GE to maintain power and propulsion systems aboard MSC vessels

November 11, 2021 (Last Updated November 11th, 2021 16:59)

The IDIQ contract covers maintenance on 35 vessels, with more to be added in the future.

GE to maintain power and propulsion systems aboard MSC vessels
The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler, USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187). Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brien Aho/

GE Power Conversion has won a contract to maintain the electric and hybrid power and propulsion systems aboard the US Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels.

The five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract could be worth around $125m.

This is the third contract awarded by MSC to GE Power Conversion, which has been the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) since 2012.

Services covered in the contract include maintenance, upgrades, training, repairs, parts, programme management and remote technical support on 35 vessels.

More ships will be added to the contract upon the completion of their construction.

GE will provide all-day support throughout the year for these vessels.

Furthermore, the contract covers planned maintenance industrial assist for shipyard maintenance, industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity services support, as well as configuration management of both hardware and software.

GE Power Conversion MSC fleet manager Mike Kircher said: “We have demonstrated in the past that we are a responsive and knowledgeable service provider, long after equipment delivery.

“This long-term contract is the result of customer confidence earned over years of demonstrated value for the range of service support we can provide.”

The latest contract covers major systems and components of the Machinery Plant and Machinery Centralized Control System (MCCS) aboard the T-AKE, T-ESB, and T-ESD class vessels.

The major systems/components covered under the Power Take Off (PTO)/Power Take In (PTI) systems aboard T-AO vessels include PTO generator system, PTI system, and interfaces to the switchboard, among others.

Kircher added: “This contract covers the most technologically advanced electric and hybrid power and propulsion systems in the MSC fleet; these systems allow a level of vessel control and agility that is without parallel, increasing ship handling confidence and safety.

“Looking ahead, the advantage our equipment gives to future ship classes is significant.”