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SS River Embley: Manoeuvring, Alarm and Boiler control

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THE Steam Ship (SS) River Embley is a purpose-built bulk bauxite carrier built during the 1983 Mideast oil crisis for the run between Gladstone and Weipa in Queensland. It has coal-fired boilers to eliminate fuel oil spills or leaks in the event of accidents in the environmentally sensitive areas of the Great Barrier Reef.

Due to the uniqueness and age of the vessel, the original control systems were proving unreliable and were no longer supported by the vessel manufact-urer. Equipment reliability, while maneuvering through the tight channels of the Great Barrier Reef is essential. Therefore replacement of the control systems related to maneuvering, monitoring and boiler control was necessary.

Controls re-engineering was carried out by I S Systems in three main areas: maneuvering and main engine control; alarm monitoring and engineer call system; and boiler control system.

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