Metso To Equip New Type Of Icebreaking Rescue Vessel With DNA Automation System


A completely new type of ice breaking emergency rescue vessel designed for demanding ice conditions will operate using the multilingual Metso DNA automation system.

Metso Automation will deliver a control automation system for an ice breaking emergency and rescue vessel to be constructed by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard together with Yantar Shipyard. The owner of the vessel is the Russian Ministry of Transport who will operate the vessel in the Gulf of Finland.

The vessel will perform ice breaking operations in harbors and adjacent water and tow distressed vessels and facilities. The emergency and rescue vessel is also suitable for oil and petroleum spill response function, fire fighting, environmental monitoring and assistance in rescue operations.

The Metso DNA automation system takes care of machinery alarm and monitoring, controller loops, tank level monitoring, the control of pumps and valves and the power management system. The power management system will include a mode change program with an automatic configuration of machinery and switchboards for fast and secure transition between sailing modes. The operator stations are multilingual enabling the operators to easily switch between the English and Russian languages by just a keystroke. The Metso DNA process controllers are redundant with main and reserve units in different locations to secure maximum system availability.

The Metso DNA information system provides versatile analyzing and reporting tools to optimize machinery performance and fuel consumption. It also has LCD touch panels to accommodate Unattended Machinery Sailing (UMS) mode alarm announcement, and a dead man alarm system for machinery spaces.

Metso’s wide industrial automation experience now provides a ready made solution for the multilingual demand. The multilingual concept will ensure correct and safe interpretation of the operator interfaces.

“We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract as it continues our good relation with the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in supplying automation systems for their highly advanced vessels designed for arctic conditions” says Jarle Nilsen, Manager, Sales and Services, Metso Marine.

Vessel that moves ahead, astern and sideways

The innovative icebreaker that will perform oil spill response and rescue operations can operate efficiently ahead, astern and sideways, due to a patented oblique design with asymmetric hull and multiple azimuth propulsors.

The hull form has specially been designed and tested for ice navigation. The vessel can proceed in 1.0 m thick level ice both ahead and astern, and in oblique mode she will be able to generate a 50 m wide channel in 60 cm thick ice. Special equipment, among others a helideck for helicopter landing and an offshore crane with a capacity of 25 tonnes, will be provided for the vessel.





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