GE Marine, a unit of GE Transportation, recently announced that it successfully installed two inline L250 engines on Cross Sound Ferry’s M.V. JOHN H., making the vessel U.S. EPA Tier II compliant while increasing power and reducing fuel consumption by up to 15%. The M.V. JOHN H. operates on a vehicle and passenger ferry route between Orient Point, Long Island, New York, U.S.A. and New London, Connecticut, U.S.A., for Cross Sound Ferry. The vessel handles more than 1.3 million passengers per year depending on its service, which provides an alternative to driving on the busy I-95 and I-495 (Long Island Expressway) corridors.
The installation comes as ship operators around the country are being encouraged by local, state and federal authorities to repower their vessels to reduce port emissions through various programs. “Unlike other marine engines in the marketplace, the L250 engine is Tier II compliant today while being upgradeable to Tier III emissions standards,” said John Manison, business leader at GE Marine. “This will give Cross Sound Ferry and other workboat customers the hauling power they need with the ability to remain compliant long term.” “Because of GE’s technological advances in the marine engine market, ship operators will have the dual advantage of increasing power while gaining fuel efficiency. We’re proud to continue to offer a safe and reliable service to the traveling public of the Northeast while providing a significant benefit to air quality on both Long Island and in New England,” said John P. Wronowski, owner and president of Cross Sound Ferry. “GE has provided us with a way to meet and even
exceed EPA standards for the foreseeable future while increasing power and reducing fuel consumption.”
Introduced in September 2008 and recently certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the L250 engine is U.S. EPA Tier II certified and offers an average fuel savings of 9% at those emissions levels when compared to the previous generation of marine engines. A multimillion-dollar investment, GE’s L250 engine has been tested at GE Transportation’s headquarters facility in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. The engines are produced at the company’s state-ofthe-art diesel engine manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania.