The new high heavy lift vehicle carrier, designed to carry the massive parts for
the new Airbus A380 super jumbo, was delivered to Airbus Industries, on May 3rd
2004. The ship, Ville de Bordeaux, is fitted with KONGSBERG alarm, monitoring and
control system. The system consists of five operator stations, three in the engine
control room, one in the cargo control room and one on the bridge. The one hundred
and fifty distributed processing units installed throughout the vessel handle more
than 4200 signals to make sure everything works properly.
Ville de Bordeaux has two main engines, controllable pitch propellers and two
shaft generators. Our power management system is divided into two separate systems
connected to the port and starboard side of the main switchboard. This gives a fully
redundant system. Diesel generator safety is handled by the power management system
with double safety modules for each engine, making this a fully redundant safety
The power management system has build-in one touch sequence modes with a special
sequence for the Elbe River where the ship will sail to the Airbus factory in Hamburg.
By choosing this mode the RPM on both main engines are adjusted from nominal 155
RPM to 122 RPM with corresponding adjustment of the propeller pitch. This makes
the transition from sea/manoeuvre mode to Elbe River mode fully automatic. The system
also controls the ballast system, HFO/MDO system, sea water system, bilge system,
cargo and engine room ventilation and all other systems related to the propulsion
of the vessel.
Ville de Bordeaux was built at Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing China and will carry
sections of the new Airbus 380 super jumbo between Hamburg, Cadiz, Mostyn, St. Nazaire
and Bordeaux. It has a full width stern ramp and is able to carry a complete fuselage
or wing sections of the 555-passenger aircraft, due to enter commercial service
A joint venture between Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and Leif Hoegh owns the unusual
single deck vessel. Site managers Mr. Emmanuel Dur and Mr. Jan Tore Foss were impressed
with the technology and the quality service they received from KONGSBERG during
the building period. They pointed out the importance of selecting a quality supplier
for this project, due to the ship's extremely tight sailing schedule.