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Bridge system retrofit for Holland America Line

A new bridge for MS Noordam A new bridge for MS Noordam

Radio Holland reports that it has completed a customised cruise ship bridge retrofit on the MS Noordam for Holland America Line.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The complete refit was carried out during a ten-day dry-dock window, and included refitting the navigation and bridge systems in line with HAL’s Bridge Resource Management concept, as well as an upgrade of the auto-pilot interface with the propulsion systems.

This involved removal of the existing integrated bridge, all antennas and ECDIS computers, as well as design and installation of new console tops, including wing consoles.

New units supplied included X-band and S-band radars, two ECDIS (main and backup), an Autopilot with two controlling heads and track control, an azipod propulsion interface with fuel optimisation options, a satellite speed log, two AIS and two GPS systems.

“Having worked closely with Radio Holland for many years, Holland America Line had the confidence to consider a highly customised bridge retrofit rather than a ‘like for like’ upgrade,” said Steve Nevey, technical superintendent of nautical operations at Holland America Line.

“Radio Holland responded by proposing an innovative ‘best of breed’ solution that matched the existing systems and provided additional functionality. Using its in-house systems-integration, engineering, project management and sub-contractor management skills, Radio Holland successfully procured, installed and commissioned the new bridge systems within the timescales specified by Holland America Line.” 

This is the second cruise ship bridge retrofit carried out by Radio Holland on Holland America Line’s Vista Class cruise ships, following work on M/S Westerdam in April 2014.{/mprestriction}

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