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April 21, 2009

ABS type approves GE L250 inline engine

GE Marine, a unit of GE Transportation, says that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has type approved its L250 inline engine family for ABS-classed vessel applications.

Introduced in September 2008, the L250 engine is US EPA Tier II certified and promises an average fuel savings of 9% at those emissions levels when compared to the previous generation of marine engines.

"The ABS certification of the design of our new L250 engine is a milestone for GE Marine," said John Manison, Business Leader of GE Marine. "The L250 will give our customers the opportunity to upgrade their fleets with seaworthy power that is the standard for fuel efficiency and emissions reductions."

The L250 inline engine delivers continuous power from 1,498 to 2,330 kW.

The L250 is specifically engineered for marine applications with its accessories mounted on the engine for ease of maintenance and a turbocharger mountable on either end of the engine for ease of installation.

Available in six- and eight-cylinder models, the engine also offers a simple re-power solution as its narrow inline footprint accommodates marine engine room constraints where space is at a premium.

The footprint of the L250 is similar to competitive engines allowing minimum design change.

The L250 engine has been tested at GE Transportation's headquarters facility in Erie, Penn, and will be built at its diesel engine manufacturing plant in Grove City, Penn.

The L250 engine is based on the V250 engine platform, leveraging the same camshafts, fuel system, power assemblies, exhaust manifold, bearings, and turbocharger.


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