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GE Deepens its Commitment towards Efficient Maritime Operations by Reinvesting in Its State-of-the-Art DP School

GE Deepens its Commitment towards Efficient Maritime Operations by Reinvesting in Its State-of-the-Art DP School

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30 November 2016

GE’s Marine Solutions has long proved its extensive expertise in dynamic positioning (DP) technology and training capability through customer project execution and services provided worldwide.

To continue improving customer experience and enhancing marine training and service capability, GE has reinvested in the Marine Technical Center, its flagship DP training school opened in 2005, by moving the school to a larger facility in the Westway Plaza, Houston.

At the heart of GE’s marine’s operations, the training center is accredited and regulated by the Nautical Institute (NI) and meets Class A standards. It is on an exclusive list where only a few DP schools worldwide are authorized to conduct sea time reduction (STR) courses. Mariners undergoing the STR training will be credited with 30 days of DP sea time when they complete the five-day courses. It is a prime example of how GE excels in its efforts towards ensuring more efficient maritime operations.

The school provides a contemporary visualisation system; a full interactive instrument panel and hands-on immersion DP training. In addition, the school has also expanded its existing training portfolio and introduced new marine training courses, which cover a larger scope of maritime operations. With expanded capacity, the new training center will also be able to train twice as many trainees as before in areas such as power management automation, propulsion and drilling operation and other operation and maintenance courses.

One of the added value for marine customers comes in the form of hands-on experience with some of GE’s most exciting technologies. Among others, the new training center will showcase MV3000, SD7000 and low- and medium-voltage switchboards to facilitate better training.

By consolidating the North American technical support facilities into the same location, GE is bringing field engineers to provide enhanced remote monitoring and diagnostic support to its customers. By using digital tools such as SeaStream* Insight and Visor, the facility is transforming into a digital marine technical support center, establishing Houston at the heart of GE’s Marine Solutions in North America with stronger engineering presence.

"Building upon extensive experience in the marine industry, GE has had the privilege to train mariners on the latest technologies for the last decade,” said Scott Dickson, North American projects & services leader, GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion. "Building on the success of our existing DP school and the interest shown by our customers, we are now moving to a site that will help us increase the span of our operations.”

"This is an exciting time and opportunity for us to continue growing our operations, especially as we see the demand for technical support and training gain momentum. As a reliable partner of the marine industry, we strongly believe in not only providing some of the best marine solutions, but also educating mariners on how to make the best use of these technologies to carry out safer and more efficient maritime operations,” said Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions.

Training courses on SeaStream* DP, vessel automation and control systems and MV3000 drives are readily available. Trainings on LV5, MV6, SD7000 and switchgear will be available starting May 2017.