Enerpac Synchronous Lifting Pump and HTC Cylinders support the build of a new JSS

The team at the Vancouver-based Seaspan shipyard has used an Enerpac EVO Synchronous Lifting Pump and 12 High Tonnage Hydraulic Lifting Cylinders, supplied by local Enerpac distributor Hyseco, to support the build of a new Joint Support Ship. 

The JSS vessels will provide an important supporting function to the Royal Canadian Navy by providing marine fuel, provisions, and support for training and humanitarian operations. When fully constructed, the JSS will weigh an estimated 10,895-ton, and measure 173.7m length with a breadth of 24m.

Precise movement of such a large and heavy object requires exact control and synchronized movement of all lifting points. The EVO system works using a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), enabling each of the 12 lifting points to be monitored and controlled by a single operator.

The 12 cylinders used were Enerpac HCG1506-Series single acting models. Each of these are capable of supporting a load of up to 168 tons and can withstand 10% side-load over the full stroke. On the body and plunger, the cylinders feature a tough and anti-corrosive nitrocarburized finish. Inside, they incorporate polymer bearings to prevent scouring from side load.

The cylinders were positioned between the footings and frame assembly supporting the ship. Each point was adjusted by automatic control of the oil flow to each cylinder – causing the cylinder plungers advance and retract accordingly. The EVO pump maintains accurate positional control within 0.040 inches (1 mm) between lagging and leading cylinders and includes built-in warning and stop alarms for optimum safety. 

Using the EVO System reduced manual intervention. Having just one operator to control 12 lift points from a single intuitive interface was more productive and accurate – ultimately helping to maintain structural integrity as the build progressed.