Zenitel is included in contract between Ships Electronic Services and Finmeccanica – Selex ES
Contract for delivery to Royal Navy’s MARS tankers
Industry leader in the supply, installation and maintenance of maritime electronics, Ship Electronic Services (SES) has won a contract with Finmeccanica – Selex ES. The contract is for supplying the Royal Navy with Vingtor-Stentofon's EXIGO Public Address & General Alarm system (PA/GA) at four Military Afloat Reach Sustainability (MARS) tankers. The MARS tankers will be the new logistic support vessels operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) preserving replenishment of fuel, food, water and supplies for the Royal Navy’s warships and task groups at sea. The tankers are now under construction by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.
SES’ delivery of Vingtor-Stentofon EXIGO PA/GA system includes two 19inch racks each with thirteen 200 watt amplifiers. The system cover five zones over twelve decks and the system’s PA handles all kinds of incoming messages and alarms to the EXIGO system. The alarms can be triggered by external alarm systems, alarm panels and manual mobile phone (MOB) switches located around the vessel.
“Selex is an important customer for Zenitel and SES, as it covers both the civil and the military segment. The Royal Navy has a high demand for the best and most advanced equipment for the new MARS tankers. For Zenitel to be a part of this project strengthen our quality and our presence in the military market. Zenitel has wide experience from the Maritime and Oil&Gas market and is ISO certified with both 9001 and 14001. It is a privilege for Zenitel to be a part of this quality deliverance”, said Tor Kristian Lystad, Vice President in Zenitel.
The MARS vessel’s communication system has benefits that include fast, easy to use, flexible assignment of communications circuits and control of equipment characteristics. The communication system is designed to optimize the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy’s communication in maritime operations.
Maritime investment in the United Kingdom
The MARS tankers are designed with the future in mind with the allowance of upgrades and emergence of technologies. The United Kingdom’s government is committed to invest in the maritime capabilities to ensure that the Royal Navy remains the quality of the fighting force. The 650 foot long ships will replace the single-hulled Rover and Leaf class of tankers. This will be one element of the future total afloat support capability. The ship can have a crew of 63 and it is provided with accommodations for an additional 46 embarked personnel.
A longtime collaboration
Zenitel and SES have been cooperating for a long time with the supply of internal communications systems to the marine industry. Recently the two companies worked together in the CalMac Hybrid Ferries. This ferry was built at Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow in the United Kingdom.