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Control & Automation

Control & Automation

We offer a full range of Control, Automation & Drives solutions to support offshore equipment build, retrofit, conversion and vessel new building projects. 


Control and automation systems in modern ships and offshore equipment are complex and highly integrated. The trend towards more sophisticated vessels with electric propulsion and complex specialist deck equipment produces systems with high levels of interdependency and often ‘hidden’ failure modes. 

Often large projects are delivered by multiple vendors and equipment manufacturers which requires a very close focus on interface engineering to ensure compatibility, standardisation and predicable performance.


Marine Auxiliary 

& Main Switchboards

Integrated Automation

& Machinery Control Systems 


Electronic Excitation

& Drive System Design


Data Acquisition &

Analysis Packages


Careful design, analysis and review is therefore required in order to satisfy owners, operators and their clients that the system will perform, is robust, fault tolerant and complies with statutory rules and industry best practice. 

We are very familiar with designing to and complying with the following standards:


  • DnV Rules for the Classification of Ships Part 4 Chapter 9 ‘Control & Monitoring Systems'
  • DnV Offshore Standard DNV-OS-D202 'Automation, Safety & Telecommunication Systems'
  • IEC 61508 ‘Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems (E/E/PE, or E/E/PES)'
  • ISO 13849-1:2006 ‘Safety of machinery – Safety related parts of control systems – Part 1: General Principles for design’
  • BSEN 60812 'Failure Mode and Effects Analysis'

Our Services:


  • Integrated Automation & Machinery Control Systems (IAMCS) for Ships and Mobile Offshore Units
  • Control System Packages for Offshore Pipe/Umbilical Lay Equipment [Tensioners; Carousels; Reel Drive Systems; Winches]
  • Control System Packages for Offshore Cable Lay Equipment [Linear Cable Engines, Drum Engines, Haulers] 
  • Active Heave Compensation Systems
  • Plough & ROV Launch & Recovery Control Systems
  • Multi-Purpose & Tool Handling Control Systems
  • Survey & Sonar Deployment & Recovery Control Systems 
  • PLC, SCADA & Network System Design
  • Vessel Power Management Systems & Dynamic Positioning System Integration
  • Generator Excitation System Design
  • Large AC and DC Drive Systems
  • Systems Integration

Interested in contacting MEC about your project?


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