Volvo Penta is now launching IPS900 with Rating 3 for commercial boats, which they say means a larger number of boats for commercial use can take advantage of the well-known IPS benefits: improved fuel economy, better maneuverability and lower overall operating costs.
With the launch of Volvo Penta IPS900, the Inboard Performance System (IPS) is now available for boats in the Coast Guard and Patrol, Supply Vessels and Offshore Energy and Passenger Transport segments. This means great handling and operational benefits for boats used by, for example, police, customs, coast guard, rescue boats, pilots and sea ambulance, but also smaller passenger vessels and yachts.
The new launch will add another couple of good news which means easier maintenance, longer lifecycle and higher increased uptime. Combined with unbeatable fuel consumption, this provides a lower total cost of ownership. Examples of improvements include new gear material, reinforced housings and a completely new design. The new design provides extended oil change intervals; longer intervals for propeller seal replacement and increased reliability.
The IPS900 package uses a Volvo Penta D13 diesel engine with a power output of 700 hp. The low-power usage means reduced load, lower oil temperature, lower engine temperature and thus reduced stress on components – and by that increased durability and longer life, Volvo said, and it also means longer service intervals for the whole package, for the IPS unit as well as the engine itself.
With Volvo Penta IPS, the customer gets a complete drivetrain from one single supplier who takes responsibility for everything from helm to prop. Volvo Penta IPS900 is a classifiable and approved comprehensive solution. It is a combination of the unique pod construction and one of the most effective and most proven heavy-duty diesel engines in a system that is specifically designed for marine commercial applications.
According to the manufacturer, some distinguishing features and benefits with Volvo Penta IPS are 30% reduced fuel consumption, 30% less CO2 emissions, 40% longer cruising range, 50% lower perceived noise level and vibrations, 20% higher top speed and joystick docking and driving.
Short facts Volvo Penta IPS900
Crankshaft power: 515 kW/700 hk
Max. torque: 2,650 Nm
Configuration: In-line 6-cylinder diesel engine, 24 valves and replaceable cylinder liners
Displacement: 12.78 l
Emissions: Meets the requirements for EPA Tier 3 (< 5.8 NOX and < 0.14 PPM)