GE technology powers Eastern Shipbuilding's next generation of MPSVs


(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Trust is earned, and after equipping over 20 purpose supply vessels (PSV)/multipurpose supply vessels (MPSV), GE has been chosen as the trusted partner of choice for Hornbeck Offshore Services’ (HOS) next generation of U.S.-flag, Jones Act-qualified MPSVs, constructed at Eastern Shipbuilding. 
The scope of GE technology onboard these two vessels include the first MKII MV3000 active front end (AFE) drive. Manufactured in Kidsgrove, United Kingdom, these drives have one of the highest power densities of any drive ever produced by GE’s Marine Solutions, providing performance comparable to a much larger solution while occupying far less space on board.
In addition to the drives, GE has also provided its latest generation dynamic positioning (DP) system. With the help of HOS’ input, the SeaStream DP system has a completely redesigned and improved user control interface. The new interface puts the control of the ship back into the hands of the mariner with simpler, intuitive controls, allowing critical information to be delivered in an easy-to-comprehend manner for the user, which results in more efficient DP operations.
Commenting on the project, Ken Munroe, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, said, “GE has already provided equipment on more than 20 vessels built by us, which is a testimony of our trust in their solutions. Throughout our long-term relationship, we have been very happy with their high-performance solutions.”
“These are our flagship U.S. MPSVs, and we are delighted to have some of the newest and most-advanced technology from GE equipping them,” said William Krewsky, director of projects and engineering at Hornbeck Offshore. “The solution provided by GE has been met with initial appreciation by our fleet operators during the sea trials and delivery of the lead vessel.”
Tim Schweikert, president and CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions, said, “At GE, customers define our success. We are delighted to provide the best of our solutions to enable Eastern Shipbuilding to build the next flagship vessels for HOS. Our longstanding relationship with them is a result of providing years of cutting-edge and reliable solutions, which have met their high standards.”
GE will provide its solutions for two of HOS’ MPSVs, both of which were delivered by the yard in January and April of this year, respectively. GE will also provide training to enable operators to use the new technology efficiently.
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By Professional Mariner Staff