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Kongsberg ‘full picture’ for 10 UASC ultra-large containerships

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that it has secured contracts with a value of NOK150 million (approximately $24 million) to deliver fully integrated navigation and automation systems for a series of 10 ultra-large container vessels under construction for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).

The five 14,000 TEU class and five 18,800 TEU class vessels are scheduled for delivery from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) during the first half of 2015. UASC has an additional option for 7 more vessels to be built to the same specification under its contract with HHI.

Kongsberg Maritime says that it will deliver ‘Full picture’ integrated vessel control systems to the ships, including navigation, communication, and automation for machinery and propulsion systems.

Also included is a Vessel Performance System, which monitors and provides detailed operational information regarding energy efficiency, fuel usage and optimal sailing.

The K-Chief automation system and Vessel Performance System integrate with the electronically-controlled main engines, which were chosen to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce noise, vibration and carbon emissions by automatically controlling fuel consumption to suit sailing speed and sea conditions.

“We are proud that United Arab Shipping Company and Hyundai Heavy Industries selected the ‘Full Picture’ for these class leading and environmentally friendly vessels,” said Leif Kristian Weum, VP sales, merchant marine, Kongsberg Maritime.

“Our integrated navigation and automation technology is used by a significant proportion of the vessels in the merchant marine sector, and with substantial projects like this we continue to increase our market share with the major shipbuilders and owners worldwide.”

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