Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea, has chosen GE’s Power Conversion business to provide the SeaStream Dynamic Positioning (DP) system for its training fisheries industry training vessel.
GE’s SeaStream DP enables the ship to perform operations such as controlling horizontal movement or holding position against harsh wind and in choppy waters with stability, safety and precision for a long time.
Professor LEE JONG-GUN, director of the PKNU Ship Training and Operations Center, PKNU, said: “We have more than six decades of onboard vessel training experience and are now adding a 14th vessel to the fleet. We are glad to work with GE, whose robust technology will contribute to us adding the largest and best equipped new vessel to our fleet.”
SeaStream DP can also be used to improve a vessel’s overall efficiency. It features an Energy Efficient mode that can reduce fuel consumption by using predictive software to anticipate position variation and to limit thrust changes if the vessel is predicted to remain within the ‘soft’ operating window, or an inner tolerance band.
If the vessel is predicted to move outside its ‘hard’ operating window (outer tolerance band), the system develops optimum thrust to remain within that window. Advanced algorithms are used to optimise vessel heading to further reduce power consumption and limit thruster/machinery wear and tear.
According to GE, fuel savings of 10 per cent or more may be achieved in this mode. Nitrogen oxides (NOx) may be reduced by up to 20 per cent.
“GE’s DP system is more mariner friendly, which is an excellent choice for fishery training purposes. With an informative and easily-operable human-machine interface, the system provides unprecedented flexibility and effectiveness that allows operators to truly focus on their maritime operations,” says Ed Torres, CEO of marine and oil & gas, GE’s Power Conversion business.
“We have partnered with multiple universities in Korea to provide DP systems in recent years, helping to train students with valuable skills and to fuel their ambition to pursue a successful career at sea,” explains Azeez Mohammed, president & CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business. “We are excited to be part of the journey, helping the next generation of maritime professionals excel with one of the most advanced technologies for efficient ship operations.”