Another milestone was achieved with the successful Factory Acceptance Test of the Main and Emergency Switchboards for the first ship. The FAT took place at Imtech Marine & Offshore’s facility in Rotterdam. The FAT was witnessed by Lloyd’s, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, Ferguson Shipbuilders, Tec-source EECS as well as the ships operator Calmac Ferry’s.
As well as demonstrating that the Switchboard control systems complied with rule requirements it was a good opportunity for both the Client and Operator to see how easily the switchboard could be operated and the simplicity of control from an operational view point.
The port and starboard main switchboards will control the three 330kWe main generators through its Integrated Control and Machinery Alarm System (ICMAS).
The test was the first in a series to be held at Imtech in Rotterdam in the coming months. The next major milestone being the integrated system test where the switchboards, drives cabinets, propulsion motors and batterys will be connected together for the first time and the full functionality of the system will be checked before the equipment is installed in the ship.