Anschütz to provide custom IBS for German LNG-fuelled newbuilds

Three multi-purpose vessels being built by Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R) for the German Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) are to be equipped with customised integrated bridge systems (IBS) from equipment manufacturer Anschütz.

The vessels will run exclusively on liquified natural gas (LNG) and will install an IBS consisting of six Synapsis NX workstations with chart radar, ECDIS and conning, while using another ECDIS as a planning station.

The workstations will also integrate autopilot, a maintenance-free gyro compass system, navigational sensors, a dynamic positioning system with a motion sensor to indicate roll and pitch in the conning display, and an oil spill detection system integrated using the new CAT240 Asterix interface to the radar sensors and communication systems.

“We are happy to contribute to these demanding ships with our state-of-the-art navigation systems,” said Philip Kankelfitz, Head of the IBS business unit at Anschütz.

“Reaching a high degree of integration and automation, our systems present clear and precise information and empower the crew to safely navigate, manoeuvre and operate the ship.”

The first of the new vessels enters service in 2025, the second a year later, and the third at the end of 2026.

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