Sercowatch unveils new AMC solution at SMM
Marine automation and system integration company Servowatch Systems today introduced ServoCore, a new cost-effective AMC (alarm, monitoring and control) solution for the commercial shipping fleet, to the marine market at SMM in Hamburg.
The UK-based company, a business unit of the electrical & automation division of India’s engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro, has adapted its state-of-the-art technology inherent to the bespoke automation and integration solutions supplied to the naval and specialist ship sectors to meet the commercial requirements of the merchant ship sector.
Speaking at the product launch, Servowatch's research and development director Stafford Williams said: “Drawing on our knowledge and expertise from over 40 years in systems integration development, we have designed a new COTS (commercial-of-the-shelf) range of entry level systems that offer a reliable and highly cost-effective solution that meets the robust demands of the commercial shipping fleet.”
Wayne Ross, CEO of Servowatch Systems, added: “The development means that we can now deliver the same functionality and flexibility as our tailor-made ServoFusion range but for significantly less investment, making it a more commercially attractive AMC option to operators of standard tonnage.”
ServoCore has been specifically developed to deliver COTS solutions for all shipping sectors including bulk carriers, containerships, tankers, passenger ships, offshore support vessels, tugs and salvage vessels, inland waterway and small leisure craft.
The standard ServoCore packages are future-proofed for the integration of additional components, the AMC option is an entry-level system available with three I/O (input/output) configurations, with an expansion capacity.
South Korea’s Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd has given Servowatch Systems its first reference for the ServoCore AMS solution. ServoCore AMS will be installed aboard three 17,500t multi-purpose cargo ships currently under construction for an undisclosed shipowner operating out of the Middle East.
“ServoCore is a real winner for shipbuilders, given the complexity of existing ship automation and integration solutions. It is a fit and forget, plug in and play system offering shipbuilders faster installation and shorter lead times, since the engineering involved has been significantly reduced,” commented Martyn Dickinson, director of Servowatch's Sales Marine Business Unit.
As with all Servowatch products, the company’s software solution WinMon™ is at the heart of the new ServoCore AMC solution.
The ServoCore and ServoFusion solutions can also be expanded to incorporate the ship safety and security management aspects of the company’s new ServoSecurity offering. This can be integrated to manage shipboard fire, flood and emergency situations, and optimising evacuation processes. The concept is already gaining traction within the damage control function aboard Naval vessels.
ServoSecurity made headlines in 2012 when Servowatch secured the contract to provide the Maritime Surveillance and Situation Awareness solution, as the primary marine surveillance tool used by the principal authorities during the London Olympics.