GE power for Swire newbuilds - first order for Inovelis 'pushing pod'News // August 30, 2012
GE Energy Management's Power Conversion business is to supply Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Limited (SPO) with integrated power generation, propulsion, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation systems for eight new offshore PSVs.
Four of the PSVs are being built by Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) in Japan and the remaining four by Estaleiro Ilha SA (EISA) in Brazil.
Each of the PSVs will feature diesel electric propulsion systems driving GE's innovative Inovelis podded propulsion units.
Inovelis is a pushing pod that is based on pump jet principles featuring a fixed stator vane and a nozzle that act together to guide the water flow across the propeller blades and housing, thus minimizing wasted propulsion force and reducing the fuel that is expended in trying to compensate for this lost thrust.
Housed within a compact, hydrodynamically efficient enclosure, its compact size facilitates an optimized hullform and a better overall integration between the hull and the propulsion unit, directly influencing fuel economy and a consequent reduction in emissions and a positive improvement in the overall operational efficiency of the vessels.