Integrated navigation system installed on polar expedition vessel

The polar cruise vessel National Geographic Resolution, owned by Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, has successfully implemented an integrated bridge and navigation system from Wärtsilä Voyage, incorporating a range of technologies for voyage planning and optimisation.

Built at Ulstein Verft shipyard, the ship was delivered in September 2021. Along with its sister ship National Geographic Endurance, this is the second vessel in a series of two explorer vessels to use Ulstein’s X-BOW inverted bow concept.

After successfully completing her sea trials in September 2021, National Geographic Resolution is set for her inaugural polar voyage exploring Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands on 17 November 2021. The ferry can carry around 126 passengers, plus crew, on board.

The integrated navigation system incorporates ECDIS, Conning and Trackpilot. Navigation sensors like Gyro, Speed log, sonar, echo sounders, compass systems, positioning sensors and DGPS are connected to provide heading, speed and position.

The complete package includes ten Multipilot Platinum Navigation workstations, four Datapilot Platinum information display, a 55” Planning station, a dual Trackpilot Platinum integrated track steering system, Dynamic Positioning System, Sound Reception System, uninterruptable power system (UPS), a weather station, Voyage Data Recorder, Bridge Alarm Management and Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS).

Infrared cameras, one S-band and two X-band radars are integrated into the Nacos Platinum system to provide additional situational awareness capabilities, and the system also includes an Integrated Ice Radar System for manoeuvring in sub-zero icy waters.

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