Total ship automation

With over 100 years of experience in ship building, Eekels offers a wide range of solutions. Our in-house developed alarm and monitoring system has enabled us meet market requirements, and where necessary adapt to the market.

Eekels Total Ship automation

Automation plays an ever-increasing and important role on board ships. Eekels can now deliver the sixth generation Eekels Machine Room Alarm system, a development from the original 1970 version. The first step to Total Ship Automation. The Eekels automation system consists of tried and tested (marine approved) components and runs on Eekels’ own operating platform. The heart of the system is formed by ruggedized PCs (IPCs) in combination with PLCs for the control and interfacing. Multiple redundancy, system independency and state-of-the-art operating software make the system one of a kind in the market. The latest Eekels automation system is more than just an operating system. It is a multifunctional platform for various applications in the maritime, industrial and automotive market.


With over 100 years’ experience in the Marine & Offshore market, Eekels has developed the Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoy automation. An SPM buoy means that a tanker does not to have to go into port in order to load or unload a product. Monitoring and controlling the loading and unloading is dealt with by the SPM buoy automation.

The system is based on a redundant PLC configuration that handles control and data acquisition. Onshore the system can be monitored with the Onshore Tanker Unit, which is linked to the control via a redundant wireless Ethernet connection. On board the tanker the whole process can be monitored and controlled by using a Mobile Tanker Unit built into a watertight trunk. The system can easily be linked to a parent SCADA/ DCS system and can be delivered in the desired class label.

Power Management System

PMS is part of the operating system and takes care of the control of the generators and automatic circuit breakers in order to meet the energy demand as efficiently as possible. The latest generation of the Eekels automation system can also be used in combination with the control of the engine power or adjustable propellers. In this way, the energy management of the whole propulsion train can be optimized.

Ballast Control System

The main function of the BCS (Ballast Control System) is operating the valves and pumps to make ballasting as efficient and safe as possible. Using an intuitive graphic interface ensures a user-friendly operation. The speed of the system provides for real-time operation and feedback. The system is suitable for full integration with tank measurement systems and loading programmes.