GE invests in - and relocates - Houston DP training centreTraining // December 2, 2016
GE Marine Solutions has invested in and relocated its Marine Technical Center, its flagship DP training school opened in 2005, moving the school to a larger facility in the Westway Plaza, Houston.
The training centre is accredited and regulated by the Nautical Institute (NI) and meets Class A standards and is one of 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.
The school provides a contemporary visualization system and full interactive instrument panel and hands-on 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 centre 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. 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 centre, 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.”
Training courses on SeaStream DP, vessel automation and control systems and MV3000 drives are available. Training on LV5, MV6, SD7000 and switchgear will be available starting May 2017.