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V228 Series Diesel Engines

  • 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.

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 turbo- charger. 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.

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

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.

Heavy-Duty Crankshaft

Forged steel crowns with forced oil lubrication and cooling promote heat reduction for longer life. A three-ring 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.

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.

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.

  • Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI)
    Item 8V228 12V228 16V228
    Number of cylinders 8 12 16
    Stroke cycle 4 4 4
    Cylinder arrangement 45-degree V 45-degree V 45-degree V
    Bore 228.6 mm (9 in) 228.6 mm (9 in) 228.6 mm (9 in)
    Stroke 266.7 mm (10.5 in) 266.7 mm (10.5 in) 266.7 mm (10.5 in)
    Compression ratio 15.7:1 15.7:1 15.7:1
    Power Output at 1050 rpm

    1,525 kW (2,045 hp)

    2,289 kW (3,070 hp)

    3,057 kW (4,100 hp)


    1,678 kW (2,250 hp)

    2,518 kW (3,375 hp)

    3,363 kW (4,510 hp)

    Power Output at 1000 rpm
    Continuous1 1453 kW (1948 bhp) 2180 kW (2922 bhp) 2906 kW (3896 bhp)


    1598 kW (2143 bhp) 2398 kW (3214 bhp) 3197 kW (4286 bhp)
    Power Output at 900 rpm
    Continuous1 1308 kW (1753 bhp) 1962 kW (2630 bhp) 2616 kW (3506 bhp)
    Maximum2 1438 kW (1929 bhp) 2158 kW (2893 bhp) 2877 kW (3857 bhp)
    Engine Dimensions
    Height w/ deep sump 2762 mm (109 in) 2762 mm (109 in) 3030 mm (119 in)
    Height w/ shallow sump 2555 mm (101 in) 2555 mm (101 in) 2555 mm (101 in)
    Length 3298 mm (130 in) 4136 mm (163 in) 4975 mm (196 in)
    Width 1734 mm (68 in) 1734 mm (68 in) 1734 mm (68 in)
    Crank center line to marine sump 978 mm (39 in) 968 mm (38 in) 1246 mm (49 in)
    Crank center line to mounting feet 480 mm (19 in) 480 mm (19 in) 480 mm (19 in)
    Exhaust diameter 457 mm (18 in) 508 mm (20 in) 610 mm (24 in)
    Dry Weight 12,478 kg (27,509 lbs) 17,778 kg (39,200 lbs) 22,132 kg (48,800 lbs)
    tRatings are based on ISO3046-1


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