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The contracts total $2.6 million and will advance digital twin technology in the marine sector

April 19, 2023 – North Vancouver, BC – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded three contracts totaling approximately $2.6 million to enable four leading Canadian companies in the marine industry to advance digitalization and further modernize shipbuilding and fleet maintenance. These agreements represent Seaspan’s commitment to innovation and in providing growth opportunities across the pan-Canadian supply chain, enabling companies to sustain and grow over the long term and better position Canadian technology in the export market.

In March 2022, Seaspan launched its HoloShip platform, an immersive visualization system that allows designers, engineers, production teams, and customers to virtually experience a fully detailed, three-dimensional, and accurate digital model of a vessel, using an integrated 5.6-metre-wide display wall and virtual reality headset.

The HoloShip platform and the projects being announced today are part of Seaspan Shipyards’ value proposition commitments under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. In addition to providing funding, Seaspan will give Gastops, BCS Automation, 3GA Marine and Kognitiv Spark access to its HoloShip platform – along with decades of shipbuilding expertise and use cases.

Seaspan is accelerating digital transformation through supporting these specific projects:


“Seaspan’s partnership with leading Canadian companies in the marine industry is another important step to boost innovation and support the country’s marine supply chains, while leveraging the use of the HoloShip platform. This will help to ensure we have the modern ships needed and lead to the creation of well-paying jobs for Canadians.”

“As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s overarching objective to build a sustained, long-term shipbuilding industry, Seaspan is leading several key innovation areas. Digital twins offer huge potential in all phases of a ship’s lifecycle. By partnering and funding these three companies, we can move the Canadian marine digital twin ecosystem forward with a goal of leading the world in this area.”

“For over 40 years our business has provided propulsion system performance modelling services, and advanced sensing products to the marine and aerospace markets. The Holoship Initiative provides us with a great opportunity to fuse these capabilities into a holistic solution, and establish a Propulsion, Emission, and Predictive Maintenance Digital Twin. We are extremely excited to advance this technology with Seaspan, an industry leader, and contribute to the Canadian shipbuilding ecosystem.”

“3GA Marine and Kognitiv Spark have teamed up to revolutionize marine engineering with mixed reality technology to enhance vessel operations, streamline engineering procedures and pave the way for autonomous operations in the future. Seaspan’s HoloShip program supports this groundbreaking initiative, which will replace certain functionalities typically found in a vessel’s Machinery Control Room with a Hololens and associated software integration tools. This technological leap is set to transform the marine industry.”

“We are thrilled to leverage and develop the word-class talent our Canadian team brings to this innovative project here in Belleville, Ontario. This partnership exemplifies our commitment to emerging technologies like Predictive Digital Twins and Virtual Reality Immersive Models. We are proud of our partnership with Seaspan and of our participation in the National Shipbuilding Strategy, as we help develop the next generation of Canadian shipbuilders.”

About Seaspan Shipyards

Seaspan Shipyards, a division of Seaspan ULC, is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of 3,200 in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards has proven itself to be a trusted partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector. Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits, and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries. 

About BCS Automation

BCS Automation provides custom solutions and high-quality products to meet client’s specific electrical and automation objectives. A proud testament to their continual growth and contributions to both Canadian and international marine industries is the successful completion of challenging projects on commercial, Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy vessels. Their desire to advance the marine industry has led to the design, production, and implementation of automation systems around the world.

About Gastops

Gastops is the world’s leading provider of intelligent condition monitoring solutions for Aerospace, Defence, Energy, and Industrial applications to optimize the availability, performance, and safety of critical assets. We offer peace of mind to our customers with innovative online monitoring sensors, at-line analysis, complex modeling and simulation, world class laboratory testing, engineering, design, and MRO services that predict performance to enable proactive operating decisions. Gastops has been providing powerful insights into the condition of critical equipment since 1979. 

About 3GA Marine

3GA Marine is a leading marine engineering and consulting firm with a strong track record of delivering innovative, reliable, and cost-effective solutions for its clients. The company’s services include vessel design, re-powering, and integration of new technological advancements to help clients stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry.

About Kognitiv Spark

Kognitiv Spark is a pioneering mixed reality solutions provider dedicated to developing cutting-edge applications for a wide range of industries. Their innovative solutions empower organizations to enhance productivity, safety, and efficiency through the power of mixed reality.


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Ali Hounsell, Director of Communications