Oct 24, 2022 | Marine electronics & digitalisation news

Wärtsilä will provide and integrate the electrical system package for a new German research vessel, the ‘Meteor IV’ project, which has been contracted by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to be constructed by the Meyer-Fassmer-Special Shipbuilding Division consortium.

Wärtsilä will be involved throughout the duration of the project. This will include detailed design work during the engineering phase, and will continue with all the appropriate installation and connection requirements at the manufacturing shipyards in northern Germany. Wärtsilä will take responsibility for commissioning of its scope of supply, as well as the entire cabling system.

Harald Fassmer, Managing Partner, Fassmer shipyard, said: “With Wärtsilä, we have a strong and competent systems partner at our side. Wärtsilä SAM Electronics is already supporting us with its extensive know-how in the construction of two 50m test and survey vessels for the German Navy. We are, therefore, happy to continue this good cooperation for this highly complex research vessel.”

Harald Baumgarten, MD Wärtsilä SAM Electronics, said:“We are delighted that Wärtsilä has been selected as the trusted partner for this challenging project. We are happy to contribute our depth of experience in the construction of research vessels and are confident that, together with the expertise of Fassmer and Meyer, we will make this project a success.”

Wärtsilä’s scope of systems and services for the 125m long vessel comprises the design integration of all the electrical systems. The company will also provide the switchboards, the electrical distribution and drive systems, generators, as well as the entire lighting system and special systems for energy supply. The vessel will be outfitted with a truly integrated Navigation and Automation system – NACOS Platinum. Furthermore, Wärtsilä will deliver the bridge consoles and solid state radar technology.

When delivered, the Meteor IV will carry out international and inter-disciplinary missions, focusing on climate and environmental research in the Atlantic waters.

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