Rutter to help Crystal Serenity take the Northwest Passage

Company radar system part of summer cruise safety preparations

Published on March 30, 2016
A screen shot of the sigma S6 Ice Navigator screen showing sea ice and integrated camera image showing an iceberg in the distance. — Submitted image

A technology company headquartered in St. John’s, Rutter Inc. has found a unique market for its radar systems, having them installed on cruise ships sailing safely through Arctic and Antarctic waters.

But in a first for Rutter, its systems are about to be used in a sailing of the Northwest Passage, by a luxury liner of Crystal Cruises.

This summer, Rutter’s sigma S6 small target surveillance and “Ice Navigator” systems will be used by the ship Crystal Serenity as it sails from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, Alaska to New York City, via the legendary Northern route.

The ship, with 13 decks and 535 staterooms, will also carrying over 1,000 passengers and roughly 650 crew.

Rutter’s radar system is focused on ice detection and safe navigation of the Northern waters.

The cruise ship will have an escort vessel alongside it during the run, carrying equipment supporting safety and environmental protection, according to a statement issued by Rutter today.

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 “Rutter’s sigma S6 and WaMoS enhanced marine safety, security and environmental monitoring radar systems are used globally, with extensive use for ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic,” said Fraser Edison, Rutter’s president and CEO, in the statement.

“We are pleased and excited to be working with both Crystal Cruises and EYOS Expeditions Ltd, polar expedition experts and consultants for this voyage, as they become the first luxury ship to transit the Northwest Passage.”

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