Kongsberg Maritime has secured an approximately NOK 64 million contract with Norwegian ship operator Olympic to equip two new construction service vessels with a suitably innovative suite of technologies.
Two KONGSBERG US 205 PM L FP L-drive azimuth engines will be located fore and aft in the double-ended hybrid-powered TWIN X-STERN vessels.
The KONGSBERG US engine family has set industry standards for decades and is one of the company’s best-selling engine products. The range has continued to evolve and improve over this time and the recently launched PM model offers significant energy savings thanks to its vertically oriented permanent magnet motor mounted directly above the thruster.
KONGSBERG’s integrated technology solution will be an integral part of the ship’s operational efficiency. The suite will include dynamic positioning, navigation, engine control and information management systems, all enhanced with built-in measures to improve efficiency and safety.
At the heart of the solution is the Integrated Vessel Control System from KONGSBERG. This integrates K-Pos – Dynamic Positioning System, K-Thrust – Thruster Control System and K-Bridge operating on the ships’ intuitive K-Master Integrated Workstation Consoles.
The vessels will be owned and operated by Norwegian company Olympic, which has operated a dedicated fleet for the subsea service and renewable energy markets since 1996. The project marks an important milestone in the development of the Norwegian maritime cluster with Olympic, Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, Ulstein Verft and KONGSBERG all bringing their unique, world-leading but Norwegian-grown expertise and skills to the ships.
“It is a real honor for KONGSBERG to play such an important role in realizing the benefits these vessels will bring to the offshore wind industry,” says Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. “The ship design fits perfectly with Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated solution. The four identical US thrusters with our advanced wind farm DP functionality enable high-speed maneuvers in both forward and aft directions. This will reduce the time and energy required to transit between turbines.”
“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime,” says Runar Stave, Chief Technical Officer, Olympic. “We have a tradition of innovation with Kongsberg Maritime and these vessels represent the next generation of CSOVs. They are the result of a unique Norwegian maritime cluster, combining our extensive offshore wind experience with world-class ship design and equipment, all brought together by one of the world’s leading builders of such ships.”
Source: Kongsberg Maritime