Volvo Penta IPS sea show sets sail for the Med
After two successful sea tours to promote its inboard propulsion system, the latest Volvo Penta IPS trip charted a new course through the Mediterranean starting May 5 in Palma, Majorca.
To highlight the high-seas performance of the Volvo Penta IPS (short for Inboard Performance System) high-performance pod system in marine commercial applications, the company has embarked on another demonstration tour. Following two successful promotional trips — taking on the Baltic Sea in 2011 and the English Channel in 2013 — a Volvo Penta IPS-equipped vessel will tour the Mediterranean this spring, covering 2,000 nautical miles and making 11 stops in five countries over the course of 38 days. During each stopover, the Volvo Penta team will host potential customers at 18 clinics.
The purpose of the trip is to promote the advantages of Volvo Penta IPS to potential customers — particularly passenger transport companies, pilot associations, other fleet owners, governmental bodies and boat designers. Superior to inboard shafts in most respects, Volvo Penta IPS offers users excellent performance and handling, longer operating range, and reduced noise and vibration. Fuel costs are also cut by up to 30 percent.
The vessel, which departed Palma, Majorca on May 5, is the 22-meter PTA80 patrol boat. It is equipped with a fully type-approved (according to DNV HSLC) twin IPS 900, which is based on two D13-700 Rating 3 engines (515 kW each with a total propulsion power of 1030 kW) and two IPS 3 fully integrated pod units (with gearbox, exhaust system, rudder and steering machinery).
The boat is no stranger to being put through her paces — not only is she one of Volvo Penta’s regular test boats; she also made both previous trips in 2011 and 2013. With a displacement of 36 tons, the PTA80 has a top speed of 27 knots.
Follow the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip
Even if you can’t attend one of the stopovers, you can keep up with the action as it happens on the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip blog at http://volvopentaipsmedtrip.com/. Or follow the tour via our Instagram account, @VolvoPentaIPSMedTrip.
May 5: Palma, Majorca
May 7-8: Barcelona, Spain
May 12-13: Marseille, France
May 15: Antibes, France,
May 19-20: Genova, Italy
May 23: Bonifacio, Corsica
May 26-27: Napoli, Italy
May 30-31: Messina, Sicily
June 4: Budva, Montenegro
June 5-6: Split, Croatia
June 9-11: Venice, Italy
Volvo Penta IPS900 facts
Crankshaft power: 515 kW/700 hp
Max. torque: 2,650 Nm
Configuration: In-line 6-cylinder diesel engine
Displacement: 12.78 L
Emissions: Meets the requirements for EPA Tier 3 (< 5.8 NOX and < 0.14 PPM)