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Integrated bridges for Stena

Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line.

Stena Line operates ferries on 22 routes in Scandinavia, around the U.K. and to the Baltic countries. The company has a fleet of 38 vessels, including fast ferries, traditional combi-ferries, RoPax ferries for freight and passengers, and pure cargo ships.

Sperry provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products from its VisionMaster FT series to four of these vessels, used to form the core of a ship's integrated bridge.

The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were installed with VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder, and an ECDIS that provides full control on both bridge wings. The Stena Europe and Stena Adventurer meanwhile were outfitted with the VisionMaster FT ECDIS.

“Our highly reliable, flexible navigation solution provides leading edge situational awareness capabilities and improvements in radar performance to enhance the ships' safety at sea,” said Alan Dix, managing director of Sperry Marine.

“Additionally, it ensures compliance with new carriage requirements for greater navigational safety standards as set out by the IMO.”

In addition to equipment, Northrop Grumman also provided installation and training on the VisionMaster FT products for Stena Line.

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