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L-3 to outfit third Royal Caribbean Oasis class ship

Royal Caribbean International’s new ship will feature a NACOS Platinum navigation system Royal Caribbean International’s new ship will feature a NACOS Platinum navigation system L-3 SAM Electronics

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation system, including an integrated dynamic positioning system, for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Oasis class, built by STX France at its shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.

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The ship will carry 6,360 passengers and a crew of 2,100, placing it among the world’s largest cruise liners together with its sister vessels, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, and is slated for delivery in spring 2016.

The navigation equipment for the new vessel includes L-3 SAM Electronics’ NACOS Platinum navigation system, comprising five X- and S-band radars linked to nine Multipilot workstations for the combined display of ARPA radar, ECDIS and conning functions.

This will be complemented by a range of navigation sensors, a compass and steering control system, as well as a GMDSS A3 set.

Delivery will also include a dynamic positioning system, developed by L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems, with four multifunction touch screen consoles, one CP1 DP controller, and interfaces for required environmental and position reference sensors.

L-3 says that the positioning software used by the system has been specifically developed for cruise ship station-keeping operations, and is designed to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

“This project represents a major undertaking and confirms our continued dedication to supplying the world’s cruise ship fleets with proven, state-of-the-art technology,” said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 Marine Systems International.

“We are extremely proud to once again be selected to provide our innovative control systems on Royal Caribbean International’s newest vessels. L-3’s comparable Platinum range of equipment will also be installed aboard RCI’s three Quantum-class vessels being built by MEYER WERFT at its Papenburg shipyard in northern Germany.”

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