GE Marine Diesel for a Tuna Clipper
GE Transportation’s marine business, in conjunction with its distributor Marinsa Ecuador S.A., announced it has delivered a GE 16-cylinder 7FDM diesel engine for installation aboard the Cap. Berny B tuna clipper. The vessel, owned by Berni Buehs and Sons, Manta, Ecuador, is being repowered from a dual-engine propulsion system to a single GE medium-speed diesel engine arrangement.
“This is a milestone project because it marks the initial application of a GE diesel engine for a tuna boat,” said John Manison, manager of GE Transportation’s marine and stationary power business in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
According to Guenther A. Buehs, Sr., “The GE diesel was the best solution for this application over competitor’s engine for several reasons, including decreased fuel and lube oil consumption and longer intervals between overhauls.” Guenther A. Buehs, Sr. is the owner of International Canning Consultant, Gig Harbor, Wash., and is the United States representative for Berni Buehs and Sons.
The 16-cylinder engine provides 3050 kW and features an efficient electronic fuel injection system, driven by GE’s Powerstar controller.