SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 — Espoo, Finland, headquartered Valmet Corporation will supply an automation system for the LNG-powered fast ferry ordered by Estonia's AS Tallink Grupp at shipbuilder Meyer Turku Oy for its Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations between Estonia and Finland (see earlier story).
The 212 m, 2,800 passenger ferry is due to be delivered at the beginning of 2017. The automation system will be delivered in April 2016.
"We have had very good experience with the performance of Valmet's automation system on other Tallink vessels as well as with high-level service support available both in Finland and Estonia," says Andres Lepik, Tallink's project manager for the new vessel.
"Our automation system well supports the operation of this highly advanced and environmentally friendly LNG-powered car-passenger ferry," says John Weierud, Director, Marine Automation, Valmet.
The automation system for the ship will be a Valmet DNA distributed control system. It is a powerful and fully redundant system designed to handle the control and monitoring needs of even the largest and most complex vessels.
The automation will control and monitor the machinery systems and the electric power management system, and include an emergency shutdown system (ESD).
The ESD is a standalone system based on the same Valmet DNA system platform.
Valmet's engineering team will handle the project from detailed design, programming and testing to onboard commissioning and completed sea trials.