The fully integrated platform management system Servowatch has designed and built for three new offshore patrol vessels for the UK Royal Navy has successfully completed BAE Systems’ Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT).
Servowatch, the leading supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems, will now integrate the IPMS package at BAE Systems’ shipyard on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, where the next-generation OPVs are currently under construction.
The Servowatch scope of supply includes a fully integrated control and management system for the vessels’ propulsion, power generation, HVAC, fire-detection and tank gauging systems.
Wayne Ross, Chief Executive Officer, Servowatch, said: “With military vessels increasing in complexity and with fewer crew onboard, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical components. The successful completion of these tests has verified that our most powerful IPMS solution meets the Royal Navy’s stringent criteria for greater systems integration. We are very much looking forward to working with BAE Systems Surface Ships to integrate the vessels’ critical systems, thus enhancing their capability, service, support and survivability.”
UK-headquartered Servowatch, a Larsen and Toubro Group company, has invested heavily in the design and development of the next generation IPMS systems. Designed to commercial or military standards, principally for naval or larger complex commercial vessels, Servowatch offers a range of bespoke solutions to provide propulsion, electrical and auxiliary plant management from multifunction workstations with automation programmed into the system.
The first vessel in the new batch will have more storage and accommodation facilities and a larger flight deck than the current River Class of OPVs.
They will be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.