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October 21, 2013
Client News

SSI is proud to be associated with the OCEAN Tundra tugboat project built by OCEAN Industries.
As a 100 tonne bollard pull ice class tug, the OCEAN Tundra is the most powerful harbour tugboat
to ever be built in Canada.

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SSI is proud to be associated with the OCEAN Tundra tugboat project built by OCEAN Industries.

As a 100 tonne bollard pull ice class tug, the OCEAN Tundra is the most powerful harbour tugboat to ever be built in Canada.

OCEAN Industries used SSI’s ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application to construct this vessel and SSI client Robert Allan Ltd. produced the design.

The project was so successful that OCEAN Industries decided to standardize on using ShipConstructor for future projects. This is a natural evolution from the company’s previous reliance on generic AutoCAD products.

In particular, Ocean Industries was impressed with how ShipConstructor is a specialized shipbuilding application with productivity enhancing features for facilitating engineering and construction. The software’s advantages regarding 3D modeling, piping, electrical cables and ventilation were noted. Also, Ocean Industries appreciated ShipConstructor’s capabilities for the automatic generation of manufacturing bills of materials, the ability to automatically number parts for cutting and assembly, and the ability to create a build strategy for the construction of the ship. OCEAN Industries found that these features really paid off in terms of increased productivity in the shipyard.

Philippe Filion, OCEAN’s Director of Public Affairs and Business Development says,

“The OCEAN Tundra has benefited a great deal from the ShipConstructor products. Having a nearly perfect steel package saved us quite a bit of time assembling the ship with a limited number of people. On this project, we have, for the first time, eliminated all cutting at the ship and included all edge preparation to the nestings.”

The enormously positive results on the OCEAN Tundra project are one example of what SSI calls Empowered Engineering; the creation of an accurate and detailed virtual model of the vessel in Engineering leads to benefits throughout the shipbuilding process.

For instance, as noted by Philippe Filion above, the OCEAN Tundra project showed how managing penetrations in the 3D model resulted in steel plate penetrations that were accurately cut in advance on a burning machine. In the past, these penetrations were often field cut by a tradesperson with a cutting torch in less than ideal circumstances.


About Ocean Industries

Ocean Industries shipyard is part of the Ocean Group of companies, one of the main suppliers of integrated marine services in Canada. The company has over 150 specialized workers. The Shipyard specializes in small to medium tonnage ships with steel or aluminum hulls. Ocean Industries has built more than 135 floating structures and done over 310 drydockings since its acquisition in 1997.

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