Marine propulsion system provider GE Marine has been selected by Norwegian shipping company Bastø Fosen to provide the marine diesel engines for its new and re-powered vessels.
Under the contract, GE Marine will provide six eight-cylinder, in-line engines for three new ferries and two 16-cylinder V engines for two existing vessels, Bastø I and Bastø II.
Bastø Fosen CFO Stein Andre Herigstad said: "We chose the new GE Marine engines for their ability to meet IMO Tier III emissions requirements without urea after treatment.
"We value their reliability and low fuel consumption."
The re-powered vessels are expected to start operation in early 2016, while the delivery of new ferries is scheduled later in the year.
GE Marine general manager Afra Gerstenfeld said: "We look forward to providing our advanced technology IMO Tier III solution, which operates more efficiently and meets the most stringent global environmental regulations to date."
A study conducted by naval engineering and architectural firm Jensen Maritime revealed that GE’s engines require 75% less engine room space than other solutions and also provide a 75% weight reduction.
Recently, GE Marine received US EPA Tier 4 certification for its 12-cylinder V250 marine diesel engine and it is currently working to achieve US EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III certification for its entire family of V250 and L250 marine diesel engine models.