Navis delivers DP system for ‘Viking Grace’


Finland-headquartered dynamic positioning system (DP) manufacturer Navis Engineering has delivered a DP system for the innovative cruise ferry 'Viking Grace'.

The 214 metre 'Viking Grace', delivered to her owner Viking Lines by the Turku-located STX Europe shipyard on January 10, 2013, is said to be "one of the most environmentally-friendly ships built."

It is the first large scale passenger ferry to be powered by liquefied natural gas, which reduces emissions significantly.

The DP system delivered by Navis Engineering is a non-redundant DP0 (joystick control system) solution comprising two control stations located in the wheelhouse wings. It will be used mostly for docking the cruise ferry at points on the Turku – Mariehamn – Stockholm route.

The 'Viking Grace' is one of the several innovative vessels equipped with the Navis DP system. These include the ice-class OSV 'Vitus Bering', delivered last week to the Russia's largest shipowner SovComFlot, the multi-purpose bio-fuel powered deck cargo vessel 'Aura II' and the series of 30 axe-bow FSIV vessels built by Damen.

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