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KONGSBERG integrated bridge with DP for Carnival newbuilds

Carnival owned cruise line Seabourn has selected KONGSBERG K-Bridge Integrated Bridge System (IBS) with K-Pos Dynamic Positioning (DP) functionality for its new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition cruise ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The agreement was signed with Italian shipbuilding firm T.Mariotti, where the vessels are currently under construction.

The K-Bridge system’s multi-functional workstations feature touch-sensitive control panels, joystick operation and large information displays enabling swift and accurate control of bridge auxiliary equipment. The system includes KONGSBERG’s K-Pos dynamic positioning solution, SN90 forward-looking, omnidirectional sonar and ECDIS functions such as an integrated docking aid, and provides mosaic enhanced 360°radar images and an ice radar.

The ships will operate in remote polar waters and are being built to PC6 Polar Class standards. In addition to the KONGSBERG features, the vessels will carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiac inflatable boats and an array of kayaks to provide the best customer experience.

“We will be able to offer our guests exciting, awe-inspiring expeditions in polar regions thanks to the technology that has opened up these areas for us,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations for Seabourn. “Safety is paramount, of course, which is why the K-Bridge system’s pin-sharp radar images and built-in ice detection capabilities are so vital. We know we can navigate these areas with great confidence thanks in part to these systems.”

“It’s highly gratifying to know that the Carnival Corporation and Seabourn have chosen KONGSBERG’s integrated single solution to cover all bridge system requirements in these ultramodern newbuilds,” commented Morten Stanger, vice president, Passenger & Seaborne Transport, Kongsberg Maritime. “Having the vital navigational technology contained within one centralised software and hardware environment simplifies and enhances operational processes – and when these vessels head off into remote, less-explored regions, having full control of the ship and complete awareness of surroundings is the top priority.”

The first, Seabourn Venture, is due to enter service in June 2021, while her yet-to-be-named sister ship is scheduled for launch in May 2022.{/mprestriction}

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