Austal Case Study

Pacifica is the largest of Austal’s flag ship, Auto Express car ferries, and is the largest high speed catamaran in the world with diesel propulsion. ...

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Austal Ships

Case Study

The Euroferrys Pacifica Austal Ships is a world leader in the design and manufacture of custom built high performance vessels. They are one of the world’s largest builders of high-speed ferries by volume delivered. From the start, Austal had a vision to build high quality commercial vessels for the international market. By it’s fifth anniversary in 1993, they had achieved the world premier position for 40 metre passenger catamarans. Euroferrys commissioned Austal to produce a replacement vessel, called Euroferrys Pacifica for their fast ferry service on the Ceuta route. The Spanish company owned by travel agents, operates from its

head quarters in Algeciras. The Euroferrys Pacifica is the largest of Austal’s flag ship, Auto Express car ferries, and is the largest high speed catamaran in the world with diesel propulsion.

System Objectives The main objective of the Euroferrys Pacifica control system was to duplicate the functionality of the previous system and have it installed within three months. The previous system, based on Factory Link v6.6 had been continuously developed over a number of years. The project timing was critical as the commissioning of the system had to be complete prior to

Marine Insurance approval surveys. The Citect installation was delivered on time and passed all tests required to meet the approvals. Marine Link, as the system is called, interfaces with all of the ships systems, including sprinklers, fire doors, dampers, fans, tanks, propulsion machinery, air conditioning, bilge, electrical generation and general equipment. The on-board engineer has access to all of the operating parameters from bilge pumps to engine performance and generator status. Every vessel built has a number of local control panels in their ship systems. Citect


implementation was done by Austal, however Ci Technologies’ Systems Engineering group played a major role in the technical configuration and commissioning. As a result of Citect’s user friendliness and training provided by Ci Technologies, Austal will configure and commission all future systems.

Propulsion Overview Graphic duplicates these panels on simple to use pop-ups, which provide a central control point for all operations.

The Solution Austal made the decision to adopt Citect Software due to its improved level of technical support and unique features. Citect’s inherent redundancy enabled Austal to save both time and money. The previous redundancy system consumed vast amounts of engineering time.

provides Austal “ShipsCi Technologies with outstanding support for

Citect, for use in the ship building industry, explained Colin Opie, an Electrical Design Coordinator for Austal Ships Pty Ltd. The Software provided is user friendly and very flexible, and has the added bonus of being designed and produced in Australia. In addition to this, the redundancy features which come standard with Citect are the best on the market.

Due to the stringent approvals and unique features required in the shipping industry, a


new driver was written with careful thought and planning to ensure that all aspects of the Citect installation met the functionality required.

Benefits The main benefit evident to Citect in the change over from the previous system, was the high degree of flexibility available to display information the way that Austal required. Another benefit is the high level of support for the product to allow future, currently unforeseen, requirements to be integrated into the system. The Citect system also offers a multi-language feature which was highly valued as Austal ships are sold globally. For example on the Euroferrys Pacifica, the system allows Spanish users of the Marine Link to switch from English to Spanish at runtime. The application was shipped with an online language editor to ensure that the language database can be maintained by the end user.

Engineering The majority of the PLC programming and

The final Marine Link solution included: - Alarm sorting: Marine standards require alarms to be displayed in the reverse order to the default Citect display of newest first. After consulting with the Citect development team, a change was implemented which allowed a new alarm parameter to reverse the sorting of alarms to display the oldest alarm first. Because Ci Technologies see this feature as benefiting other users of Citect, it will be included in subsequent Citect releases. - UNITE driver: A new driver was developed during the feasibility stages of the project. The end result has been the addition of another quality device driver to add to the already large range that Citect has to offer. - Complex status displays: The previous system made extensive use of complex status point animation. This included the use of up to 25 tags to produce a 16 value integer code to display an animation symbol. In addition the previous system was limited in the number of symbols it could display at a single animation point. However using standard Citect features it is possible to achieve identical functionality while at the same time providing more flexibility than the previous system. The development of the driver and the change to the Citect alarming clearly demonstrated to Austal a high level of support for the product.

Performance Citect met all the required performance criteria including page displays in less than

one second. This was achieved even on pages that displayed in excess of 500 tags from different PLCs.

Standards As with all passenger carrying high-speed vessels the design and construct phases are subject to stringent requirements. For insurance purposes standards from nominated bodies such as Germanischer Lloyd and DNV must be meet. The entire system undergoes factory acceptance testing as well as being signed off at commissioning.

Austal Ships Austal Ships is a publicly owned company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange since 1998. There are around 1500 employees at its West Australian shipyards. Austal, through its diversified group of companies, has achieved a world leading position in the design and manufacture of custom built high performance vessels A major technical advance in vessel motion control systems by Austal’s subsidiary company Seastate has allowed the company to provide a greater level of pas-

Engine Overview Graphic senger comfort for high-speed ships. This technology is now available to shipyards worldwide. Another subsidiary of the Austal group, Oceanfast, is renowned for building luxury motor yachts. Since it’s inception in 1986, Oceanfast has produced more than 14 of the finest and most distinctive (and awarded) motor yachts in the world. Oceanfast is

able to build using aluminum, steel and composite materials, offering unique flexibility in yacht construction and design whether it be for 40 knot sprint speed or trans-oceanic displacement cruising.

Euroferrys Pacifica Specifications One of the major reasons for Austal being awarded the contract for the Euroferrys Pacifica was their ability to customize the vessel. Austal also had to satisfy Euroferrys requirements for a fast turnaround time, combined with the ability to be able to carry substantial commercial vehicle loads, which at only 16 nautical miles is classified as a high frequency route. The Euroferrys Pacifica has a 750 tonne deadweight with the ability to carry 251 cars or 96 cars and 16 semi-trailers or 20 trucks. The vessel is 101 metres in length and is able to carry 951 passengers, with an additional 60 outdoor seats. The garage also boasts hoistable vehicle ramps to facilitate a mix of vehicles and commercial/freight carriage. Other details of the garage area include 1190 lane metres and 341 freight lane metres.

Tanks Overview Graphic


Other specifications are: · Length waterline: 101 Mtrs · Beam (moulded): 26.65 Mtrs · Draft hull: 4.2 mtrs · Depth (moulded): 9.4 mtrs · Speed: 37 knots · Propelled by: 4 x Caterpillar 3618 (4 x 7,200 [email protected] 1050 rpm) · Gearboxes: 4 x Reintjes VLJ 6831 · Water jets 4 x KaMeWa 125 S11 · Auxiliary engines: 4 x Volvo-Penta TAMD-163A 4 x 315KW(E) @ 1500RPM

Future developments Austal Ships is in the process of customising the Citect application for future vessels. It is likely that as more of Citect’s benefits become apparent the features will be utilised in the design of the vessels electrical systems.

Austal USA is currently building two aluminum crew supply vessels for US offshore operators.

Citect Specifications General specifications for the Citect are: - 2 x 5000 point licenses on the bridge - Modicon TSX premium PLCs via

Austal’s recent joint venture with American counterpart Bender Shipbuilding Repair and Co. Inc. will allow Austal to take advantage of the US and surrounding domestic markets. The strategic move was mainly due to the US Jones Act, which prohibits non US commerical built vessels from operating from within America.

UNITE over ethernet TCP/IP - The Modnet drivers are used to talk to miscellaneous devices directly over the vessel’s redundant fibre optic network - Comms is TCP /IP and serial - In excess of 120 graphics pages

Interior view of the Euroferrys Pacifica

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