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L-3 automation and navigation for biogas ferry

The Samso ferry The Samso ferry Remontowa

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide automation, navigation and communication functions to a ship expected to become the world's first ferry to operate on locally supplied biogas.

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Built in Gdansk by Remontowa for the Samsø Municipality, the 100-metre, double-ended passenger/car ferry is due to enter service in September on routes between the island of Samsø and Hou on the Danish mainland. Initially LNG-fuelled, the eight-deck DNV-class Samsø Færgen will carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.

L-3 MSI will supply its NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system, which comprises S- and X-band radars linked to five Multipilot consoles and associated conning units for control of radar, ECDIS, automatic steering and voyage planning functions. Subsidiary sensors consist of AIS, VDR, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders, gyros, rudder steering and indicators, wind/weather navaids and BNWAS.

L-3 will also supply its MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system, which includes emergency shutdown and DNV-approved LNG cargo control systems, as well as the ferry's electrical propulsion system.

Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is part of L-3's Electronic Systems business segment. ​


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