GE Diesels to Power Panama Canal Tugboats
GE Transportation will supply Marinsa, GE’s authorized distributor in Latin America, with 26 V228 diesel engines. The 12-cylinder engines will power 13 new tugboats to be used in the Panama Canal in Panama. The new tugboats will be designed by naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and built by Cheoy Lee shipyard, Hong Kong, Peoples’ Republic of China. The vessels will be an integral part of the Panama Canal Authority’s canal expansion plan.
The GE engines will be manufactured at the company’s Grove City, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. facility. Robert Allan Ltd. will deliver the first two engines to Cheoy Lee shipyard in December 2009. Delivery of the tugs for service will taper from November 2009 to December 2010.
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