GE’s Power Conversion business was awarded a contract by the Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fl. The contract entails GE supplying integrated diesel-electric power, propulsion and vessel control systems for two multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs) with installed horsepower of 12,070 BHP (9,000 kW). Eastern will build the MPSVs for Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La.
Over the last four years, GE has signed seven contracts with Eastern, equipping a total of 24 vessels. Recently, Eastern and Hornbeck launched the first in a series of 10 platform supply vessels (PSVs), which GE also equipped.
The new contract is for the first of two multipurpose support vessels for the company.
The vessel control systems include Class 2 Dynamic Positioning (DP), power management, alarm and monitoring, vessel control and an integrated bridge system comprising navigation and communication equipment.
“GE is at the forefront of powering, propelling and positioning the offshore industry,” said Paul English, marine leader, GE Power Conversion. “We are not just a partner for the shipyard. We are also a long-term partner for the vessel owner, Hornbeck. Over the years to come, we’ll be there to support them with service support, system enhancements and upgrades. We are there for the life of the vessel.”
GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electrification of the world’s energy infrastructure by designing and delivering motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. GE Power Conversion specializes in energy, marine, oil and gas, renewables and industry, through customized solutions and advanced technologies.