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Monday, March 27, 2017

Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Marcia Kull has been named President of Torqeedo Group, Inc., and will direct global sales and strategy for the electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems manufacturer. Kull will oversee Torqeedo’s growth activities in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. The newly created position is an expansion of the current management team. She will assume her new role on May 1, 2017. Kull joins Torqeedo from Volvo Penta of the Americas, where she was most recently Vice President, Marine Sales.

Volvo Penta Offers Extended Warranty

Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta has doubled the warranty on Genuine Volvo Penta Parts and Accessories that are purchased and installed at a Volvo Penta dealer — creating even better protection for customers. Volvo Penta offers a comprehensive 12-month warranty on Genuine Volvo Penta Parts. But now the company has extended that warranty to 24 months for parts and accessories that are purchased and fitted at an authorized Volvo Penta dealer. Not only is the part itself under warranty but the labor involved in fitting the part is covered as well.

Volvo Penta Signs Agreement with Garmin

AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd have entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use. Volvo Penta and Garmin will jointly develop marine instrumentation, navigation, and communication equipment, which will be marketed in a complete customer offer for fully integrated drive systems and instruments. "The Volvo Penta and Garmin strategic alliance  will provide our mutual  customers access to state-of-the-art communication technology and a complete programme of multifunctional instruments which will significantly strengthen our world-leading position when it comes to complete, integrated drive systems for boats," said Göran Gummeson, President of Volvo Penta.

Volvo Penta Pilots the Way

Photo: Volvo Penta

Despite the conservative reputation of the pilot boat industry, Pilotage de la Seine, a French pilot boat station, decided to think outside the box and install Volvo Penta IPS in two of its vessels. According to Volvo Penta, the benefits the station has seen have been extensive, signaling, perhaps, a new era in the pilot boat industry. For Pilotage de la Seine, choosing Volvo Penta IPS to propel its boats initially felt like a break with tradition as the pilot boat industry is a conservative one that typically chooses inboard shafts for its vessels.

Volvo Penta IPS Channel Trip 2013

Photo: Volvo Penta

This summer, Volvo Penta takes one of its test boats down to the English Channel to show dealers, customers, press and other interested parties the benefits of the Volvo Penta IPS high performance pod system. One of the stopovers is at Southampton SEAWORK exhibition in the U.K. This trip is inspired by the Volvo Penta IPS Baltic Trip that was performed during summer 2011. The test boat, PTA80, chosen for this trip is one of Volvo Penta’s regular test boats, used at the Volvo Penta Marine Test Center outside Gothenburg. PTA80 is 72 feet long and powered by the new twin IPS900 at 700 hp each.

Volvo Penta Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Volvo Penta was established in 1907 – the year the company produced its first marine engine. Volvo Penta has had global innovations with the Aquamatic sterndrive, Duoprop counter-rotating propellers and, most recently, the IPS system with the forward-facing propellers. Volvo Penta’s engines are known for their quality and long service lives. A common desire among owners of older Volvo Penta engine models is to have access to instruction books and manuals for engines that are no longer in production. In time for the anniversary, Volvo Penta is now launching a website from which various publications will be available on almost all engines that were launched by Volvo Penta since its start in 1907.

Volvo Penta Launches New Tier 4 Open Power Units

Photo: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta has introduced a new line of EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV PowerPac industrial open power units for OEM manufacturers. Volvo Penta is initially deploying the PowerPac systems in the Americas, and will roll out the products for industrial customers worldwide through the company’s global distribution channels. The PowerPac systems come equipped with a complete set of preinstalled components including all Tier 4F/Stage IV after-treatment components, engine cooling system (radiator and CAC), air and fuel filters and mounting brackets.

Full Speed Ahead with Volvo Penta Quad IPS

Njord Odin (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system celebrated a decade in production this year — coinciding with the inaugural launch of the Volvo Penta IPS quad commercial installation in four Njord Offshore crew transfer catamarans. Njord Odin is the newest vessel to join Njord Offshore’s existing fleet. The catamaran contains a quadruple installation Volvo Penta IPS900 complete propulsion system. A lot can happen in 10 years. A decade ago Volvo Penta introduced its Inboard Performance System (IPS), changing the face of the leisure and commercial marine industries.

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines. “We recognize that minimizing downtime is a critical requirement for commercial marine operators,” said Marcia Kull, Vice President-Marine Sales, for Volvo Penta of the Americas. Volvo Penta launched its oil analysis program in 2014 to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil. A factory authorized oil analysis provides a basic driveline health check yielding a wealth of information on what’s happening inside an engine.

Volvo Penta, Yamaha Motor Partnership

AB Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd have entered into a technological agreement to develop boat control system. Through the wholly owned electronics company, CPAC Systems, Volvo Penta is developing world-leading electronic solutions, such as the electronic platform. This CAN-based network, which links the engine, transmission, instrumentation and accessories in a single system, currently forms the electronic base of Volvo Penta’s product range for power boats. The introduction of boat control system in the marine industry is going to intensify in the years to come and, with a view to creating technological synergies, Volvo Penta and Yamaha Motor have now signed an agreement involving technological partnership.

Volvo Penta IPS: Still Revolutionary

A decade ago, one system single-handedly changed the face of leisure and commercial boating. The game changer Volvo Penta IPS.

In the first two months of 2005, visitors from all over the world attended the London International Boat Show and Miami International Boat Show, expecting to find the usual selection of boats, equipment and accessories. What they discovered instead was history in the making, when Volvo Penta unveiled the revolutionary Inboard Performance System (IPS) to the marine industry. The most notable advancement offered by Volvo Penta IPS is unparalleled efficiency resulting from the forward-facing propellers, which are mounted at the forward end of the propulsion unit.

Successful First Year for Volvo Penta’s Large Marine Diesel Engines

Last year's agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has resulted in an expansion of Volvo Penta's product program. With a range of diesel engines of up to 1,700 kW, Volvo Penta can now target entirely new customer groups, thereby building the foundation for a considerable expansion of its marine commercial business segment. Furetank Rederi AB on Donsö outside Gothenburg was the first company to acquire one of the new engines. At the end of April, the shipping company installed three 34-liter engines as generator set units in the product tanker Fure Sun, and in May, it installed three more engines in another of its tankers, the Fure Star.

Gulf Coast Workboat Repowered with Volvo Penta Diesels

Zimco Marine saved $40,000 per engine per boat in fuel costs after repowering two shrimp boats with twin Volvo Penta D13 engines.

Based on impressive fuel consumption and performance results from the Volvo Penta engines installed in a new-construction pushboat, the operator decided to repower one of its older vessels with the same D16 engine package. When Volvo Penta supplied the main propulsion system for the M/V Ted Kayser, a new 60-foot pushboat christened at the end of 2012, it was Allemand Industries, Inc., the Volvo Penta Regional Power Center in Harvey, LA, that oversaw the installation. Designed by Entech & Associates of Houma and constructed by Eymard Marine Construction and Repair of Harvey…

New Interceptor Systems for Commercial Vessels

Image: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta has developed a series of interceptor stabilization systems optimized for workboats, patrol boats and other commercial vessels. The stabilizers provide three-axis trimming to meet dynamic acceleration and cruising phases of operation. The system can be controlled either automatically or manually. In the automatic mode, it is activated by boat speed. The Volvo Penta interceptors are electrically controlled with no hydraulics. The trim blades generate lift and drag that translate into moments on the boat in all three axes depending on action.

Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators

The Antares boat on the sea around the Amalfi coast. Photo Volvo Penta

A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art technology as the prime engine drive choice for commercial operators. Volvo Penta’s cutting edge IPS 900 has been installed in a new ferry which transports passengers along Italy’s beautiful Amalfi coast.

CTruk Launches First Volvo Penta IPS Workboat

SC Falcon (Photo: Volvo Penta)

CTruk, a British boat builder specializing in high-speed composite marine craft, including catamaran workboats and wind farm support vessels, has delivered its first workboat equipped with Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) to Sima Charters of Holland. With its propulsion technology, including a joystick control for safe and easy docking, Volvo Penta IPS is suited for many marine commercial applications, as demonstrated by the SC Falcon CTruk 20T MPC offshore wind vehicle.

Volvo Penta Names Puscar Marketing Director

Marcelo Puscar (Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta)

Marcelo Puscar has been appointed as director of marketing at Volvo Penta of the Americas. Previously director of marine sales for Latin America, Puscar will relocate from Volvo Penta Brazil to the company’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va., where he will be responsible for managing and implementing a strategic marketing plan that builds, promotes and communicates Volvo Penta’s brand, products and services in the marine and industrial market sectors. He will report directly to Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Volvo Penta Debuts New Marine Engines

 (Image: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta introduced the first two models of its next-generation sterndrive marine gasoline engines. The new 4.3-liter catalyzed V6 engines, rated at 200 and 240 hp, will supplement Volvo Penta’s current V6 product line. Volvo Penta will roll out the complete new family of next-generation V6 and V8 gasoline sterndrive engines during 2015 and 2016, expanding on the V8-380 introduced by Volvo Penta in 2012. “These next-generation gasoline engines are true thoroughbreds incorporating innovations that yield dramatic improvements in torque…

Pacific Marine Power Now Offering Volvo Penta Products

Pacific Marine Power is now providing the full range of Volvo Penta diesel and gasoline marine engines, generator sets, and controls to customers throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, the company announced today. The Volvo Penta marine engine lineup includes their Inboard Performance System (IPS) 350 through 1200 propulsion engines, which include forward‐facing, steerable propulsion units. The IPS diesel marine engines can provide up to 900 HP for better acceleration, and they offer 30 percent reduced fuel consumption, 40 percent longer operating range, and 50 percent lower perceived noise and vibration levels. Volvo Penta marine generator sets are powered by the D5 through D16 Series engines, with ratings from 60‐480 kWe.

Wärtsilä and Volvo Penta to Collaborate

Wärtsilä will start servicing and selling large Volvo Penta engines for commercial shipping applications, initially in selected markets and later globally. Volvo Penta has broadened its engine range to cover commercial vessels and the company now offers engines for increasingly large vessels for both main engine and auxiliary engine duties. The largest engines have outputs of 2,000 horsepower (1,470 kW). Wärtsilä marine engines are considerably larger than these, the largest having outputs of 108,920 horsepower (80,080 kW) . Wärtsilä is the world's leading supplier of ship power and propulsion systems. The respective product ranges of the two companies complement each other very well.

Volvo Penta India Wins Large Order

Volvo Penta India won an order for 40 D12MH-350 engines from Sesa Goa for powering their iron ore barges which will ply in Mandovi & Zuari Rivers in Goa, on west coast of India. Volvo Penta is the first imported engine manufacturer in India to offer IRS (India Register of Shipping) approved engines. Sesa Goa is India’s largest producer and exporter of iron ore in the private sector. As a first phase of their fleet expansion plan Sesa Goa will induct 20 barges powered by Volvo Penta 2 x D12MH-350 engines. The IRS inspected engines will be delivered from October 2010 to March 2011. Volvo Penta is the first imported engine manufacturer in India to offer IRS approved engines.

MN 100: Volvo Penta of the Americas

Volvo Penta, with approximately 4,000 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for commercial vessels, leisure boats and industrial markets. Its engines are type approved by major classification societies and comply with all applicable national and international emission regulations. Volvo Penta is recognized for introducing innovative technologies into the commercial engine market, including duoprop sterndrives, IPS pod drives, dynamic positioning, joystick steering and electronic engine controls.

Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives for Metal Shark Patrol Boats

Metal Shark now offers Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives in its 29 Defiant patrol boats for customers requiring optimum performance, durability and maneuverability. The 29 Defiant can now be ordered with twin Volvo Penta D4-225 sterndrives. The first boat has just been placed into service by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The Volvo Penta D4-225 is a four-cylinder 3.7-liter engine designed specifically for commercial marine applications. The electronically controlled common rail fuel system provides the performance required for applications requiring fast acceleration and high top speed. The Volvo Penta DPH Duoprop robust high-speed drives are designed to handle massive torque forces while providing high efficiency at all speeds, safe handling and easy maneuvering.

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