GE yesterday launched its new GE Marine division which combines the cumulative expertise of several GE businesses and will be led by Tim Schweikert, VP, GE Marine.
In a statement, GE said the new organization brings together its commercial and technological expertise in the marine sector including gas turbines and diesel engines, motors, generators, variable speed drives, drilling systems, automation and control systems and all the electrical equipment in between.
According to GE Marine, its industry knowledge will be coupled with its system integration capabilities and a global infrastructure — including a host of training and service facilities — to deliver reliable and convenient products and service.
“It’s the breadth and depth of experience we are bringing together, imagining new solutions to emerging industry challenges and adapting world-class technologies from GE’s industrial portfolio that will give GE Marine an added edge to consistently bring our customers the best marine solutions,” said Tim Schweikert, VP, GE Marine. “GE offers highly advanced technology that enables our customers to operate in some of the world’s harshest environments.”
GE Marine will also build on the foundations laid out by the GE Global Offshore Marine organization which was established in 2013 to provide solutions to GE’s offshore customers. It will offer solutions dedicated to the merchant, offshore and naval industries with offerings designed to cater for the powering, propelling and positioning requirements of shipping vessels.
“Today’s announcement reflects how GE’s focus is on growing its marine business around strong technology platforms,” said Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business. “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 said it is also focusing the new marine division on developing products that meet the demands of Industrial Internet. In a statement, the company said: ‘The deeper meshing of the digital world with that of the marine industry provides the potential to bring about profound industry transformation, most notably in the areas of predictability, shipbuilding and marine propulsion. These innovations promise to provide increased availability and greater efficiency for GE Marine customers.’