Zentech, GE to partner on advanced vessels

(HOUSTON) — GE’s Marine Solutions business and Zentech Inc. have announced an agreement under which the two parties will work together to provide advanced vessels for their marine and offshore customers.

Covering a range of vessel types, including self-elevating lift boats, drill ships and semi-submersibles, the agreement leverages the strong capabilities from both companies. While Zentech will contribute with its in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in design, GE’s Marine Solutions business will provide smart and advanced engineering expertise and technology in power generation, propulsion and control.

Both GE and Zentech Inc. are working together to solve the challenges faced by the industry and meet customer demands for greater levels of coherence in vessel and system design while simultaneously striving to reduce the cost of construction and overall cost of ownership.

The landmark long-term deal has already started to bear results with a first implementation contract, which sees GE set to deliver its electric power and propulsion, dynamic positioning and vessel control system solutions for Zentech’s Z-210, currently under construction at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Ltd. in China.

The Z-210 is a self-propelled, self-elevating, DP-2 capable, ABS class, high-temperature (55 degrees Celsius) rated, four-legged mobile offshore unit capable of operating in water depths of up to 280 feet. Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the Z-210 addresses the growing needs for lift boats in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Far East markets where the production, well intervention and platform support activities require the capability for a wide range of water depths from as shallow as 13 feet all the way up to 280 feet.

Zentech Inc. is a Houston-based marine engineering and naval architecture firm that enjoys a global presence and a deep industrial expertise, which encompasses dynamically positioned semi-submersibles, drill ships, jack-up drilling units, modular platform drilling rigs, barge rigs, fixed offshore platforms, floating production systems, risers and pipelines.

For more information, visit www.ge.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff