Kongsberg integrated bridge for Seabourn

Seabourn Orders Integrated Bridge for Polar Expedition Cruise Ships

Luxury cruise line Seabourn has ordered two expedition cruise newbuilds suitable for exploring polar regions. To enable these polar cruises, Kongsberg will supply an integrated bridge system with dynamic positioning (DP) functionality and ice radar.

Seabourn’s first purpose-built expedition ships are constructed to PC6 Polar Class standards, the vessels will also carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiac inflatable boats and an array of kayaks. 

DP, Sonar, ECDIS, 360° Radar and Ice Radar

Kongsberg’s K-Bridge will form the operational foundation of both ships. The K-Bridge system’s multi-functional workstations feature touch-sensitive control panels, joystick operation and large information displays enabling swift and accurate control of bridge auxiliary equipment. The system not only includes the K-Pos DP solution, SN90 forward-looking, omnidirectional sonar and ECDIS functions such as an integrated docking aid, but also provides mosaic enhanced 360°radar images and an ice radar.

'We will be able to offer our guests exciting, awe-inspiring expeditions in polar regions thanks to the technology that has opened up these areas for us,' says Robin West, Vice President of Expedition Operations for Seabourn. 'Safety is paramount, of course, which is why the K-Bridge system’s pin-sharp radar images and built-in ice detection capabilities are so vital. We know we can navigate these areas with great confidence thanks in part to these systems.'

Vessels to Enter Service in 2021 and 2022

Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation. The vessels are being built by luxury cruise ship builder T. Mariotti in Genova, Italy. The first, the Seabourn Venture, is due to enter service in June 2021, while its yet to be named sister ship is scheduled for launch in May 2022. 

Picture: K-Bridge Integrated Bridge System (IBS) with K-Pos DP functionality for two ultra-luxury, purpose-built expedition cruise newbuilds.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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