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Kongsberg Maritime Simulation, the St. John's, Newfoundland
branch of Kongsberg Maritime's simulation division, has reported
strong performance in the latter half of 2010 with the signing of
several key contracts with Canadian customers, covering the
whole spectrum from ship's bridge, dynamic positioning and
radar simulators through to engine room and naval simulators.
In an extensive, multi-million dollar contract signed in early
October, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a full suite of ship's bridge
and engine room simulators at the Canadian Coast Guard College
(CCGC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
The ship's bridge simulator delivery to the CCGC includes a full
mission DNV Class A and four DNV Class B simulators and a range
of own-ship and area databases. The CCGC will also receive a full
mission engine room simulator, together with eight desktop
systems and a range of engine models. Kongsberg Maritime is also
responsible for building and infrastructure arrangements prior to
the installation, which is due to take place next year before a June
"This is an important upgrade for the Canadian Coast Guard
College which will provide them with the very latest simulation
technology for their cadet training programmes," commented
Kongsberg Maritime Simulation's Area Sales Manager, Clayton Burry.
"With a growing student body and increasing demands on CCG
operations, we are confident these systems will provide them with
the necessary tools to meet Transport Canada certified training."
Kongsberg Maritime has also been contracted to upgrade bridge
and engine room simulators at the Centre for Marine Simulation
(CMS) in St. John's, Newfoundland, which is part of the Fisheries
and Marine Institute of Memorial University. It will receive a full
mission Neptune engine room simulator, complete with Kongsberg
Maritime's BigView solution for slow and medium speed engine
models, in addition to eight new desktop trainers.
As part of the delivery, Kongsberg Maritime will modernise four
NMS-90 ship's bridge simulators by integration of the Polaris
simulation software platform and new MultiFlex technology -- a
touch screen based panel capable of displaying up to five software
panels in place of hardware. The simulators, scheduled for delivery
in December 2010, are certified to DNV standards and meet all
requirements for Transport Canada approved training.
In another extensive contract, The Marine Campus of the
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in North
Vancouver has selected Kongsberg Maritime to upgrade its engine
room and ship's bridge simulators with a number of firsts for the
College, including some for the industry. Among other items, BCIT
will have the first full mission diesel electric engine room simulator
in Canada and what is believed to be the only dedicated
360-degree tug bridge in the Americas.
Ordered systems include a full mission Neptune engine room
simulator and three full mission engine models, eight desktop
systems, and seven new ship bridges with 120-degree horizontal
visual field of view, in addition to the 360-degree tug bridge. A
suite of full-mission and desktop dynamic positioning trainers will
also form part of the delivery.
"Kongsberg is extremely pleased to be selected as a preferred
supplier to CMS and BCIT on these significant upgrade projects.
Our compliance with all regulatory requirements, close
connection to the maritime industry and the strength of our
company all contributed to our success in securing these
contracts. I think our customers know we are totally committed to
their success and will continue to strive to earn their business over
the long term," added Burry.
Kongsberg Maritime Simulation has also recently been awarded
a contract by Lockheed Martin Canada to upgrade the Canadian
Navy's shore-based ship's bridge simulation trainers in support of
the Combat Systems Integration (CSI) portion of the Halifax-Class
Modernization (HCM) project.
For further information contact:
Kongsberg Maritime, Norway. Web: www.kongsberg.com
Marlink, the global provider of maritime satellite
communications, has recently secured a new three-year
contract with Irish Ferry Operator, Fastnet Line.
As part of the new agreement, Marlink will deliver, install and
operate its innovative, trademarked Sealink VSAT solution onboard
Fastnet Line's flagship vessel 'Julia', providing the ferry operator
with high-quality, reliable bandwidth for vessel management,
passenger and crew applications.
"The installation of Marlink's Sealink solution is in line with our
ongoing commitment to offer our customers greater choice, as
passengers will be able to take advantage of onboard Internet and
telephone services, providing them with greater value during their
journey with us. In addition, Sealink will improve operational
efficiency by strengthening communications between the vessel
and head office ashore and enabling crew to effectively stay in
touch with friends and family at home, improving crew welfare,"
commented Owen Barry, Operations Manager, Fastnet Line.
Marlink's Sealink Ku-band VSAT will provide 'Julia' with
bandwidth up to 128Kbps, as well as ten simultaneous telephone
channels and Administration LAN connected to an Internet VPN
service. Providing Fastnet Line with exceptional value, the contract
also includes Marlink's "Prepaid Talk" and "Internet@sea" services,
which can be sold to passengers at Fastnet Line's own defined rate.
Based in Cork, Ireland's Fastnet Line has recently introduced a
new overnight route between Cork, Ireland and Swansea, Wales
providing a quality cruise-ferry experience direct to the South West
of Ireland. Marlink routes its services to Fastnet Line through its
own teleport in Eik in Norway, enabling the satellite
communications provider to ensure high quality, reliable
connectivity as well as exceptional flexibility of service. Marlink's
comprehensive portfolio ranges from its own VSAT solutions
Sealink, WaveCall and @SEAdirect, to MSS on-demand services
including Inmarsat FleetBroadband and Iridium OpenPort.
For further information contact:
Marlink, Norway. Web: www.marlink.com
Kongsberg Maritime wins multiple Canadian simulation orders
A key piece in the BCIT simulator upgrade project will be a new 360-degree,
industry-approved full mission tug simulator from Kongsberg Maritime
The Fastnet Line passenger vessel 'Julia'
Marlink to provide Sealink ser vices to Fastnet Line
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