GE’s Marine Solutions announced the delivery of its power take-off/power take in (PTO/PTI) solution along with its Power Management System digital software onboard four of the world’s largest container vessels owned by Maersk Line: Madrid Maersk, Munich Maersk, Moscow Maersk and Milan Maersk.
The PTO/PTI solution consists of two GE motor-generator sets that sit on the two propeller shafts while connecting to the GE MV7000 drives. During PTI mode, the motor-generator sets play the role of an electric propulsion system that provides additional motor power – beyond that of the main diesel engines – to propel the vessel. When the need for propulsion power is reduced, the motor-generator sets switch to PTO mode, harnessing the mechanical energy from the shaft and converting the otherwise wasted energy into electricity to generate power for electrical equipment onboard the vessel.
“Typically, one diesel engine can consume as much as eight tons of fuel per hour. Saving even just 1% percent of fuel will generate significant savings for the customer,” said Bruno Daubas, project director, GE’s Marine Solutions. “The two modes are completely reversed processes and, therefore, require robust drives and software to ensure a smooth switch between two modes and to react in a highly responsive manner. During the sea trial of Madrid Maersk, when the modes switched, all equipment kept running without the slightest interruption.”
The motor-generator sets use induction motors, with a simpler design compared to synchronous ones. By removing transformers, the sets are more reliable and require less maintenance, the company said.
GE’s Marine Solutions also provided its digital software solution, Power Management System, to automate the operation. The software is connected to all generators onboard the vessels and, based on the required sailing speed, will optimize fuel usage.
Madrid Maersk is the first container vessel delivered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in April 2017; Munich Maersk and Moscow Maersk have both completed successful sea trials, while Milan Maersk will soon be in service. These vessels are among the 11 Maersk second-generation ultra-large container vessels called the EEE Mark II. Having a capacity of 20 568 TEU each, these vessels are the world’s largest by TEU carrying capacity.
“Maersk’s EEE Mark II series of container vessels are among the world’s largest, and we will use them to move the greatest volume of goods in the most energy-efficient manner with the smallest emissions footprint possible in the industry. The secret lies behind the technology we use to power the vessels and the way we utilize the energy,” said Steffen Hartvig Nielsen, senior project manager, Maersk Line. “GE’s propulsion and software system creates energy savings and is helping us achieve our sustainability strategy, which aims to reduce carbon emissions per container vessel by 10%.”