L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that together with its associated L-3 companies it has supplied a comprehensive range of navigation, automation and entertainment equipment for Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Reflection cruiseliner. Built by Meyer Werft in Germany, the 315-meter-long, 126,000-ton ship was formally named in Miami on December 1, 2012.
“Our support of this project represents another outstanding example of L-3’s widely acknowledged expertise as one of the world’s major suppliers of state-of-the-art specialty equipment for the cruise ship industry,” said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 SAM Electronics. “We are proud to have successfully delivered our systems to the new Celebrity Reflection and look forward to watching it set sail soon.”
The provided bridge equipment includes SAM’s NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command assembly consisting of five S- and X-band radars serially linked to five Multipilot 1100 workstations for the combined display of ARPA radar, ECDIS and conning functions, as well as integrated operation of automatic steering control.
Additional Multipilot consoles are also installed on both the starboard and port wing areas along with SAM’s Chartpilot 1100 ECDIS and voyage planning units and secondary navigation display facilities. Supported by an integral 4350 VDR, all other secondary navaids, such as DGPS, doppler log, echosounders and wind sensors, are connected directly to Multipilot 1100 stations for operational purposes.
Highly advanced controls for regulation of Celebrity Reflection’s machinery, air-conditioning and emergency shutdown requirements were provided by L-3 Valmarine’s Integrated Automation System (IAS), which offers multiple levels of security through greater redundancy. L-3’s IAS is capable of processing approximately 16,000 control and monitoring signals of which approximately 9,500 are hard-wired, with the remainder fed from serial lines. The operator interface comprises five multifunction workstations variously located in the engine control room, on the bridge and in a designated safety center. There are also connection points for laptop PCs in machinery spaces and air-handling unit rooms, while the emergency shutdown system (ESD) operates independently via an interface to the IAS communications network.
Additionally, a wide range of L-3’s sophisticated audio and video entertainment products was integrated and installed throughout the vessel by L-3 FUNA International. The provided AV systems include internal and external lighting control and PA networks, hospital and safety call systems, and dedicated sound-powered telephone and talk-back amenities.