GE marine solutions has been chosen to equip Hornbeck Offshore Services’ (HOS) two multipurpose supply vessels (MSV) with its MV3000 Active Front End (AFE) drive and dynamic positioning (DP) system.
The two next-generation, Jones Act-qualified MPSVs were constructed at Eastern Shipbuilding and delivered this year.
GE earlier equipped 20 vessels for Eastern Shipbuilding, which is claimed to have paved the way for GE as the partner of choice for critical technologies for the latest vessels.
Manufactured in the UK, the MKII MV3000 AFE features a high-power-density, while occupying less space on-board.
Additionally, GE will provide its latest SeaStream DP system, which features a new design and an improved user control interface.
The new interface allows mariners to control the ship in a simpler manner. Critical information is delivered in an easy-to-understand way for users, which subsequently promotes efficient DP operations.
Hornbeck Offshore projects and engineering director William Krewsky said: "These are our flagship US MPSVs, and we are delighted to have some of the newest and most-advanced technology from GE equipping them.
"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."
GE will also provide training to enable operators to use the new technology efficiently.
Image: GE to provide equipment for two MSV built at Eastern Shipbuilding. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.