Kongsberg overhauls Saipem vessel control systems

Offshore staff

KONGSBERG, Norway – Kongsberg Maritime installed and commissioned an integrated bridge and automation system as part of a retrofit to the semisubmersible construction vessel Saipem 7000.

Work took place in Stavanger and Rotterdam between October 2012 and March 2013.

Kongsberg Maritime replaced automation, thruster control, dynamic positioning, ballast control, and integrated bridge systems. The company also installed new products from its offshore product line such as K-Pos, K-Bridge, K-Thrust, and K-Chief 700.

The automation overhaul involved upgrading 60 field cabinets and more than 30 new consoles for the engine control room and bridge area. Additionally, the vessel’s existing network was upgraded to fiber optics, with 35,000 m (115,000 ft) of new cables installed.

The integrated control system comprises about 10,000 I/O signals, enabling the operator to monitor and control Saipem 7000’s 12 engines and 12 thrusters, including auxiliary systems.


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