Marine technology group Wartsila has received a contract to supply complete bridge systems installation for five ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled tankers.

The tankers will be built for the Arctic LNG-2 project. Wartsila Voyage will be responsible for the delivery of the navigational systems.

The order is being executed in partnership with Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.

According to the contract, two equivalent bridges will be installed in the superstructure of the vessels, of which one is turned 180˚ from the traditional position.

The construction is expected to permit the icebreakers to move forward and aft, ensuring safe vessels navigation under extreme Arctic climate conditions.

The navigation bridges of all LNG tankers will feature multifunction display system with 12 multifunction workstations.

The workstations will have a full set of basic applications such as ECDIS, radar, Conning navigation information display system, BAMS alarm tracking system and Navi-Planner for advanced route planning.

The solutions provided by Wartsila also include VSAT and IRIDIUM satellite communication systems.

The workstations will be integrated into a unified system that permits the duplication of the main operational functions, improving ice navigation safety.

The equipment onboard will adhere to the requirements of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Bureau Veritas (BV).

The systems were designed and tested to be operational all-year-round in the Arctic regions. The systems are expected to be installed between 2020 and 2023.

Wartsila Voyage Transas Navigator product line MD Igor Gapeshko said: “I am sure that our experience in Yamal-LNG project, along with the high professionalism of South Korean shipbuilders and the advantages of integrated technologies will make the LNG tankers under construction truly effective for solving urgent tasks and developing safe navigation in the Arctics.”