Kongsberg introduces new integrated vessel concepts
Kongsberg Maritime, a global marine technology company, has launched a new portfolio of fully Integrated Vessel Concepts (IVC) designed to harmonize handling, operations and energy systems on a wide range of specific vessel types.
Kongsberg said on Tuesday that the concepts are the product of the company’s new ‘Integration’ strategy, which has been established this summer to leverage existing and new Kongsberg technology to achieve tangible operational efficiency improvements.
The first set of vessels types to receive IVC configurations cover a wide spectrum of maritime operations. Vessel types include forage carriers, FPSOs, IMR vessels, research, Ro-Pax, shuttle tankers, small scale LNG, superyachts, trawlers and wind farm support.
Electrical systems on the vessel will be fully integrated with onboard technology, ensuring optimal power consumption for dynamic vessel operations. With integration between disparate systems, distributed power management, data sharing on board and ashore can be significantly improved, facilitating enhanced decision making across the operational chain.
Kongsberg also developed a new dynamic positioning system named Dynamic Load prediction (DLP). It predicts power usage for vessel’s thrusters while Dynamic Inertia Control (DIC) and Dynamic Supervision & Control (DSC) systems are some of the new features enhancing energy control for DP operations.
Solutions for power plant optimization include power regeneration using permanent magnetic electric motors for rotating equipment and enhanced battery solutions for peak-shaving and storage. Examples include systems for vessels with large rotating equipment like winches and electric gangways, which are designed to convert motion into power.
Srinivas Tati, Vice President of Business Development at Kongsberg Maritime, said: “A primary driver for the development of our Integration Strategy and Integrated Vessel Concepts is conservation and predictable utilization of energy, resulting in lower fuel consumption and the associated environmental benefits.
“However, we also want to create ‘free’ energy for hybrid or even fully electric power configurations, which are now becoming more viable due to less expensive batteries and more sophisticated power management.”