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Navis and Aker Arctic cooperate on DP for icebreakers

Navis Engineering, a Finnish manufacturer of dynamic positioning (DP) systems, has announced that it has signed a scientific and technical co-operation agreement with Aker Arctic Technology covering the joint development of technology for DP systems for icebreakers and ice-class vessels.

The agreement was signed in St Petersburg at the end of September.

Navis and Aker Arctic believe that DP applications will be needed in ice-covered waters in the longer term and the partnership is looking to prepare the industry for upcoming demand. The aim is to improve the capabilities of DP systems in ice operation, taking into account energy efficiency and safety solutions.

DP systems manufactured by Navis Engineering have been installed on a number of icebreakers and ice-class vessels in recent years, including the Polar supply and research icebreaker SA Agulhas II, the Canadian Coast Guard Scientific icebreaker Amundsen and the Sovcomflot-owned multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels Vitus Bering and Aleksey Chirikov, operating for Exxon Neftegaz Ltd in Sakhalin waters in Russia.

Aker Arctic has created ship concepts such as the Aker Arctic DASTM supply icebreakers SCF Sakhalin and the Aframax tankers Tempera and Mastera. The Helsinki-based company is currently designing new Polar icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard and a Polar research icebreaker for the Chinese Polar Research Institute as well as a next generation icebreaker for the government of Finland.

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