GE Marine reported that its LM aeroderivative gas turbines are poised to re-emerge in the commercial marine market as a prime power producer, especially for new natural gas applications, such as fast ferry, liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, or FPSO.
“Trends may come and go in the commercial marine industry, but what has remained a constant, reliable choice for ship owners and operators worldwide are our fuel-flexible and emissions-friendly line of LM gas turbines,” said Brien Bolsinger, general manager of GE Marine in Evendale, Ohio. “In fact, GE has an impressive fleet of gas turbines in commercial service, including more than 90 LMs delivered since 1995 for 17 cruise ships, four high speed yachts and 18 fast ferries. Over 1200 LM gas turbines also power ships for 31 navies worldwide.”
GE’s LM gas turbine fleet has logged more than 13 million hours in marine service, proving their reliability and advantages over diesel technology. In the mid 2000’s, Marine Gas Oil (MGO) burned in gas turbines experienced a significant price increase versus the heavy fuel oil used by diesels, moving the market back toward diesels. Today, gas turbines are receiving another look.