L-3 Valmarine has received an order from Hurtigruten ASA for the retrofit of a navigation system and bridge consoles on its cruise ferry, "Kong Harald".

Kong Harald webHurtigruten has selected the advanced network based on the NACOS Platinum series of navigation system from SAM Electronics. The NACOS Platinum integrates Radar, ECDIS, Conning, Tracksteering and Speedcontrol functions which can be controlled from multi-functional workstations. The system on “Kong Harald” consists of 6 Multipilot Platinum workstations and one ECDIS planning station. The upgrade will be completed in March 2011. Console production and replacement is being carried out in close cooperation with ELPRO, Norway.

NACOS Platinum is the newest generation of integrated navigation systems to be used aboard the Hurtigruten vessels. Earlier NACOS models were provided in 1993 for MS “Richard With” followed by “Nordkapp” and “Nordnorge” in 1996 and 1997 and then “Trollfjord”, “Finnmarken” and “Midnattsol” in 2002 and 2003 and ”Fram” built in 2007. In addition to this, we have completed retrofits on “Lofoten”, “Vesterålen” and ”Nordstjernen”.

Navigating in the Norwegian coastal waters is a challenging task and we believe that our own high demands for radar performance and navigation functionality will keep L-3 Valmarine as a preferred supplier of integrated navigation systems to Hurtigruten ASA.

L-3 Valmarine has been awarded an order from Patria Aviation Oy to upgrade IAMCS systems for Rauma class Fast Attack Crafts for Finnish Navy.

Rauma 1The vessels were delivered at the beginning of the 1990s and they will now undergo a mid life upgrade program. L-3 Valmarine is upgrading the Integrated Alarm, Monitoring and Control System covering all the main machinery systems for the vessels. The program covers four Rauma Class Fast Attack Crafts and the work will be performed during 2010- 2013. L-3 Valmarine´s branch office in Finland has already started the engineering heading to the first system delivery during the first half of 2011. All four vessels are to achieve operative readiness as of 2014.

L-3 Valmarine is performing the work as a sub-contractor to Patria Aviation. Patria is the prime contractor towards Finnish Navy. Other subcontractors in addition to L-3 Valmarine are among others Saab AB (Combat Management System), Kongsberg Maritime AS (Variable Depth Sonar), Western Shipyard Oy and AB-Marinel Oy (Electrical engineering and outfitting). Patria is a Finnish defence, security and aerospace group owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.

When this program is completed there will be altogether 12 vessels operated by Finnish Navy equipped with IAMCS system delivered by L-3 Valmarine. With this order L-3 Valmarine is setting one more milestone to the already firm and long co-operation with the Finnish Navy.