Raytheon Anschütz, a business of Raytheon Technologies, has delivered an integrated navigation system (INS) to the Canadian Coast Guard’s new offshore oceanographic science vessel (OOSV).
Currently under construction at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, the coast guard’s OOSV will serve multiple tasks, including oceanographic, fishery, geological and hydrographic survey missions.
The INS recently completed the factory acceptance test at Thales Canada, which was selected after a competitive bid process by Seaspan as the electronic systems integrator.
The system consists of eight Synapsis NX multifunctional workstations which provide a broad, functional range of capabilities for navigation and other mission-related tasks. It also includes a virtual electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) as a planning station and bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS).
Furthermore, the new system will be integrated with the command and control (C2) system and the integrated platform management system (IPMS) to optimize mission capabilities on the bridge.
“The core of the system – the Synapsis integration platform – allows the integration of multiple navigational sensors and ensures a consistent, clear presentation and handling of data, targets and alarms at any connected workstation,” Raytheon noted.
Under the contract, the firm will also provide comprehensive training, material and expertise for Thales Canada.
“We want to leverage the experiences and synergies collected during our successful performance and cooperation to continue our strong support for Thales Canada,” said Kevin Overmoyer, business development and sales manager for Raytheon Anschütz in Canada.
In February 2021, the Government of Canada awarded a $453.8 million contract to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to enable the company to transition the offshore oceanographic science vessel project from the design phase to full construction. The contract was awarded under the country’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
The OOSV will replace the CCGS Hudson, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest and largest science vessel.
The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2024.