Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Fleet Operations system for Sovcomflot’s fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers, including the outfitting of a shore based control centre for real-time decision support.
The technology package has been developed by Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company, and includes an integrated infrastructure combining bridge systems, Cloud data management, data services, decision support tools, and access to real-time information.
The navigation systems installed onboard the company’s vessels operating in Arctic waters will be upgraded to offer real-time ship-to-shore data exchange capabilities, connecting the onboard equipment with Sovcomflot’s shore-based operations centre.
“We are happy to continue this cooperation with our longstanding partner Wärtsilä/Transas, who always provides us with high quality and efficient products. For example, all our latest newbuild Arctic tankers, LNG carriers, and offshore supply vessels are equipped with integrated navigation systems from Transas,” said Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer at Sovcomflot.
“The Fleet Operations solution will support our strategy, which is aimed towards sustainable development of our Arctic operations.”
Sovcomflot shuttle tankers operate year-round in Russian Arctic waters, with the project expected to be completed before the end of 2019. The fleet operations centre, located in the company’s St Petersburg headquarters, has already been commissioned.