Wärtsilä provides Arctic-friendly fleet operations solution for Sovcomflot

Technology group Wärtsilä is implementing a fleet operations solution catered to the sensitive Arctic waters for the shuttle tankers of Russia’s shipping firm Sovcomflot.

Named Wärtsilä Fleet Operations, the solution aims to promote sustainable development, and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in Arctic waters.

The solution, developed as a result of collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company, provides a unique integrated infrastructure that combines the bridge systems, cloud data management, data services, decision support tools, and access to real-time information. In addition to the efficiency benefits, the solution also offers operational cost reduction advantages.

“The Fleet Operations solution is an important element within Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem approach, which employs high levels of onboard automation, integrity and computerised decision support for safer and efficient navigation,” said Vladimir Ponomarev, director, voyage solutions, Wärtsilä Marine.

“The solution is fleet-size. It enables smart situational awareness, automated voyage planning and optimization, digital (paperless) navigation, and remote technical support, all of which add considerable value to fleet operations,” he said.

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Igor Tonkovidov, executive vice president and chief engineer at Sovcomflot, said all of the company’s latest newbuild Arctic tankers, LNG carriers and OSVs are equipped with integrated navigation systems from Transas.

“The Fleet Operations solution will support our strategy, which is aimed towards sustainable development of our Arctic operations,” Tonkovidov said.

Wärtsilä was contracted by Sovcomflot to execute the solution at the shipping firm’s fleet operation centre and upgrade of the navigation systems installed onboard Sovcomflot’s vessels operating in Arctic waters.

The upgraded onboard systems will ensure real-time ship-to-shore data exchange, thus connecting the onboard equipment with Sovcomflot’s operation centre to enable shared-decision making. The fleet operation centre, located in Sovcomflot’s St Petersburg headquarters, has already been commissioned.

The project is expected to be completed before the end of this year.

The Sovcomflot shuttle tankers are operating year-round in Russian Arctic waters.

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Posted 29 April 2019

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