Servowatch to Supply Integrated Platform Management System for Royal Navy OPVs
HEYBRIDGE, U.K. — Servowatch, a leading U.K. supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems, has secured a second contract for its Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) systems for two additional River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy, the company reported in a Jan. 19 release.
The company already was under contract for the initial three OPVs being built by BAE Systems Naval Ships. The two additional vessels, Tamar and Spey, were announced by the Government in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in November 2015.
The vessels will be modified version of a proven OPV design already in service with the Brazilian and Royal Thai navies with more storage, accommodation facilities and a flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin Helicopters. Manufacture of the first four ships is under way at BAE Systems’ Glasgow facilities.
Servowatch Systems’ scope of supply comprises an IPMS control and monitoring package for the vessels’ propulsion, power generation, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, fire-detection, tank gauging systems and auxiliaries’ services.
“With military vessels increasing in complexity, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical components. Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution allowing more commercial. off-the-shelf (COTS) product integration. It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product,” said Andrew Burns, Servowatch sales and marketing director.
“We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with BAE Systems Naval Ships’ own teams of experts to enhance the capability, service and support that the company delivers to the Royal Navy’s specified requirements,” he said.
Servowatch 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, the company offers a range of bespoke solutions to provide propulsion, electrical and auxiliary plant management from multifunction workstations with automation programmed into the system.