Servowatch, a leading supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems, has been selected by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea to supply its Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).

The down select will see Servowatch’s IPMS installed into the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project, which HHI is building at its Ulsan shipyard, the largest in the world.

The MSC tanker, able to refuel two ships at a time while underway, will replace the 30-year-old tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR. With a displacement of 24,000t and length of over 160m, the new MSC tanker will become the largest naval vessel in the RNZN fleet.

Servowatch Systems’ scope of supply comprises an IPMS control and monitoring package for the vessels’ propulsion plant, electric power plant and auxiliary/ancillary system. Expertise battle damage control system and onboard training system are also to be included in scope of IPMS.

“With vessels increasing in complexity while simultaneously reducing crew sizes, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical equipments," says Wayne Ross, CEO, Servowatch. "Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution allowing more COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) product integration. It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product.

“We are delighted to have been down selected to work with HHI in Korea and we’re looking forward to a long-term relationship with their own teams of experts to enhance the capability, service and support that the company delivers to the Navy’s around the world.