GE Diesel Engine Replaces Steam Turbine on Freighter
A new GE 7FDM medium-speed diesel engine recently replaced an existing steam turbine propulsion system to power Voyageur Marine Transport’s Voyageur Independent straight-deck bulk freighter. The 16-cylinder engine provides 3057 kW for this vessel, which is owned by Voyageur Marine Transport Limited, Ridgeville, Ontario, Canada.
“We are delighted that Voyageur Marine Transport has selected our efficient and reliable GE diesel engine as it brings the Voyageur Independent to state-of-the-art through this repowering project,” said John Manison, manager of GE’s marine diesel business, headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
“This is also a milestone project for GE because this marks the first application of a new GE diesel engine aboard a vessel that operates on the Great Lakes. There are currently several refurbished GE diesel engines providing reliable service on the Great Lakes,” Manison added.
Voyageur Marine Transport’s 196 m freighter underwent an extensive re-fit in the Port of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The Voyageur Independent, with the GE diesel engine, started successful operations on November 19, 2005, carrying mainly agricultural bulk products throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.