GE to provide Buquebus with customized service Agreement for LM2500 Gas Turbines that power Francisco, world’s fastest commercial ship

Company Profiles, Cruise Ferry, Gas, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Shipbuilding and Shipyards — By on August 5, 2015 at 2:05 PM

francisco incatEVENDALE, Ohio (August 5, 2015) – GE Marine announced it will provide Buquebus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a customized service agreement for the two GE LM2500 gas turbines aboard the Francisco fast ferry. The 10-year agreement provides for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the dual fuel gas turbines that power the world’s fastest commercial ship.

“We worked closely with Buquebus to fashion a gas turbine maintenance agreement that would meet their specific needs and ensure reliable operation of this very popular fast ferry, ” said Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations, GE Marine, Evendale, Ohio. “This tailored agreement ensures that this wave piercing catamaran continues to swiftly move thousands of passengers and cars on its River Plata crossing between Argentina and Uruguay, ” he added.

Under the customized service contract with Buquebus, GE will provide for scheduled and unscheduled gas turbine maintenance, including:

  • Onsite and field service support
  • Select component repair and replacement
  • Engineering, technical and troubleshooting support
  • Engine leasing

In addition, any depot level work will be performed in Italy at Avio Aero’s Brindisi facility. Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business.

Fast Ferry

On June 15, 2013, Francisco achieved 58.21 knots, making it the fastest commercial ship in the world. Built by Australian shipyard Incat, this 1, 516-tonne displacement catamaran can carry more than 1, 000 passengers and 150 cars on each voyage. The two GE gas turbines enable the vessel to achieve speeds in excess of 50 knots during normal operation on LNG or Marine Gas Oil.

Francisco provides multiple options for travelling in style and comfort. Seating ranges from tourist class through to business and first class, including cafes and bars. In addition, Francisco’s 1, 100 m2/11, 840-ft2 duty-free shop makes it the largest shopping area ever installed on a fast ferry.


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