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Ingram Barge Company Selects GE’s Marine Solutions Tier 4 Technology to Repower Three Towboats


"Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river, and his pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings.” - Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Ch. 7

An Ingram Barge Company pilot lives on the water, pushing cargo while navigating the more than 4,500 miles of the U.S. Inland Waterways.  When Ingram needed to repower their M/V CRYSTAL D. TAYLOR, M/V ROBERT J. BARKER and M/V KIM W. NOWELL towboats, they looked to GE Transportation and distributor National Maintenance & Repair Inc.

GE’s 8 cylinder, 250mm bore inline medium speed (1000 rpm) Tier 4 compliant marine diesel engine provides Ingram with more power, faster response time, increased fuel efficiency and proven reliability all with GE’s breakthrough Tier 4 technology which allows Ingram to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent Tier 4 emissions standards without the use of a Selective Catalytic Reduction system (SCR) after-treatment. 

“GE’s 1000 RPM non-urea engine solution drove our decision on which engines to choose for the repowers,” said David Sehrt, Ingram’s SVP & Chief Engineering Officer.

Ingram used the Tier 2 version of the 250 series of marine diesel engines to repower the William P. Morelli and the Bill Berry in 2009 and 2011 respectively.  Together, the two towboats have approximately 80,000 operating hours of proven reliability. 

 “We currently have GE engines on two of our repowers and they are reliable,” explains Mark Duley, AVP Motor Vessel Engineering.  “We know we can count on GE.” 

“We’re pleased Ingram chose GE again to help repower their three river towboats,” said Yuvbir Singh, vice president of Locomotive, Marine, Stationary Power and Drill businesses at GE Transportation. “We’re proud to provide a marine engine that meets Tier 4 emission standards and superior engine performance.”

Two of Ingram’s towboats are currently being retrofitted with the new GE engines, and are expected to be back on the river in August. The third vessel is planned to be completed in the spring of 2017. 

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About GE’s Marine Solutions

GE´s Marine Solutions offers solutions dedicated to the workboats, merchant, offshore and naval industries, helping customers drive operational excellence, efficiency and environmental responsibility. Smarter engineering coupled with GE´s Marine Solutions’ latest technologies ensures the best solutions to suit the precise needs of each ship, powering, propelling and positioning a more efficient, safer and cleaner marine industry.

About Ingram Barge Company

Ingram Barge Company has been a quality marine transporter on America's inland waterways since 1946, starting out as a small, family-owned business and growing into what they are today: the largest dry cargo carrier and one of the top liquid carriers on the river.  Ingram operates 5,000 barges and over 150 towboats on the nation’s inland waterway system.  More information is available at

About National Maintenance & Repair, Inc.

National Maintenance & Repair, Inc. has been a proud distributor of GE marine engines since 2005 and is one of the operating divisions of McNational, Inc. which is a 100-year-old multi-functional amalgamation of marine companies that include McGinnis, Inc., National Maintenance & Repair of Kentucky, National Maintenance & Repair of Louisiana, Mid-America Fuels and Excell Marine. Major locations include South Point, OH, Hartford, IL, Paducah, KY, New Orleans, LA, Cincinnati, OH, Ledbetter, KY, Ludlow, KY, Coal Grove, OH and Wheelersburg, OH.

McNational employs about 850 people performing boat and barge building and repairs, diesel engine installation and repairs, gearbox work, harbor and mainline towing services, fleeting, drydocking, painting, fueling and marine construction among other things. A complete list of all functions and locations can be found at the company website

For questions concerning GE Marine engines please contact Tom Daniels at 270-210-6532 or Greg Wilkins at 270-556-1886.

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