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On Board with OSI Maritime Systems

British Columbia (B.C.)-based OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has carved a niche as a leading provider of integrated navigation and tactical solutions in the dynamic landscape of naval and maritime security operations. Specializing in tactical navigation systems tailored for warships, submarines and small craft, OSI has garnered acclaim for its cutting-edge technology and unwavering commitment to excellence.

With a robust portfolio, OSI caters to 25 NATO and Allied naval customers worldwide, representing an impressive fleet of over 700 warships and submarines operating with OSI’s state-of-the-art integrated navigation and tactical solutions. The company’s commitment to excellence extends to its training and support services, ensuring that all its naval customers receive unparalleled expertise.

Navigation charting system shown inside a dark submarine.At the core of OSI’s offerings is an integrated bridge system that features a scalable console design that plays a crucial role in helping navigators steer ships safely by displaying feeds from various navigation sensors, including radar, global position system (GPS), speed logs, etc. This system includes OSI’s Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System (ECPINS), commonly known as a Warship Electronic Charting Display Information System (WECDIS) and OSI’s Integrated Tactical Navigation System (INTS).


Charting a Path to Success

OSI Maritime Systems traces its origins back to 1977 when it pioneered the development of electronic charts initially designed for commercial use. Notably, they were the first in Canada, and possibly among the earliest globally, to introduce the electronic charting technology known as Electronic Chart Information Display System (ECDIS). For these achievements, the company’s founder, Helmut Lanziner, received the prestigious Order of Canada for his groundbreaking work in ECDIS.

Over time the company transitioned into focusing exclusively on the defence sector and target NATO and Allied navies with ECPINS, OSI’s WECDIS product.

Having been in business for over four decades, OSI operates from a corporate office and a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Burnaby, B.C. and employs over 330 highly skilled engineers and support staff.

A key aspect of OSI’s success lies in its business development and government relations strategy, which effectively navigates regulatory landscapes. With the help of B.C.’s Trade and Investment representatives, the company attends 15-20 tradeshows annually. Trade and Invest BC supports OSI in establishing connections, navigating political nuances, and facilitating engagement with shipyards and naval military entities.

Knowing the Ropes

Officers at a trade show listening to an OSI Maritime representative at a booth.Participating in renowned tradeshows such as Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), World Defense Show (WDS) and Euronaval, OSI Maritime Systems continues to showcase its technological prowess. The company’s success is evident in its growing global presence and reaffirmed by recent industry accolades.

OSI Maritime Systems recently won two BC Export Awards (2023) under the Advancing Technology & Innovation category and the other in Manufacturing Products. These accolades underscore OSI’s ability to navigate the complex waters of the maritime technology landscape. With a foundation built on innovation, collaboration and strategic partnerships, OSI continues to lead the way in providing integrated solutions for global maritime security.

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