WW ship Taimyr helped bring the Norwegian shipping industry into the computer age.
Words: David Nikel
Altough the connected ship is a hot buzzword of today’s shipping industry, the story begins way back in 1968 when the MS Taimyr played host to the world’s first computer-based integrated automation system.
WW collaborated with the Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (NTNF), Det Norske Veritas, Noratom-Norcontrol and SINTEF to install the computer – the Nord I developed by Norse Data – onto Taimyr.
The system was intended to handle anticollision surveillance, alarm and security for an unstaffed engine room, manage and regulate electricity supply on board, monitor the condition of the main engine and hull, carry out loading and discharging calculations, and calculate pay.
The successful trials, which lasted for a whole year, were very positive and identified the importance of safe navigation through accurate determination of position and optimising choice of course, hull security through monitoring offorces and condition, and engine safety through condition monitoring of all propulsion and auxiliary machinery.
Results from the Taimyr project unquestionably benefited the whole industry, and marked the start of the fantastic advances in the shipboard use of computers.
Taimyr remained in operation by WW until 1980, when it was sold to New Dawn Shipping Co S.A. (Wallem Shipmanagement S.A. managers) and renamed Southern Diamond.
“Results from the Taimyr project unquestionably benefited the whole industry.”