Høglund to deliver IAS for Seaspan newbuilds at CIMC SOE shipyard

Integrated Automation System specialist chosen to develop IAS for the first LNG bunkering vessels to operate along the west coast of North America

Høglund to deliver IAS for Seaspan newbuilds at CIMC SOE shipyard

Høglund Marine Solutions will deliver integrated automation system (IAS) for three newbuild LNG bunkering vessels (LNGBVs).    

The IAS will seamlessly connect the cargo handling, control and electrical propulsion systems on each of the 7600m3 ships for Canadian owner Seaspan ULC. Høglund will leverage its experience from successfully developing automation systems on some of the first generation of LNGBVs, such as the MV Cardissa, an LNG bunkering vessel operating for Shell Western LNG, and the LNGBV Kairos.

A central, and standard feature of all Høglund automation systems, is Høglund Playback. Høglund Playback is a vital solution for the crew, having solved hundreds of incidents since its invention in 1995, on vessels all over the world. Using the integrated logging system, an operator can troubleshoot incidents by reviewing any alarms or events as if they were live data, giving them a highly detailed view of a potentially complex event. 

With this unique tool, the crew can check the historical data from an incident such as a blackout and see exactly what went wrong. This is essential for modern vessels such as LNGBVs, with sophisticated interconnected cargo handling, cargo transfer and fuel systems.

Seafarers benefit through being able to identify the source of a system malfunction without having to spend time and money on bringing a specialist onto the ship.   

Each ship will feature emerging technologies that further reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions, as well as radiated noise. The LNG bunkering vessels, being designed by VARD Marine Inc, will offer safe, efficient and economical refuelling for multiple ship types (ship-to-ship LNG bunkering), and allow for transfers to and from a wide range of terminals. They will also be able to perform coastal/short sea shipping operations.