SAM Electronics to Retrofit Bridge Systems for Scandlines
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that via its Danish subsidiary, L-3 Lyngsø Marine, it was awarded a contract to retrofit navigation facilities aboard four double-ended passenger and freight ferries operated by the German-Danish ferry company, Scandlines.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide our advanced NACOS Platinum navigation system for one of Europe’s largest ferry organizations,” said Maik Stoevhase, managing director of L-3 SAM Electronics, ANC. “The unique combination of integrated route planning, monitoring and track control will significantly reduce the workload for the navigators and improve navigational safety.”
The four ships being retrofitted are the M/F Deutschland, M/F Prins Richard, M/F Prinsesse Benedikte and M/F Schleswig-Holstein, which all operate the short-distance route between Puttgarden, Germany, and Rødby, Denmark. Each vessel is designed as a double-ended ferry and will be fitted with L-3’s NACOS Platinum navigation systems on the bow and stern bridges. The retrofit will be completed with the addition of a full set of navigation sensors, including AIS, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders and wind/weather navigation aids.
All workstations on both bridges will be interconnected by a Turbo Ring Ethernet to deliver a complete level of redundancy and ensure the highest possible standards of operational safety and efficiency.
Each NACOS Platinum assembly comprises X- and S-band radars linked to two multifunction Multipilot workstations for centralized control of all main radar, ECDIS and conning operations, in addition to those for automatic steering, track control and route planning. Once collectively merged, the radars will deliver 360-degree coverage and visibility.
The first vessel to be retrofitted with NACOS Platinum will be M/F Deutschland, and the installation will be performed by the Gdansk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa S.A. in Poland.
Scandlines was established in 1998 and is one of the largest shipping companies in Europe. On three high-frequency and high-capacity routes between Germany, Denmark and Sweden, Scandlines offers efficient, reliable transport for passengers and freight customers. The focus is on good service and a variety of activities on board ship, as well as extensive shopping opportunities in the BorderShops on shore. In 2013, Scandlines transported 11 million passengers, 2.5 million cars and 0.7 million cargo units on its Puttgarden-R