L-3 Valmarine announced today that they have signed a contract with Meyer Werft, in Papenburg Germany, for delivery of automation control systems to NCL’s two new next generation Freestyle cruising ships.

NCL Animation web2 2Following the successful launch of Norwegian Epic, NCL's largest and most innovative ship to date, Norwegian Cruise Line has reached an agreement with Meyer Werft to build two new next generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery in spring 2013 and spring 2014, respectively. Each of the 143,500 gross ton vessels, the largest passenger/cruise ships to be built in Germany, will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths and a rich cabin mix.

For this prestigious project Meyer Werft has selected L-3 Valmarine as the main supplier for the most significant automation systems. The complete scope from L-3 Valmarine consists ofNCL-Animation_web2_2
VALMATIC Platinum Integrated Automation System (IAS), Safety Management System (SMS) and Emergency Shutdown System (ESD). All systems are fully integrated via a redundant system network and are based on L-3’s latest technology platform.

In addition to the delivery from L-3 Valmarine, L-3 Marine Systems supplies a NACOS Platinum Integrated Bridge System (IBS) from L-3 SAM Electronics in Hamburg and a Dynamic Positioning System (DP) from L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems in San Diego.

The total control system package delivery from L-3 Marine Systems is a major breakthrough for L-3 and an important milestone in L-3 Marine Systems business strategy.

L-3 Valmarine has been awarded a contract with STX OSV to deliver a NACOS Platinum Integrated Navigation System to their new LNG powered PSV ordered by Solstad Rederi AS in Norway.

Solstad RederiNACOS Platinum navigation system, jointly developed between SAM Electronics, Lyngsø Marine and L-3 Valmarine, is a network based Integrated Navigation System. The network design drastically reduce the amount of cables to be pulled and comprise the worlds first true IP Radar. NACOS Platinum Integrated Navigation System delivered from L-3 Valmarine is NAUT-OSV compliant and includes, in addition to the Radar, ECDIS and Conning, navigational sensors like Echo sounder, Speed log, GPS and a GMDSS A3 radio station.

The order is a result of L-3 Valmarine´s new strategic plan and strengthens L-3 Valmarine´s position in the offshore market.

The vessel is of STX OSV design PSV 12, a design with focus on low fuel consumption, and with a focus on DNV´s Clean Design requirements. The PSV will be able to run on LNG, biofuel and marine diesel oil.

The vessel will be 94.3m overal with a breadth of approximately 20.0m, a depth to the main deck of approximately 8.3m, and deadweight at maximum draught of approximately 5,000 tonnes. The hull will be built at STX OSV in Tulcea, Romania and outfitted at the STX OSV Langsten shipyard in Norway. Delivery is scheduled for November 2011.