Pilot Boat with IPS

By Keith Henderson at May 08, 2012 06:59
Filed Under: Company News, General

The Volvo Penta IPS steerable pod drive introduced in 2004, is well known in recreational applications. The subsequent introduction of larger drives up to the IPS1200 model and the availability of light commercial ratings for the drives has widened the appeal of this type of propulsion system to workboat applications.


Caption: Alu Marine’s new Lightning 1200 Pilot Boat, designed by Geronimo Naval Design
office powered by twin IPS 450s cruises at 30 kn and has a top speed of 35 kn.
Image Credit: Geronimo Naval Design

In its publicity material Volvo Penta is claiming performance improvements of an increase in top speed of up to 6 kn and an improvement in fuel consumption of up to 30 per cent at cruising speed! While these claims may well be under perfect circumstances even if the improvements are only half of claimed, the benefits are considerable. Taking this a step further the considerable benefits in a recreational application become major through life operational cost savings in a commercial environment. What is saving hundreds of dollars annually in pleasure use becomes many thousands of dollars per year when considering the high number of hours a vessel is used in commercial applications.

A number of workboats and patrol boats have started to use IPS and recently Alu Marine, France introduced a new Lightning 1200 Pilot Boat, designed by Geronimo Naval Design office powered by twin IPS 450s. The 39 ft (12 m) LOA hull has a beam of 13.6 ft (4.2 m) and draft of 1.8 ft (0.55 m), draft, including IPS propulsors is 3.2 ft (1 m). Twin Volvo Penta in-line six cylinder D6 engines of 5.5 litres are each rated at 330 mhp (243 kW) at 3,500 rpm and power the smallest IPS drive in the IPS programme (of three drive sizes). The cruising speed is 30 kn and the fuel consumption is given as being 11.3 US galls per hour (43 l/h) per engine. The fuel capacity is 350 USgalls (1320 liters), sufficient for 15 hours operation at cruising speed: the top speed is 35 kn.


Caption: The Volvo Penta IPS450 has a D6 engine rated at
330 mhp (243 kW) at 3,500 rpm
Image Credit: Volvo Penta

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Dear Sirs,
In continuation of your article regarding the implementation of the IPS 450 system, I would like to draw your attention to the BALTEC P180. Ultra slim and fast catamaran hulls build in Composite with a saving in energy at 50% of a similar sized Aluminium Hull. Look at www.baltec.de or contact me for furlther information.
Regards - Carl-Ove Thor

Carl-Ove Thor |     5/9/2012 1:11:00 PM #

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