The L250 has come to U.S. inland waterways.
Following the original agreement in February, GE Marine recently delivered twin GE inline eight cylinder L250 (8L250) inline diesel engines to the Parker Towing Company, Inc. Completion of the deal marks the first time that GE’s 8L250 engine platform will operate commercially on U.S. inland waterways.
Upon its introduction in September of 2008, it was clear the L250 would have a swift impact on the marine industry. The engines are some of the most efficient in their class, offering fuel savings of up to nine percent when compared to the previous generation of marine engines while meeting EPA Tier II emissions standards. Less fuel use means lower operational costs. Throw in factors like maintenance simplicity and on-engine accessories, and it’s no wonder companies like Parker are going with the L250.
“Specifically designed for marine applications, the L250 engine demonstrates GE’s consistent investment in innovations that offer customers compliant, reliable and efficient solutions,” said John Manison, Business Leader, GE Marine. “We are pleased that Parker Towing has selected GE’s inline 8L250 diesel engine model, based on its market-leading technology and the performance value it offers our customers.”
Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Parker Towing operates along Black Warrior Tombigbee Waterway System, the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway System, the Tennessee River System, the Lower Mississippi River System, and the Gulf Inter-coastal Canal. The new towboat will be powered along its routes by the 400 horsepower, 900-RPM GE engines, which were built at GE Transportation’s state-of-the-art diesel engine manufacturing plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania.