German research vessel to use electrical package from Wärtsilä

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Maritime technology company Wärtsilä will supply and integrate an electrical system package for a 125m-long new-build German research vessel named the Meteor IV.

Contracted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, the vessel is to be constructed by the Meyer-Fassmer Special Shipbuilding Division consortium. Wärtsilä will be responsible for carrying out design work during the engineering phase, and fulfilling installation and connection requirements at the manufacturing shipyards in northern Germany.

As part of its supply scope, Wärtsilä will deliver design integration of onboard electrical systems as well as switchboards, electrical distribution and drive systems, generators, lighting and energy supply systems. The research vessel will be fitted with an integrated navigation and automation system, and the bridge consoles and solid-state radar will also be provided by Wärtsilä.

The Meteor IV will conduct international and interdisciplinary climate and environmental research missions in the Atlantic.

“With Wärtsilä, we have a strong and competent systems partner at our side,” said Harald Fassmer, managing partner of the Fassmer shipyard. “Wärtsilä SAM Electronics is already supporting us with its extensive know-how in the construction of two 50m test and survey vessels for the German Navy. We are, therefore, happy to continue this good cooperation for this highly complex research vessel.”

“We are delighted that Wärtsilä has been selected as the trusted partner for this challenging project,” commented Harald Baumgarten, managing director of Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.

We are happy to contribute our depth of experience in the construction of research vessels and are confident that, together with the expertise of Fassmer and Meyer, we will make this project a success.”

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