zoom L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide advanced automation, navigation, communications and electrical propulsion facilities for Samsø Færgen, a new 100-metre, double-ended passenger/car ferry built by Remontowa Shipbuilding at its Gdansk shipyard on behalf of Danish proprietor, Samsø Municipality. Due to enter service in September 2014 on domestic routes between the renewable energy island of Samsø and Hou on the Danish mainland, the eight-deck DNV-class vessel will carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.” Initially LNG-fuelled, Samsø Færgen is expected to become the world’s first ferry to operate on locally supplied biogas.”“We are particularly proud to be actively associated with the ongoing development of this remarkable maritime innovation, which marks a huge stride in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and pollution from ships,” said Reinhard Swoboda, senior vice president of drives and special systems at L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division. “The supply of our latest PWM technology underscores L-3’s continuing contribution to providing cost-effective, efficient and eco-friendly propulsion technology.”The NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system to be supplied by L-3 MSI’s Lyngsø Marine division, comprises S- and X-band radars linked to a series of five Multipilot multifunction consoles and associated conning units for control of all main radar, ECDIS, automatic steering and voyage planning functions.Subsidiary sensors consist of AIS, VDR, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders, gyros, rudder steering and indicators, wind/weather navaids and BNWAS.The vessel’s control system is completed by L-3’s MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system, with approximately 4,000 data inputs remote controlled from several onboard computer workstations, as well as emergency shutdown and DNV-approved LNG cargo control systems.L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division is providing the ferry’s complete electrical propulsion system.The vessel will be equipped with four 850 kW azimuth thrusters, each driven by an asynchronous motor and a speed-controlled, low-voltage PWM converter featuring the latest active front-end (AFE) technology.The vessel’s power generation configuration will include the installation of two 690 V, 60 Hz propulsion switchboards, four gensets, including 1,275 kVA synchronous generators, and dual-fuel diesel/LNG engines.Press Release; July 8th, 2014; Image: Remontowa
“There is definitely a change in the atmospherics of Côte d’Ivoire,” Pierre Schori, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to the country, told journalists after briefing the Security Council.“After the crisis of January when they attacked us and chased out humanitarian agencies from the western part of the country, there is a new spirit there,” he affirmed, referring to the mob violence that destroyed, looted and otherwise besieged UN offices for four days in Abidjan, the commercial centre, and other towns.He said the new atmosphere had occurred because of new agreements – on disarmament and the preparation of elections – reached in the capital of Yamoussoukro between the Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, President Laurent Gbagbo and other leaders, as well as the strong engagement of the international community and the African Union and the strong stance of the UN operation in the country (UNOCI).He warned, however, that the new spirit would not last long without progress and the cooperation of all involved. “The window of opportunity is there now, but it is a very narrow window and time is running fast,” he cautioned, saying that any delay in the election process would break the October deadline for the polls.“There must be a willingness of Ivorian politicians to fulfil what they’ve signed onto and the determination of the international community to contain and castigate any spoilers” he added, emphasizing that the international community stands ready to against such adversaries with sanctions.In his latest report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Annan said that despite the progress since January, a “rapid deterioration of the security situation” could not be ruled out and he again appealed to the 15-member Council to “give positive consideration” to his recommendations to reinforce UNOCI by almost 4,000 extra troops and police, as proposed in his report of 3 January and a letter sent last month.Today, Mr. Schori confirmed the need for those reinforcements, pointing out that Côte d’Ivoire has 18 million people, a large territory and 30,000 election sites to be guarded. UNOCI would do its best with whatever reinforcements are provided, whether it is the full 4,000 or only half, he said, adding: “But zero is one option and that of course is much worse.”The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to assist the Ivorian parties in implementing a peace agreement they signed in January of that year, ending a north-south civil war that began with a failed coup against President Gbagbo. It currently guards the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the Government-ruled south and rebel-held north.Mr. Annan’s requested increase in personnel would constitute a marked expansion of UNOCI, which presently has a strength of almost 7,600 uniformed personnel.