Tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl gets digital makeover

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The tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, built in 1914 and scheduled to undertake a 19-month circumnavigation of the globe in 2021 to promote the One Ocean sustainability project, has been updated for the 21st century with the installation of a new package of digital systems from Kongsberg.

The ship will use the Kongsberg Vessel Insight platform for energy management and fuel consumption optimisation during its journey, and has also been outfitted with a full navigation package with radar, AIS and ECDIS.

The systems have been supplied to Statsraad Lehmkuhl under a sponsorship arrangement and have a market value of approximately $290,000, Kongsberg says.

The One Ocean sustainability project aims to unite the people of the world in building and exchanging knowledge for a sustainable ocean, as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

“Our technologies will be assisting the vessel to operate safely and sustainably on this incredible voyage, as well as in navigating in some of the most challenging waters on the planet,” said Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime.

“Norway is at the forefront of the struggle to preserve our maritime environment, and Kongsberg Maritime is delighted to support One Ocean in this exciting and vital conservation project.”

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is scheduled to set sail from Bergen in 2021 and will call at 30 ports worldwide. The route has been designed to take advantage of established favourable winds, enabling as much sailing as possible and assuming a low average speed in the interests of sustainability.

During the cruise, the crew of Statsraad Lehmkuhl will collaborate with the Institute of Marine Research and with universities on hydrographic activities and sharing data on sustainable technologies.

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