Seaspan awards Gastops contract to support Multi-Purpose Vessel (MPV) project

Written by Nick Blenkey
Gastops will support MPV project

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Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has awarded Ottawa-headquartered condition monitoring specialist Gastops a contract to support the Canadian Coast Guard’s Multi-Purpose Vessel (MPV) project.

Gastops is a long-standing provider of specialized propulsion system integration services to naval, coast guard and system integrators, shipyards, and marine control system companies around the world. The company utilizes dynamic simulations to validate propulsion machinery selection, develop and substantiate propulsion machinery control algorithms, evaluate propulsion machinery performance, and support the marine propulsion system design process.

Under the Seaspan contract, Gastops will use its expertise in dynamic simulations of marine propulsion and electric plants to evaluate and optimize system performance and efficiency of the MPV’s propulsion machinery through a process referred to as dynamic response analysis (DRA).

The contract requires a comprehensive DRA of the electric propulsion system to verify control algorithms for the propulsion system, assess performance of the propulsion machinery, and aid in design of the electric propulsion system. The use of a dynamic simulation model of the ship will allow the propulsion and integrated electrical systems to be analyzed for all anticipated vessel maneuvers.

“We are honored to collaborate with Seaspan and to contribute our 35 plus years of shipbuilding experience to the renewal of Canada’s fleet of non-combatant ships through the National Shipbuilding Strategy,” said Gastops president and CEO Shaun Horning. “Gastops is committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions that enhance vessel performance and reduce risk in the ship build process. We look forward to contributing to the success of the Multi-Purpose Vessel Project.”

“Seaspan is pleased to be awarding this contract to Gastops as we continue developing the design of the first flight of the CCG’s new fleet of MPVs,” said David Belton, senior program director, Multi-Purpose Vessels at Seaspan Shipyards. “The analysis provided by Gastops will be integral to ensuring the performance and longevity of the ships’ electrical propulsion system,” said David Belton, senior program director, Multi-Purpose Vessels at Seaspan Shipyards.

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