Laborde Products recently presented an award of engineering excellence to Mitsubishi for the development of the new Tier 3 mechanical engines at this year's International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.
“Tracy Laborde and I did our homework before making our first trip to Japan to see Mitsubishi back in 2000,” Laborde chief operating officer Doug Oehrlein said in a statement. “We first made several trips to Europe, where Mitsubishi has been very successful for many years, to better understand the product.
“Once we were convinced Mitsubishi had the right product for our commercial marine applications, we went to Japan armed with market data and anxious to get them to partner with Laborde Products for the U.S. markets,” he added. “We also went with a lot of questions. We wanted to make sure they were committed and ready to meet the new EPA regulations that were coming our way."
Mitsubishi not only was able to meet the EPA Tier 2 commercial marine regulations in 2007 with mechanical controlled engines, but it also succeeded in making the engines EPA Tier 3 compliant for 2012, Laborde said.