GE to Deliver Crane Systems for LNG Vessel Construction

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
GE’s drive system in action at the Dalian Shipyard. (Photo: GE)

When the time came to expand Dalian Shipyard’s shipbuilding and repair facilities to build next-generation LNG tankers and container vessels, they turned to long-term partner GE Power Conversion to supply the complete drive and automation system for Goliath Crane. Over their 12-year relationship, GE has helped Dalian Shipyard to remain competitive by supplying drive and automation technology up to the latest standards, as well as by adapting its drive solutions to Dalian Shipyard’s requirements making them more customized and flexible in connecting existing components and systems to GE’s crane technology.

The shipbuilding business is continually evolving based on the increased size of LNG tankers and container vessels, the demand to build these ocean mammoths quicker while maintaining the ever-present safety requirements and the need to manage or reduce energy use. GE’s sophisticated Goliath crane and accompanying drive system combined with the company’s long-term experience and track record of supplying these systems is helping Dalian Shipyard to meet these demands.

“We’ve been working with GE for 12 years. Their ability to customize drive and automation systems for large cranes is helping support the development of our shipbuilding and repair operations,” said Gao Guo Chun, project manager at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. “GE’s technology enables two of these 600-ton cranes to work simultaneously, enabling the handling of higher loads required for building larger vessels. At the same time, GE’s drive system technology saves significant amounts of energy. Working together with GE helps us continually push the boundaries of shipbuilding.”

GE’s drive technology delivers efficient and flexible control of electric power and is particularly designed to work and perform reliably under often severe environmental conditions. It brings optimized energy consumption and low pollution management by using active rectifiers. The control system is used to control both the drive and the crane. It is an innovative solution, which includes all the hardware and software interfaces for drive-related control functions such as encoder connections, brake inputs and outputs and fast inputs for safety and positioning functions. Important to Dalian Shipyard is the automatic skew control system (ASCS) control and regulation software, which ensures two gantry sides, both have a length around 200 meters, run simultaneously.

Furthermore, GE’s drive system high-overload capability, fault-tolerant design, intuitive and fast error-tracking capabilities offer robustness and increased availability of the equipment to the shipyard, helping to improve their performance in building vessels. Additionally, GE’s drive system brings reduced noise and heat emissions, has a low space requirement due to its compact design and offers high flexibility and low maintenance. It features quick replacement time of modules without the need for special tools or equipment.

“Our fully integrated crane management systems are helping our customers meet the evolving and demanding needs of the shipbuilding industry,” says Pascal Cros, general industry business leader, GE Power Conversion. “Our solutions are designed using active energy management and configurations enabling simplified status, diagnostics and fault detection so the operator can monitor all functions and data to improve overall operation of the crane. We’ve been working with Dalian Shipyard for many years. We understand their needs and together we are working on solutions that can help strengthen their role among China’s shipyards.”

www.gepowerconversion.com
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Two Navy Contracts for GD Bath Iron Works

Included in the latest listing of contracts awarded by the US Department of Defense, Navy, are two contracts with General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School to partner Old Dominion University

The Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Apprentice School and Old Dominion University (ODU) will take place tomorrow (23rd April) at 3101 Washington Ave.

Viking Welding Delivers Fire/Rescue Boats

Fire Departments in South Carolina and Minnesota have recently accepted delivery of Response FR-28 and FR-31J boats built of welded aluminum by Viking Welding & Fabrication in Kensington, N.

LNG

ISS to Support Petrobras Expansion

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS)  has had its port agency and tanker husbandry services contract significantly enlarged by Petrobras.   The Brazilian government-owned energy giant,

Keystone Backers Keep Their Faith In Embattled Pipeline Plan

Six years after applying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada's frustrated oil industry appears steadfast in its support of the plan even though Washington

U.S. Could Hit Russian Officials With Sanctions

The United States could impose sanctions on a range of Russian officials over the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1834 sec (5 req/sec)