GE’s Marine Solutions upgrades electronic controllers on P&O Cruises vessel

25 Aug 2017

The upgrade is anticipated to take as little as 12 days because of GE’s Marine Solutions real-time digital simulator

GE’s Marine Solutions will upgrade its electronic controllers onboard P&O Cruises’ 77,499-tonne vessel Oceana.

The company will replace its Syconum 2 electronic controllers, already installed on the vessel formerly known as Ocean Princess, with the new generation of digital power electronics controllers on the four propulsion drives.

Tim Schweikert, president & CEO of GE’s Marine Solutions, said: “We are a long-term partner with Carnival (owner of P&O Cruises) and have, in the past, provided upgrade services for them on nine vessels. This agreement with P&O Cruises further reinforces our close partnership and is a clear indicator of the quality provided by our marine services.”

12-day upgrade

Enabled by a decentralized architecture, the new digital propulsion controller has a compact design. It aims to reduce its installation costs while improving operational safety through enhanced efficiency, asset availability and operational precision.

Using its real-time digital simulator, GE’s Marine Solutions expects to complete the service within 12 days. The company explained it will carry out tests at its Belfort Centre of Excellence using the simulator.

By creating a digital model of the vessel, engineers can simulate different scenarios and test a vessel’s behaviour, enabling GE’s Marine Solutions to facilitate a reliable upgrade within a short time period.

The upgrade is anticipated to take place in Hamburg at the end of the year.

The deal follows the company’s successful first-phase upgrade on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.

Mr Schweikert added GE’s Marine Solutions had equipped 30 vessels across the Carnival Corporation brands with its electric propulsion systems.

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