrated Bridge Systems on 5 LNG Carriers

Finish marine manufacturing company, Wärtsilä, has been contracted to deliver a complete bridge systems installation for five icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled tankers for the Arctic LNG-2 project, according to a press release.

The installation of the equipment is scheduled for 2020-2023 and will be operational to a temperature of minus 52 degrees celcius.   

The Arctic LNG-2 project is a Russian LNG production project in the Salmanovsky gas field. The project involves the construction of three LNG production lines with a capacity of 6.6 million tons per year, as well as stable gas condensate. The total capacity of three lines is projected to be 19.8 million tons of LNG per year. 

As per the contract, two equivalent bridges will be placed in vessels’ superstructure; one of them is turned 180 degrees from the conventional position. This construction allows icebreakers to move both forward and backward, ensuring safe vessel navigation in adverse climate conditions. 

Both navigation bridges of all five LNG tankers will be equipped with the Multifunction Display system. This includes ECDIS, Radar, Conning navigation information display system, BAMS alarm tracking system, and Navi-Planner for advanced route planning. Fully integrated workstations into a unified system allow the main operational functions to be duplicated and thus improve the safety of ice navigation.