Valmet to upgrade Aranda marine research vessel's control and machinery monitoring system

Valmet Oyj's trade press release on January 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet will upgrade the Aranda marine research vessel's control and machinery monitoring system to meet current needs as part of a renovation project for the vessel. Valmet's delivery includes the upgrade of the Valmet DNA control and machinery monitoring system, training and commissioning. The system is used to control and monitor the vessel's machinery and monitor alarms.

The order was placed by Telesilta Oy, a Finnish company responsible for integrating electrification and the machinery monitoring system with other systems on the vessel. Prior to this order, Telesilta and Valmet have closely cooperated on many ship projects. Automated vessels include the harbor icebreaker Ahto, connection ferry Otava and oil pollution control vessel Hylje. Currently, the two companies are carrying out a comprehensive project on Molslinjen's RoPax vessel that is under construction by Rauma Marine Constructions Oy at its Rauma shipyard.

"As renovation projects are often technically very challenging, we wanted to have a product that we know well for our system. Successful cooperation with Valmet and its earlier experience with the original system on the vessel were two main reasons in favor of choosing Valmet DNA," says Kari Laulajainen, Managing Director, Telesilta.

"Upgrading the control and machinery monitoring system increases the reliability of this advanced vessel. One of Valmet DNA system advantages is its easy upgradability to the latest technology," says Heikki Tanner, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Aranda

Owned by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the nearly 30-year-old Aranda is an ice-reinforced research vessel. She was planned and built for Baltic Sea research but is able to operate on all seas. The vessel has a length of 59.2 m, a width of 13.8 m and a gross tonnage of 1,734. The vessel is capable of housing a research staff of 25 persons on board. During construction, Aranda was equipped with a Valmet Classic machinery monitoring system that was upgraded to the Valmet Damatic XD system in 2006.

Vessel renovation began by Rauma Marine Constructions at its Rauma shipyard in late July 2017 and will be finished next spring. As part of the renovation project, Aranda's length will be extended by seven meters to 66 meters, and research and laboratory facilities will also be built.

Information about the customer Telesilta

Telesilta is an independent, electrical contracting company established in 1978 and based in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Its special expertise lies in the shipping industry electrification work from design to installation, commissioning and maintenance. In addition, it offers electrification work for industrial real estate and other demanding buildings, including installation, repair and maintenance services.

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For further information, please contact:
Heikki Tanner, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet, Tel. +358 40 557 0780

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Valmet will upgrade the machinery control and monitoring system of the Aranda marine research vessel to Valmet DNA. This will enhance the user interface, provide advanced data analyzing tools and ensure that the vessel will have a modern and reliable control and monitoring system for years to come. Pictured is Aranda being extended at the shipyard. (Picture: SYKE-MRC).