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Radio Holland completes HAL bridge refits

Radio Holland has completed two bridge refit contracts for Holland America Line on the cruise ships Oosterdam and Prinsendam, following on from similar refit work on M/S Noordam and Westerdam in 2014 and 2015.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The bridge refit on board the M/S Oosterdam was concluded in Palermo, Sicily, a few days prior to the bridge upgrade project for the M/S Prinsendam, which took place in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The projects included removal of the existing integrated bridge, all antennas and ECDIS computers, as well as design and installation of new console tops including wing consoles to accommodate new Furuno radars, ECDIS (Main and Backup), EMRI designed Furuno Autopilot with two controlling heads with track control, EMRI AZIPOD propulsion interface, Satellite Speed Log, two AIS and two GPS systems.

“Both bridge retrofits for Oosterdam and Prinsendam were highly customised projects which each required their own specific approach,” said Rob van den Hof, nautical superintendent of technical operations at Holland America Line.

“The expertise and project management skills of Radio Holland ensured completion within a limited time frame. Result is a seamless integration with existing systems while providing the additional functionality of the latest Furuno navigation equipment.”

The scope of work for the Prinsendam, which is an older ship, was even more extensive, as the bridge layout had to be modified to bring it in line with that of the Vista Class ships, which included moving equipment and installing an echo sounder and speed log. Additionally, Radio Holland carried out a ‘clean up’ and modernisation, removing some 250 redundant cables.

The bridge layout was also changed to accommodate a pilot station, so the pilot can have their own radar on board, and an ‘Officer on Duty’ position was created, whereby the officer can oversee the entire bridge.

“Given that these two important Holland America Line projects were so close together, it was a considerable logistical challenge. We made sure we had the same project team on the spot to maximise efficiency and consistency,” said Jamie Futch, project engineer, Radio Holland.

“We had a maximum of two weeks to complete the work as the ships were in drydock. In the case of Prinsendam, passengers were on board so we couldn’t afford even the smallest delay. To ensure the project could run seamlessly, all the Factory Acceptance Tests took place in the US before the equipment was shipped to the yards.”{/mprestriction}

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