PSM Secures Instrumentation Order in Support of Royal Canadian Navy Joint Support Ship

PSM, working closely with its Canadian agent BEP Bestobell, has secured an instrumentation order for the newbuild Joint Support Ship (JSS) being built by Seaspan Shipyards for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

This is the first of two such vessels, named HMCS Protecteur, being constructed for the Navy. The keel of the future HMCS Protecteur was laid on Jan. 16 and the delivery of the vessel is scheduled for 2023.

With a length of 173.7 meters and a breadth of 24 meters, this multi-purpose naval vessel will be the largest ever constructed in Canada and has a significant instrumentation requirement with more than 140 level & pressure transmitters, more than 30 flood detection switches, and associated termination modules. We are also expecting a future order for all tank level alarm switches.

The level transmitters supplied by PSM are its latest generation APT1000 configurable transmitters, which have already equipped on a number of other naval vessel projects. The APT1000 is manufactured from a choice of corrosion-resistant materials, is capable of withstanding the toughest operating conditions, and is certified according to ATEX and IECEx regulations for installation in hazardous areas, making it the ideal choice for this type of vessel.

Protecteur class Joint Support Ship (JSS)

The Joint Support Ship (JSS) vessels, also called Protecteur class after the lead ship, are a class of two naval auxiliaries being constructed by Seaspan Shipyards for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

The vessels will replace the underway replenishment (UNREP) capability of the now-retired Protecteur-class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels, as well as provide strategic sealift and some airlift for the Canadian Army and the Navy, and command facilities for a Canadian Forces “joint force” or “naval task group”. They will be capable of conducting a wide range of military operations in high-threat environments.

The Protecteur class vessels are based on the German Navy Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship design offered by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada (TKMS Canada). The final design was done by Seaspan and the Protecteur class is the fourth vessel class to be designed and built by Seaspan under the NSS.

The first vessel was named Protecteur after HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) and the second will be named Preserver after HMCS Preserver (AOR 510), taking the names of the ships that they are to replace.

The vessels have a length of 173.7 meters, a breath of 24 meters, and a design displacement of nearly 20,000 tonnes. They are among the largest ships built on Canada’s West Coast and are the largest naval ship by length ever built in Canada once complete.

They ships will have a cruising speed of 15 knots, a top speed of 20 knots and a range of ~10,800 (20,000 km) nautical miles. They will have ice-edge capability to access Nanisivik Naval Facility in the summer navigation season.

The vessels will have a multi-purpose covered deck with the ability to carry up to 10,000 tonnes of ship fuel, 1,300 tonnes of aviation fuel, 1,100 tonnes of ammunition as well as 1,000–1,500 lane meters of deck space for carrying vehicles and containerized cargo. The vessels will also have hospital facilities as well as a large helicopter deck with two landing spots for the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters, hangar space for four helicopters, and a roll-on/roll-off deck for vehicles onto a dock.

The JSS will have a crew of up to 199 personnel plus its air detachment and mission personnel for a total of 239 onboard accommodations.

The first of class, HMCS Protecteur, is scheduled for a 2023 delivery with HMCS Preserver expected to follow in 2025.

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