heeco have recently completed switchboard and generator trials on board MV Devon Samson following our commission to upgrade the electrical systems on board.
The installation involved supplying and fitting 6 x 272Kw diesel generators, wiring and electrical distribution throughout the vessel. Each of the six generators are connected to the main switchboard via either of two individual circuit breakers. This enables each of the generators to be utilised for propulsion, crane supply or general services.
The main switchboard incorporates 3 sets of bus bars which allows for the above operating scenarios as well as providing redundancy as required.
A heeco designed power management system was incorporated within the switchboard, providing manual, semi-automatic and full automatic synchronising and load sharing facilities for each of the generators.
The switchboard was manufactured in house to fit into the space requirements for the existing vessel and measured over 9m in length.
MV Devon Samson is a 1075 ton floating crane originally built in 1963. It was called the London Samson until it was renamed the Devon Samson in 1995. The project was undertaken for the Babcock International Group, who operate Devonport Royal Dockyard.