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GE Marine Introduces New Navigational Technologies at International WorkBoat

NEW ORLEANS - Today at the International WorkBoat exhibition, GE Marine announced that Harvey Gulf has chosen GE’s breakthrough Tier 4 compliant marine diesel engines for its latest vessel and introduced new software-based navigational solutions. The engine and navigation solutions are on display at booth #3128.

Harvey Gulf Selects GE Marine’s Tier 4 Engines

Harvey Gulf recently purchased two of GE Marine’s new EPA Tier 4 emissions-compliant medium-speed diesel engines for its latest multi-purpose field support vessel.

Harvey Gulf provides offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deep-water operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Harvey Gulf will be among the first customers to operate GE’s diesel engines that meet EPA Tier 4 emissions standards without SCR after-treatment or urea injection.

“We chose the GE Marine Tier 4 engines for their reliability, low life-cycle cost, capability to meet EPA Tier 4 emissions requirements without urea after treatment, weight and space efficiency as well as ease of maintenance,” said Shane Guidry, Chairman & CEO of Harvey Gulf.

“We are extremely pleased Harvey Gulf selected GE as a partner. We look forward to providing our advanced technology Tier 4 solution which operates more efficiently while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations to date,” said Afra Gerstenfeld, General Manager of Transportation’s Marine group.

The vessel is designed by naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. and will be built by Eastern Shipbuilding. Local support will be provided by GE Marine’s Distributor, Cummins MidSouth.

On Display at the GE Marine Booth

WorkBoat attendees visiting GE Marine’s booth #3128 can obtain a copy of Global Offshore & Marine Solutions Guide, a comprehensive overview of GE offerings which power, propel and position the maritime industry. Attendees can see and experience:

GE Marine’s Tier 4 compliant 250 Series Engine: GE Marine’s family of medium-speed marine diesel engines includes 12- and 16-cylinder V250 models and 6- and 8-cylinder L250 models that range from 1.3 MW to 4.7 MW. GE Marine offers an innovative non-Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for its L250 and V250 series diesel engines that requires no urea-based after-treatment. Eight years in the making, this technology reduces key emissions by more than 70% and enables in-engine compliance with EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III emissions standards.

A study to be published in early 2015 commissioned by GE Marine from Jensen Maritime (www.jensenmaritime.com), a leading naval engineering and architectural firm, compared GE Marine’s in-engine Tier 4 solution to a competitor’s solution requiring urea after-treatment on a typical line-haul tug. A few of the highlights cited in the study include:

  • GE Marine provides a significantly less complex solution with no additional onboard equipment or storage for urea as well as no dockside support infrastructure for urea storage and processing.
  • GE Marine’s engine takes up about only 25% of the engine room space required by the competitive solution.
  • GE Marine’s engine weighs about only 25% of the competitor’s solution.

The study also noted GE Marine’s engine advantages in fuel savings and operational capability on lower exhaust and ambient temperatures.

GE Marine’s Vessel Performance Analyzer: GE’s Visual Performance Analyzer provides real-time comparisons of multiple electrical configurations, enabling GE to design and configure optimal power, propulsion and electrical solutions in collaboration with our customers to match each vessel’s performance requirements. GE’s Visual Performance Analyzer also calculates the annual operational expenditures of the design, so equipment selections can be made to minimize fuel consumption and achieve operational expenditure savings.

SeaStream™ Dynamic Positioning (DP) System: GE’s mariner-friendly package of marine control and displays acknowledges the unique skills and high expectations of the mariners operating the system, allowing them to re-focus on seamanship and ship handling rather than operating a complex system. Coupled with ecomaginationSM energy efficient mode, it delivers 10% or more in fuel savings while reducing NOx up to 20%, depending on environmental factors and exact operational profile.

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