Press release September 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM CET

Metso to modernize the ship automation for Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas

Metso Corporation's press release published on September 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. EEST

The upgraded vessel-wide automation system will contribute to the ship's reliable and safe operation and improve energy efficiency.

Metso has been awarded an order by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to modernize the complete vessel-wide automation system of its cruise ship Voyager of the Seas. The system controls and monitors all vital machinery on the ship, such as diesel generators, power management and air conditioning. The upgraded system will contribute to the reliable and safe operation of the ship for years to come, as well as enable Royal Caribbean to save energy and support sustainability.

Metso's delivery scope encompasses an upgrade of the existing system to a state-of-the-art Metso DNA automation system, including new operator stations and process controllers, as well as energy-saving functions. Included is also a Trend and Event Archive that gives users access to historical data straight from the operator interface. The tool provides them with information about past events, provides guidance in similar events and helps in decision-making.

The upgrade will take place in September 2014, and startup is scheduled for October 2014 after total vessel revitalization in dry dock in Singapore. The order has been included in Metso's second quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

Royal Caribbean trusts in Metso's automation technology

Metso has a long track record of supplying automation technologies to Royal Caribbean's cruise ships. In March 2014, Metso announced an automation system order for the company's new build Oasis 3, entering into service in 2016. Furthermore, Metso will supply automation to the new Quantum-class ship Quantum of the Seas, due for delivery at the end of October 2014.

Voyager of the Seas has been operating with Metso's automation technology throughout its 15-year existence. The vessel is 311 meters long and has a gross tonnage of 137,276. With its 14 guest decks and accommodation for 3,114 guests in double occupancy, it was the world's biggest cruise ship when delivered by Kvaerner Masa Yards Turku Shipyard in 1999.

Long experience in ship automation

Ship automation systems based on Metso technology have a long history. Development work on ship automation systems started in the early 80s with Damatic Classic and has continued through to today's Metso DNA. The majority of installations have been for advanced ship types, such as cruise vessels. In particular, redundancy features and high product quality that guarantee undisturbed and safe ship operations have contributed to the success of Metso's automation systems. To date, several hundreds of ships have been equipped with Metso's automation systems.

Metso has engineering resources with broad automation competence for machinery, power plant and air conditioning systems on board ships. Metso's marine automation solutions fit all types of ships and complexities, from crude oil carriers to passenger ferries, cruise ships, offshore supply and oil & gas processing vessels.

Metso's process automation solutions are designed to maximize the profitability of our customers' businesses by improving production performance and cost, energy and material efficiency. Our worldwide network of experts supports our extensive range of process automation solutions and services. We serve our customers in the pulp and paper and other process industries, power generation, marine, and oil & gas.  

Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, oil and gas, and aggregates industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.8 billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries. Expect results.
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For further information, please contact:

Per Syvertsen, Senior Technical Manager, Marine Automation Applications, Metso per.syvertsen(at)metso.com, Tel. +47 3330 5660 

Voyager of the Seas

Voyager of the Seas has been operating with Metso's automation technology throughout its 15-year existence. Now its complete vessel-wide automation system will be modernized to ensure reliable and safe operation, save energy and support sustainability.