GE Power Conversion, a France-based electrical engineering firm and subsidiary of General Electric (GE), is set to provide its dynamic positioning (DP) technology to Hornbeck Offshore’s four new multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs).

The technology features an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) that helps mariners in complex dynamic positioning operations while handling their ships.

The system, in its ‘Energy Efficiency’ mode, also offers the owner/operator reduced fuel consumption with the associated reduction in engine emissions.

With the technology installed, the Hornbeck’s MPSVs can operate either as a subsea construction vessel or as a resupply and support vessel.

Hornbeck Offshore chief operating officer executive vice president Carl G Annessa said the DP solution and its user interface is the heart of a ship’s positioning system.

"When we can continue to work with a company that knows us, has supplied us with systems in the past and, with our input, can supply us with a next generation system we can rely on, it remarkably enhances our mission to provide value-added business solutions for our own customers," Annessa added.

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GE will also provide integrated diesel-electric systems such as generators, propulsion and thruster drives, motors, switchboards, LV distribution, transformers, Class 2 DP, power management, alarm and monitoring, vessel control, internal and external communications systems, and an integrated bridge system comprising a comprehensive navigation and communications suite including radars, ECDIS, GMDSS for the vessels.

GE Power Conversion marine leader Paul English said that it is extremely satisfying to work with a partner like Hornbeck Offshore Services and over time, watch their technology contribute to the success of others in the offshore industry.

"In the design of our new DP HMI, we included observations and comments from senior DP operators and operations managers at Hornbeck Offshore, derived over a period of months in formal and informal discussions, to help ensure that we were providing them with a system that fulfilled their operational needs," English added.

GE is also providing its technology for Hornbeck’s series of ten platform supply vessels (PSVs).