GE's High-Performance
V228 Series Diesel Engines

Dependable, long-lasting marine power

GE has been designing and building high-performance diesel engines for more than 40 years. Today, we’re one of the leading manufacturers of medium-speed engines in the world. Our V228 Series engines produce continuous power from 1045 kw to 3060 kw. With exceptional reliability and operating costs among the lowest in their class, V228 engines from GE are the right choice for dependable, efficient power.

They work harder.

GE’s V228 engines are high-compression, four-stroke, medium-speed, turbocharged, electronically fuel injected, class-approved engines designed and built for rigorous marine applications. Our medium-speed engines are proven reliable, with more than 150 million hours of service. They are also among the most fuel-efficient engines in their class.

They go longer.​

With rugged construction and quality-assured parts, V228 engines are capable of operating cost-effectively for more than 20 years. Most components can go without overhaul for up to 40,000 hours on a typical marine duty cycle. Among medium-speed engines on the market, V228 engines offer one of the lowest life-cycle costs.

They run smarter.

A high-capacity turbocharger, electronic fuel injection and efficient combustion management come together in V228 engines to make fuel and lube oil consumption as well as emissions among the lowest in the industry. V228 engines comply with MARPOL Annex VI and U.S. EPA Marine Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements.

The Easy-to-Maintain Engine

The modularized construction of our V228 engines improves maintainability. Among the features that make maintenance easier are large access doors on the engine mainframe to reach bearings and other crankcase components. The segmented camshaft, sectional exhaust manifold and unitized power assembly are features that simplify removal and replacement of components.

Rigid Cast Mainframe

The V228 engine mainframes feature high-strength, monobloc cast-iron construction. All water, fuel and exhaust piping is externally mounted, eliminating the potential for internal contamination. Large access doors allow for easier maintenance, and generous casing and ribbed cross-members dampen vibration

High-Performance Turbocharger

GE’s expertise in gas turbine technology contributes to an industry-leading design for performance in the turbocharger. A high compression ratio improves efficiency across the load range. Dual modular pulse piping preserves exhaust pulse energy for maximal thermal efficiency, and the stainless dual exhaust pipe exhibits long component life.

V228 Components
Designed for high reliability and low life-cycle costs

The Low-emissions Solution

Proven EFI technology, integrated with GE’s PowerStar™ engine control module, makes V228 engines the natural choice for environmental compliance. Without exhaust gas treatment, NOx emissions are below MARPOL Annex VI regulatory standards. V228 engines comply with U.S. EPA Marine Tier 1 and Tier 2 standards as well.

Unitized Power Assembly

Four-bolt mounting makes assembly removal fast and easy. Electron-beam welding of the steel liner to the forged head prevents leakage.  Stainless steel valve seats, inconel exhaust, chromed intake valves and valve rotators extend overhaul intervals and component life.

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

Our EFI systems ensure compliance to all major regulatory standards. Precise fuel management and control also yields fuel savings. The reliability and performance of electronic fuel injection technologies from GE have been proven with more than 150 million hours of engine service over the past decade.

High-Strength Pistons

Forged steel crowns with forced oil lubrication and cooling promote heat reduction for longer life. A threering arrangement, which distributes pressure more evenly, and a cut-back design decrease lube oil consumption. A lightweight aluminum skirt offers high heat resistance. The master and articulated rod share a common journal, minimizing engine length while maximizing bearing width.

Tolerant Tri-Metal Main Bearings

The main bearings are oversized to reduce pressure while providing exceptional oil-wedge formation for low wear. A sacrificial run in overlay promotes rapid conformity at start-up. A nickel barrier ensures superior heat resistance, while a lead tin overlay serves as a high-tolerance contaminant trap for particles and degraded oil.

Heavy-Duty Crankshaft

The engine’s one-piece crankshaft is forged from high-quality steel, nitride- hardened for long life. Hefty journals and crank pins minimize surface loads, and large radii fillet welded counterweights reduce stress for longer crankshaft life.

Segmented Camshaft

The camshaft in a V228 engine is arranged in individual sections for easy inspection and maintenance. Forged and hardened camshaft lobes reduce wear. Oversized end bearings decrease loads for longer camshaft life.

Stay the course with
V228 series engines

GE’s V228 Series engines are designed to power workboats, tugs, towboats, offshore supply vessels, ferries, dredges, fishing vessels and other marine transport applications. Dependable and durable, these medium-speed engines are among the best in their class for fuel efficiency and low life-cycle costs. Engines are available in 8-, 12- and 16-cylinder configurations.

V228 Series engine specifications

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