Integrated Automation System SeaMACS

SeaMACS is designed as a scalable integrated automation system for marine applications, meeting the special requirements of ship owners in both the navy and merchant sector. The IAS ensures the safe operation of vessels through constantly monitoring vessel machinery and equipment, delivering alarm and status information at any time. It is designed to meet the classification societies for unmanned machinery spaces.

SeaMACS IAS Features

  • Monitoring
  • Control
  • Alarms
  • Trends
  • Reports

All the systems on the ship that connect to the SeaMACS system are monitored and supervised through an intuitive HMI. The HMI is designed with focus on ship operation.

More than 30 years of experience has been a part of this design. One of our goals is to ensure safe and efficient operation of the vessel.

SeaMACS-IAS monitoring-screen
Screenshot of user-interface 'Monitoring'

The SeaMACS system also controls ship systems like:

  • Propulsion control
  • Power management system
  • Valves
  • Pumpes
  • etc.

This is done either via distributed I/O, or via Ethernet or serial communication with different types of systems.

SeaMACS IAS control screen
Screenshot of user-interface 'Control'

The system gives an overview of the following:

  • All current active alarms
  • A summary of a predefined number of the last active alarms
  • An alarm history log that stores all alarm conditions and alarm transitions for a predefined period

In addition, the system offers a combined trend and alarm view which allows performing analysis of trend and alarms together. That way, the operator can analyse trends and alarms for a given time span in one single window.

alarms screen of IAS system SeaMACS
Screenshot of user interface 'Alarm Summary'

Trends can be set to collect and monitor data. Depending on the requirements the data can either be collected periodically or when a specific situation occurs.

The system can be set up to store a given set of trend tags or all tags on the ship can be trended and kept for a given time period. As an example it is possible to go back in time and perform analysis of situations and incidents that occurred back in time.

In addition, the system offers a combined trend and alarm view which allows performing analysis of trend and alarms together. That way, the operator can analyse trends and alarms for a given time span in one single window.

combined alarms & trends screen of IAS system SeaMACS
Screenshot of user-interface 'Combined trend & alarm analysis'

Reports can be created based on the status of the system or when special conditions occur in the system. They can be run on request, at set times or event-dependent. For example, daily reports on fuel consumption, tank levels can be set up. All reports can be saved to disk and/or printed.

report screen of IAS system SeaMACS
Screenshot of user-interface 'Reports'

SeaMACS IAS Benefits

Reliability through redundant architecture

The redundant architecture of the system is designed to allow minimum downtime of the system by providing optimum reliability. Any downtime can in worst case induce costs and damage to equipment, therefore the ability to have redundancy both at the top level and the lower level is a standard part of the system.

Scalability of network architecture

In order to meet future requirements for SCADA networks the system is Ethernet-based. Ethernet is capable of handling large amounts of data, it is transparent and scalable. The SeaMACS integrated automation system is built around the principle and can easily be expanded or modified for future upgrades or add-ons without having to modify any of the existing system hardware or software.

Intuitivity and connectivity of user-interfaces

The user-interface is designed to help the operator easily navigate within the IAS. Over 140 communication drivers are included in the software, allowing for interfacing between over 300 different types of I/O devices, PLCs and other systems.