Sea trials, including ice trial tests in the Gulf of Bothnia, were successfully concluded during March 2012.
The 134 metre vessel was designed and built by the STX Finland shipyard of Rauma, and will conduct research activities and expeditions in the polar region. It is also designed to serve as an icebreaker, a passenger ship and a supply ship for the South African research centres in Antarctica.
The Integrated Bridge and Navigation System consists of six widescreen workstations for radar, chart radar, ECDIS and conning, as well as a NautoPilot, a redundant gyro compass system, a package of navigation sensors, navigation data management and a complete radio station for GMDSS A4 operation in the polar region.
One of the radars provides Ice Radar functionality with ice imaging capabilities, to assist the navigator in finding the optimal route through icy waters and reduce fuel consumption and the risk of hull damage.
The bridge system also integrates a Dynamic Positioning (DP) System, which shares information such as waypoints with the navigation system to allow precise operation within ice fields.
A helicopter console with a Chart Radar slave display and equipment for the SRTP Room complete the package.
The bridge and navigation equipment was installed by technicians from AT Marine Oy in conjunction with RH South Africa, both certified service partners of Raytheon Anschütz.