ABB drives help improve Dynamic Positioning system performance
Master Boat Builders Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Alabama cultivated its niche building highly sophisticated offshore supply vessels, in large part, by being one of the first builders to transition to thrusters powered by electric motors and variable speed drives.
The electronic thrusters provide numerous benefits over their hydraulic predecessors, and are highly compatible with the Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems that automatically maintain a vessel’s position while it is serving an offshore oil platform.
“DP systems became a requirement on almost every offshore supply vessel operating in the Gulf of Mexico,” says Andre Dubroc, the General Manager of Master Boat.
Baldor motors and ABB drives have been integral components of Master Boat thrusters since the early stages of the transition because both components are uniquely able to withstand the harsh marine environment and the tremendous demands of the DP system.
If you interested to hear more about Master Boat Builders and ABB co-operation and the benefits of electronic thruster systems, please check the video, the case note and the article below.