GE has unified its formerly disparate marine activities under a single business unit, aptly named GE Marine.
The new organisation brings together GE's commercial and technological expertise in the marine sector from gas turbines and diesel engines to motors and generators, variable speed drives and drilling systems to automation and control systems and all the electrical equipment in between. It also accommodates systems integration, global after sales and training services, under the overall stewardship of Tim Schweikert.
"It's the breadth and depth of experience we are bringing together, to devise new solutions to emerging industry challenges," said Schweikert, adding that the business unit will be able draw on and adapt technologies from GE's industrial portfolio to provide an 'added competitive edge'.
CEO of GE's Power Conversion business Joe Mastrangelo commented: "Our customers will benefit from a highly integrated, technologically rich solution for a wide range of marine applications. From the most advanced frigates to the largest luxury cruise liners to the hardest-working FPSOs, we power, propel and position the marine industry."
GE's maritime businesses boomed following the acquisition of Converteam, the century-old French power conversion company. Today, their systems power more than 70 electric cruise ships and dozens of merchant, military and offshore vessels. The flotilla includes the cruise ship Queen Mary 2, the next-generation stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt, some of the world's largest LNG tankers, and the Francisco, the world's fastest ship.
The company is also pushing ahead with its 'Industrial Internet' concept, in the belief that deeper meshing of the digital world with the marine industry offers the potential to bring about profound transformation in the areas of predictability, shipbuilding and marine propulsion. These innovations promise to provide increased availability and greater efficiency for GE Marine customers.