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Carnival to install steering control

Raytheon Anschütz is to supply of NautoSteer Advanced Steering Gear Control Systems to two prototype cruise ships being built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard for the British-American Carnival Corporation.

Carnival will operate the new 141,000 gross ton cruise ships under its Princess Cruises brand as the flagships in the fleet.

Being designed as prototypes, these will be the largest ships ever built at Fincantieri shipyard. The delivery of the first ship, named Royal Princess, is planned for spring 2013, while the second newbuild is expected to follow one year later.

Raytheon Anschütz will supply a redundant Standard 22 gyro compass system, the new NautoSteer AS Steering Gear Control, and the autopilot NautoPilot 5300, which offers a colour touch display and fuel saving tools such as weather adaptive technology and a heading and rudder plotter.

The NautoSteer AS steering gear control system onboard the cruise ships includes integrated steering failure monitoring, wire-break monitoring and data integrity monitoring.

A simplified steering mode selector switch is also included, with two independent steering positions – a ‘Direct NFU’ tiller that controls the steering gear directly without use of electronics and a ‘Main’ steering position for all other controls based on redundant CAN-bus technology.

“Safety was the main aspect for the development of the NautoSteer AS Steering Gear Control System,” said Olav Denker, product manager at Raytheon Anschütz.

“In addition we focused on a user-oriented operating concept. Nautosteer AS prevents from switching from a defective steering control to another defective steering control position. In case of an evasive action or emergency, when time is crucial, this architecture supports the crew in their fast and safe decision making.”

In other news, Raytheon Anschütz's Croatian representative Crocon has reached the milestone of selling its 100th Integrated Bridge System.

The 100th contract covers a newbuild Heavy Lift Carrier under construction for Dutch company Jumbo Shipping at Brodosplit shipyard in Split. The IBS will be from Raytheon's Synapsis Bridge Control series.

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