GE's Power Conversion Business at Your Side

Marinelink.com
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
GE Power Conversion: GEPCPR204

GE’s Power Conversion Business Can’t Control the Weather but Allows the Mariner to Control the Ship.

 

  • Energy Efficient Dynamic Position Control System Supports GE’s ecomagination Strategy
  • Up to 10 Percent Fuel Savings
  • Stand-Alone or Part of a Fully Integrated System Configured for More Efficient Power and Propulsion Deployment


As much as we hate to admit it, success is based on how well we adapt to situations we simply can’t control. That’s why, when it comes to holding a drillship on-site, as winds whip the sea and the underwater currents into a frenzy, oil companies and their contractors turn to GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE). It’s what we do.


We are your watchful experts on the bridge with a full knowledge of the ship putting one of the industry’s most powerful dynamic positioning systems at the mariner’s fingertips, and we do it efficiently saving operators up to 10 percent in fuel usage.


The latest dynamic positioning (DP) system from GE’s Power Conversion business is more functional and “mariner friendly” than ever before. GE has introduced numerous improvements to facilitate its use, most importantly through the use of a new human-machine interface (HMI) with a clean and uncluttered control panel that is easy to view and understand.


Meanwhile, behind the scenes, new ways of optimizing the DP control strategy can save significant amounts of fuel, reduce equipment wear and tear and increase machinery maintenance intervals. As part of GE’s ecomagination portfolio, the new DP system supports GE’s commitment to deliver cleaner and more-efficient sources of energy. Operational costs can be reduced and overall system uptime/availability increased.


“The new DP system provides several energy-saving options for the operator, depending on the vessel’s function and its circumstances at any particular time and place,” explains Paul English, marine business leader for GE Power Conversion. “For example, when a supply vessel is alongside a rig, what the captain wants above all else is high accuracy positioning. But if the same supply vessel is standing by at a significant distance off the rig, a greater degree of position accuracy tolerance may be acceptable, and this can be exploited to substantially reduce fuel consumption.”


In Power Conversion’s new Energy Efficient Mode, the position and heading of the vessel are both controlled automatically. Predictive software is used to anticipate position variation and to limit thrust changes if the vessel is predicted to remain within the so-called “soft” operating window, or an inner tolerance band. If the vessel is predicted to move outside its “hard” operating window (outer tolerance band), the system develops optimum thrust to remain within that window. Advanced algorithms are used to optimize vessel heading to further reduce power consumption and limit thruster/machinery wear and tear.


 
Since GE introduced the new DP system earlier this year, its Energy Efficient Mode has attracted significant interest. This is not surprising, given that studies have shown that fuel saving in this mode may be as much as 10 percent or more, with an associated NOx reduction of as much as 20 percent, depending on environmental factors and exact operational profile.


While GE’s Power Conversion can’t control the weather, yet, we can make sure that mariners have access to one of the best systems and one of the best tools to power, propel and position their ships and rigs.

 

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

People & Company News

Wärtsilä Expects 5% Sales Growth

Wärtsilä announced its third quarter results, reporting that it sees good development in order intake and profitability. According to Wärtsilä, third quarter

MacGregor Reorganizes into 7 Operative Divisions

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announces changes in its operative structure and starts a reorganization into seven operative divisions which will become effective on January 1, 2015.

Iridium Partners with Trimble to Support Expansion

Iridium Communications Inc. announced an agreement with Trimble that expands the company's use of satellite communications in its core Transportation and Logistics

Environmental

Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United

Energy

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Wärtsilä Expects 5% Sales Growth

Wärtsilä announced its third quarter results, reporting that it sees good development in order intake and profitability. According to Wärtsilä, third quarter

Total CEO Plane Crash: Russian Prosecutors Detain More Suspects

Russian prosecutors detained four Moscow airport workers and denied bail to the driver of a snow plough which hit a private jet killing the CEO of French oil company Total earlier this week,

Marine Power

MAN Diesel & Turbo Updates Turbocharger Safety Warning

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has released an update to Alert Service Bulletin ASB2013/02/18 containing important safety information related to NA and NR type grey cast iron turbochargers.

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Wärtsilä Expects 5% Sales Growth

Wärtsilä announced its third quarter results, reporting that it sees good development in order intake and profitability. According to Wärtsilä, third quarter

News

Containers, Cruises Help Boost Marseilles Fos

Container throughput at French port Marseilles Fos reached 876,711 teu for the period January to September, an increase of 6% on the first nine months last year.

Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators

MAN Diesel & Turbo Updates Turbocharger Safety Warning

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has released an update to Alert Service Bulletin ASB2013/02/18 containing important safety information related to NA and NR type grey cast iron turbochargers.

Vessels

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United

Chief of Naval Personnel Visits Naval Special Warfare

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran visited Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sailors during an all hands call on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oct.

FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.7809 sec (1 req/sec)