Synapsis to equip OFSVs [CANSEC2016D2]

26 May 2016

Raytheon Anschütz has been selected by Thales Canada to supply the Integrated Navigation System (INS) for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG’s) new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs), currently being built at Vancouver Shipyards.

Under the contract, Raytheon Anschütz will deliver a Canadian version of its Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control system, the latest generation of INS and type-approved according to International Maritime Organisation INS performance standards.

The INS covers task-oriented workstations providing full access to all nautical functions, intelligent data and alarm management systems, high-performance sensors for target detection, heading, position and further navigation data, advanced steering control systems with standardised and harmonised user interfaces, as well as GMDSS radio communication systems.

The Synapsis package includes five NX multifunctional workstations – based on the ultra-compact and powerful Small Marine Computer – for radar, ECDIS and conning for the main bridge console. Further multifunctional workstations are supplied for installation at the bridge wings, for the aft fishing and starboard stations, and as chart stations.

All workstations receive and share data through the Ethernet network, where sensor integration is simplified with the versatile NautoPlex data collectors. This enhances flexibility and reduces complexity in system design and cabling.

To further enhance the interoperability of ship systems and reach a higher degree of integration, the Synapsis INS decouples central services from individual applications and concentrates them on an innovative infrastructure RAN 188e/1 software framework that follows service-oriented architecture and is built entirely on a stack of open source solutions and standard industrial components.

The INS framework provides functional integration of the automatic identification system, charts, radar, centralised target management and alarm management, system health status display and reliability indication for important sensors. The alarm management is enhanced to display alarms generated by the Ship Control and Monitoring Systems (SCMSs). The INS also integrates an onboard training simulator to provide simulated data for the factory acceptance test.

The navigation system is fitted with the advanced NP 5400 autopilot system that offers customised algorithms for precise cruising and trawling operations as well as low-speed side operations.

The navigation system also includes a redundant gyro compass system featuring the maintenance-free Horizon MF sensors, and the new generation of NautoScan NX network radar transceivers.

The NautoScan NX transceivers generate a raw radar video, which is distributed via Gigabit LAN without any analogue losses, enabling optimised performance for end-user applications.

Raytheon Anschütz, in co-operation with Imtech Radio Holland Canada, will also provide training to Thales in Canada and Vancouver Shipyards and technical support during factory acceptance test, setting-to-work and sea acceptance test, as well as ongoing maintenance and support as needed during operation.

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