Seaspan Shipyards has awarded three contracts totalling approximately $2.6 million to enable four leading Canadian companies in the marine industry to advance digitalization and further modernize shipbuilding and fleet maintenance.
These agreements represent Seaspan’s commitment to innovation and in providing growth opportunities across the pan Canadian supply chain, enabling companies to sustain and grow over the long term and better position Canadian technology in the export market.
In March 2022, Seaspan launched its HoloShip platform, an immersive visualization system that allows designers, engineers, production teams, and customers to virtually experience a fully detailed, three dimensional, and accurate digital model of a vessel, using an integrated 5.6-metre-wide display wall and virtual reality headset.
The HoloShip platform and the projects being announced are part of Seaspan Shipyards’ value proposition commitments under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. In addition to providing funding, Seaspan will give Gastops, BCS Automation, 3GA Marine and Kognitiv Spark access to its HoloShip platform – along with decades of shipbuilding expertise and use cases.
Of the four recipients, only 3GA Marine hails from British Columbia.
Burnaby’s 3GA Marine and Kognitiv Spark will collaborate with Seaspan to develop an innovative mixed reality solution with an aim to allow onboard vessel operators to visualize and control ship systems and equipment from anywhere.
This solution aims to increase simplicity, safety, and efficiency in operating processes by enhancing the decision-making capabilities of engineers, the speed at which they can access information, and the implementation of customized predictive maintenance routines and associated software integration tools.
This project is set to revolutionize the marine industry by enhancing ships control, monitoring and maintenance bringing it closer to a future of autonomous operations.
“3GA Marine and Kognitiv Spark have teamed up to revolutionize marine engineering with mixed reality technology to enhance vessel operations, streamline engineering procedures and pave the way for autonomous operations in the future,” said Daniel McIntyre, Vice President of 3GA Marine.
“Seaspan’s HoloShip program supports this groundbreaking initiative, which will replace certain functionalities typically found in a vessel’s Machinery Control Room with a Hololens and associated software integration tools. This technological leap is set to transform the marine industry.”
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