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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

The Canadian Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched the Digital Ship In-Service Support Project, which brings together two Canadian marine industry leaders from Canada’s west and east coasts to develop and commercialize 3D digital twin capabilities that are hoped to make Canada more globally competitive, drive export opportunities, and create jobs in the marine sector.

The lead companies are British Columbia-based Seaspan Shipyards and Newfoundland and Labrador-based Genoa Design International. The project will receive CAN$2 million from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster with the balance of funding coming from the project participants. The project will develop new integrated capabilities for vessel management and maintenance through an advanced technology platform that will help vessel designers, builders, operators and maintainers more efficiently manage vessel lifecycle; reduce down-time for repair and maintenance by providing predictive information; improve vessel design and construction to reduce costs; and integrate multiple data sources by leveraging the language of visualization. The Digital Ship In-Service Support Project makes this possible through its ability to provide:

  • Data streams to manage vessel maintenance and predict maintenance issues;
  • Dynamically-updated representations of vessels and their subsystems;
  • Virtual reality to visually interrogate and interact with 3D digital twin data;
  • A network of vessel sensors that report on the condition of the vessel and its subsystems; and
  • Advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.

Dave Belton, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Seaspan Shipyards, said: “The marine industry is at an exciting time of innovation, where advanced digital technologies are enabling us to fundamentally transform how we build and maintain ships. With the support of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the Government of Canada, this Digital Ship In-Service project will bring new powerful and predictive capabilities for vessel management and maintenance and further Canada’s leadership in this important industry.”

Laurie Balan, CTO Genoa Design International added: “This shared initiative has the power to transform the global shipbuilding industry, and with the support of the Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the Government of Canada, it begins right here. As the foundation for the Digital Twin, the 3D model offers an incredible tool for collaboration, evaluation, and decision making. Together with long-time partner, Seaspan Shipyards, we look forward to maximizing its potential and building upon its proven success to advance this industry.”

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