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Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker to be modernised

The icebreaker Pierre Radisson The icebreaker Pierre Radisson Cephas CC3.0

A 38-year old Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, the Pierre Radisson, is to gain a new lease of life with the installation of a range of new hardware and software systems by ABB, including a remote monitoring system that will allow shore based teams to directly diagnose problems on the vessel from shore.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Sensors will be attached to onboard equipment, connecting the ship to ABB’s engineers as part of the company’s Remote Diagnostic Service, which aims to significantly reduce vessel down time. The vessel will also be upgraded with automation hardware and propulsion control software as part of an overhaul of its power distribution system.

The contract includes an additional option to modernise two other Coast Guard ships, Des Groseilliers and Amundsen, both of which have clocked up more than 30 years of service.

“When this vessel was constructed in 1978 most of the world was not even aware of the internet.  However, by utilising ABB’s concept of the Internet of Things, Services and People we will bring this vessel up to date,” said Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit.

“We have had great success in reducing our customers’ vessel downtime and maintenance cost through our Remote Diagnostic Service.”

Design and supply work is scheduled to begin immediately and installation and commissioning is expected to be finished by June 2017.

In winter, the Pierre Radisson breaks ice and escorts ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers. In summer, the ship travels to the Canadian Arctic to escort commercial ships, serving as a primary search and rescue unit and providing support to scientific missions when possible.{/mprestriction}

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