US-based conglomerate General Electric’s (GE) marine solutions has completed a series of upgrade activities on Carnival’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 (QM2).
During the 18-day upgrade period, GE replaced oil distribution boxes on steerable pods, modified harmonic filters, and conducted general maintenance on the propulsion plant of the vessel. An upgrade on the ship's controls was also carried out.
Completed ahead of schedule, the upgrade will allow the vessel to operate for a further 20 years.
GE's marine solutions president and CEO Tim Schweikert said: “This was a hugely rewarding project. Achieving what we did in 18 days is an example of GE’s commitment and dedication to customers.
“We highly value our long-term relationship with Carnival and are proud to be chosen once again to provide the service they needed. We look forward to partnering on more projects in the future.”
The company said that it had already tested and validated its technical solutions before implementing them on-board the vessel.
In addition, GE has announced it has received approval in principle (AiP) for its newly developed 20,000 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) container ship design, which will be powered by a GE combined gas turbine electric and steam (COGES) system.
Developed in partnership with Dalian Shipbuilding Industry, the design will enable increased container carrying capability, lower life cycle cost, and improved environmental performance.
The COGES will be developed on the basis of GE’s dual-fuel gas turbine, which meets the global environmental regulations and helps reduce operating costs.
Image: The Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.