ABCMI member OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of an agreement with Davie Shipbuilding to provide an Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (INBS) for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new supply ship.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Davie on this very innovative project that requires taking a commercial ship and converting it into a military vessel,” said Ken Kirkpatrick President and CEO. “We all benefit, from East to West, when Canadian projects are built by Canadians.”
As part of the agreement, OSI will deliver and install an INBS on the Resolve-Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship. The project involves the conversion of the container vessel M.V. Asterix into an Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) ship designed to meet the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) supply ship requirements.
Mr. Kirkpatrick further stated, “There is an imminent need for the ship, and as such we expect an aggressive build schedule – it’s an exciting project, and we’ll emulate the design we are providing for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship program, this will benefit the RCN by providing it with a technically advanced navigation system and an opportunity to encourage bridge design commonality across the fleet.”
“OSI Maritime Systems has built an international reputation and is a testament to the breadth of B.C. value-added activity in the marine sector,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour. “This project is further evidence of the confidence the Royal Canadian Navy has in British Columbia’s capabilities to design and deploy infrastructure that provides crucial information to accomplish mission success. OSI’s involvement in this pan-Canadian project will lead to increased jobs in the local economy and support the growth of the B.C. marine industry supply chain.”
Alan Bowen, CEO of Davie Shipbuilding added, “By selecting OSI for the Resolve-Class AOR, we are ensuring commonality across the RCN’s future fleet as well as helping to strengthen the entire Canadian marine industry. The bridge and propulsion systems onboard the Resolve-Class AOR will feature certain enhanced functions which will be unique to this class of ship.”
(INTS) is a fully scalable, IMO and NATO STANAG 4564 WECDIS compliant INBS that offers a flexible design able to meet the requirements of demanding military environments. Centred around OSI’s ECPINS, INTS integrates selected radars and navigation sensors, providing a comprehensive and cost effective military IBS.