The New Zealand Navy has deployed systems monitoring and management technology from Siemens throughout two of its warships saying the deployment has made it the first navy in the world to “achieve unmanned machinery space on a warship.”
It says the Siemens Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) installed on HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana will help create better maintenance routines, increase reliability and alert the crew to potential issues by using technology to supervise the ships’ core operations.
The Navy said one of the key drivers for the installation had been to free up crew, particularly within the marine engineering department, to carry out more maintenance at sea. “There are also efficiency gains for command management and battle damage control,” it said.
“The full integration of the IPMS throughout the ship also allows for efficiencies to be realised in damage control. The damage control stations have a battle damage control system providing a real-time status of all engineering plant including fire pumps and generators.”
The head of Siemens Defence, Andrew Seal, said the system had reduced the maintenance workload by 75 man hours per day on each ship.
“It’s made the work for the marine technical sailors more enjoyable as it’s removed the mundane tasking jobs and allowed them to concentrate on maintenance that would otherwise have to be conducted while alongside.” he said.
According to Siemens IPMS “ensures that operations run smoothly and that system failures do not turn into a catastrophe.”
The system “monitors and controls all the power modules from the diesel engine and gas turbine to the transmission and pumps right through to the exhaust system, including ancillary modules such as fuel supply, ventilation and fire alarm systems. Its integrated energy management capability assures reliable power supply and energy distribution in every situation.”