GE’s Marine Solutions has appointed KDU Worldwide (KDU) as its value-added reseller for the product range of SeaStream and Sealyte dynamic positioning (DP) systems.
Through this appointment, KDU will have reselling rights of these GE products in the Middle East, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, said a statement from the company.
Led by KDU’s strong customer base in all key markets in the region, more customers can access GE’s DP systems that help local mariners achieve more efficient operations, it said.
Tim Schweikert, president and CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions, said: “As our company’s value-added reseller, KDU will enjoy access to advanced DP technologies, and our latest digital marine innovations.”
“We are committed to strengthening our regional reach and foster joint success with our partners by providing advanced marine technologies to benefit more offshore marine customers in the local market,” he said.
KDU is a leading provider of electrical and automation solutions for marine, offshore and industrial segments. Since its inception in 2005, KDU has adapted its solutions to meet the complex and high performance requirements of electrical and automation services for the marine industry.
The company shares GE’s values in terms of integrity and compliance. Led by KDU’s region-oriented knowledge and approach, the agreement will help meet local customers’ needs.
More customer-focused resource and skilled field service engineers will be added to GE’s sales and services presence in the region.
GE’s latest SeaStream DP system is a mariner-focused solution, enhancing situational awareness and rebalancing attention from system management to true seamanship. The system incorporates an energy-efficient mode, which allows operators to optimise fuel consumption, helping to reduce operational costs and emissions. The system uses predictive software to anticipate position variation and uses advanced algorithms to optimise vessel heading to further reduce power consumption.
The SeaLyte solution streamlines tried, tested and trusted SeaStream technology, offering a range of configurable options within a standardized package to help customers achieve their performance goals more cost-effectively.
GE’s Marine Solutions has a strong footprint in the region, with a presence in Abu Dhabi since 1975.
Its extensive portfolio of next generation products and services has been developed to meet the emerging needs of the marine industry and support its future growth.
In key partnerships, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has been successfully operating four vessels with GE’s Marine Solution’s diesel engines for several years. GE’s Marine Solutions has also joined hands with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) to operate a Dynamic Positioning Center in Alexandra, Egypt.
It is only one of 12 such centres globally that are qualified by the National Institute (NI) to offer Sea Time Reduction courses, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service