Russia’s oil shipping giant Sovcomflot has hired Finland’s Wärtsilä to upgrade the navigation systems installed onboard its shuttle tankers operating in Arctic waters.
Shuttle tankers are used for offloading of oil from offshore installations. Wärtsilä has said that the fleet operations solutions has been developed as a result of a collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company, and provides an integrated infrastructure that combines the bridge systems, cloud data management, data services, decision support tools, and access to real-time information.
The upgraded onboard systems will ensure real-time ship-to-shore data exchange, thus connecting the onboard equipment with Sovcomflot’s operation center to enable shared-decision making.
“The Sovcomflot shuttle tankers are operating year-round in Russian Arctic waters. The project is expected to be completed before the end of this year. The fleet operation center, located in the company’s St Petersburg headquarters, has already been commissioned,” Wärtsilä said in a statement.
In related news, Sovcomflot in April informed that its Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov had loaded the milestone 10-millionth tonne of commercial oil produced at the Prirazlomnaya offshore platform. Read more here.
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