General Electric’s Power Conversion unit has secured an order from Brazilian shipbuilder Detroit Brasil to deliver dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems for next-generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500).
The vessels are currently being built at the Detroit shipyard for the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimo.
GE’s control system offers an energy-efficient mode and its advanced predictive control algorithm is capable of predicting future motion and updates during situations when the vessel plans to move close to or outside the operator permitted area.
With this feature, the vessel will be able to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and equipment maintenance requirements, GE said.
Starnav Serviços Marítimos general director Carlos Eduardo Pereira said: "As the industry faces ever more stringent cost competiveness, vessels need to perform efficiently with optimised fuel consumption and reduced environmental footprint."
Meanwhile, the vessel automation and control system of GE will allow the operator to have a better insight into fuel consumption across a range of operational scenarios and cumulatively across the entire mission profile.
The system features a novel fuel monitoring, recording and advisory system.
"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," Pereira added.
Once completed, Starnav will put the vessel in operation for Petrobras in 2015.
Image: The vessel will reduce fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.