SEASTEMA and HANWHA SYSTEMS have delivered the SEASNavy Engineering Control System (ECS) on the first of eight Daegu-class frigates (FFX-II), built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

FFX-II is the first South Korean warship to be fitted with a CODLOG integrated gas turbine and electric propulsion. This complex propulsion arrangement is entirely controlled by the advanced propulsion control system supplied by HANWHA SYSTEMS and SEASTEMA and based on SEASNavy ECS platform.

SEASNavy ECS is a state-of-the-art suite of software subsystems for the integrated platform management, developed by SEASTEMA with the goal of complying with the new demanding operational requirement of modern naval vessels in terms of flexibility and reliability.

SEASNavy is characterised by a high level of integration and a significant number of new control modules and automated features, whose functionality and reliability has already been well-proven in several European Naval programmes.

One of the key factors for the success of this project is in the sophisticated Dynamic Simulation technique employed by SEASTEMA. This tool allows testing the most important control software algorithms in a laboratory environment before going on-board.

The other key for success has been the contribution of HANWHA SYSTEMS, the prime contractor with an important share of localisation, ensuring a proactive project management approach and an invaluable local support and cooperation with the customer.

DSME chief engineer Mr YOO Kyung Nam commented: “This project was particularly challenging for DSME because of the new complex propulsion configuration and other innovative solutions.

“Thanks to the local commitment of HANWHA SYSTEMS, the professionality and competence of SEASTEMA’s engineers and its mother company and the high-quality of the product, the project was carried on without problems and within the scheduled milestones.

“Furthermore, the short time required for the setting to work and testing of the ECS system, helped the shipyard and equipment manufactures in their commissioning and tuning activities.”