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Wärtsilä bridge and navigation solution chosen for National Geographic Resolution

Bespoke Wärtsilä Nacos equipment added in National Geographic’s bridge
Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Resolution, set to embark on its inaugural polar voyage November 17, has been fitted with a complete package of Wärtsilä bridge consoles plus Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system.

The latter comprises 10 Multipilot Platinum Navigation workstations, four Datapilot Platinum information displays, 55-inch planning station, dual Trackpilot Platinum integrated track steering system, dynamic positioning system, sound reception system, uninterruptible power system, weather station, voyage data recorder, bridge alarm management and bridge navigational watch alarm system. 

Also installed are military-grade infrared cameras for spotting wildlife or ice; the solution includes one S-band and two X-band radars integrated into the Nacos Platinum system to provide 360-degree situational awareness capabilities. The system also includes an integrated ice radar system. 

‘Our reliable and proven portfolio for extreme weather conditions, huge experience and customised solutions have earned us the partner of choice in the explorer ship segment,’ remarked Helge Kvandal, sales manager - Scandinavia, Wärtsilä Voyage, adding, ‘We will continue to innovate…’ 

Nacos Platinum systems

The vessel’s bespoke radar solution is part of the Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system, which has been delivered to multiple explorer cruise vessels built in Norwegian yards since 2016, according to Wärtsilä. 

National Geographic Resolution

With capacity for 126 passengers plus crew, National Geographic Resolution was built at Ulstein Verft and delivered in September. Along with sister ship National Geographic Endurance, it has Ulstein’s signature X-BOW: the inverted bow concept, combined with Wärtsilä’s integrated bridge and navigation system, enables optimal fuel efficiency and safety in polar conditions.