GE’s Power Conversion business will provide dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems to equip the next generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500), currently under construction at the Detroit shipyard to the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda. These vessels, the first of which will be commissioned and will be put into operation by Starnav in 2015 on behalf of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, will target fuel efficiencies as one of their primary aims.
GE’s control system incorporates an Energy Efficient mode, part of GE’s ecomagination portfolio. GE has developed a predictive control algorithm which predicts future motion and updates the thrust demands if the vessel is calculated to move close to or outside the operator permitted area. This makes for fewer small, unnecessary corrections, thus reducing fuel consumption, emissions and equipment maintenance requirements.
Additionally GE’s vessel automation and control system, featuring a novel fuel monitoring, recording and advisory system, grants operators greater insight into fuel consumption across various operational scenarios and cumulatively across the entire mission profile. In consequence, operators and individual users are better equipped to manage operational effectiveness and operating costs.
“As the industry faces ever more stringent cost competiveness, vessels need to perform efficiently with optimized fuel consumption and reduced environmental footprint. GE’s Power Conversion business excels in offering such technologies that meet both requirements.” said Carlos Eduardo Pereira, General Director, Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda, “GE’s technology also helps to enhance the overall competitiveness when we are seeking prized charters from major operators such as Petrobras thanks to additional factors such as reliability. We are proud to have this long-term partnership with GE.”
This latest contract for four ships brings the number of Starnav ships featuring GE control systems to a total of 13.