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Type Approved Wärtsilä SceneScan pushes DP capability envelope

By GeoConnexion - 6th May 2020 - 14:45

The technology group Wärtsilä has received type approval for its SceneScan position reference system by the DNV GL classification society. As the world’s first laser-based targetless relative dynamic positioning (DP) reference system, SceneScan represents a paradigm shift from conventional DP reference systems. It can work without the need for pre-placed positioning targets, thus providing significantly greater operational flexibility than with conventional systems. Furthermore, since it doesn’t require reflector targets, costs are reduced. Whereas DP reference systems are typically utilised on offshore vessels, the type approval tests for SceneScan were carried out onboard the ‘Kairos’, an LNG bunker vessel owned by Germany’s Bernhard Schulte KG. This extends the potential for DP applications beyond the traditional offshore sector. The system was installed and commissioned during October 2019, and the successful type approval testing was finalised in December 2019.

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