Volvo Penta Powered Test Boat Sets Off on Truly Testing Voyage

By George Backwell at June 08, 2013 05:33
Filed Under: drive systems, General, Marine Diesel Engines

Volvo Penta test boat PTA80 is off to show the Swedish manufacturer’s flag on a 27-day, 1,850 nautical mile English Channel odyssey from its Gothenburg Marine Centre-base. The long-distance voyage of the 22 meter boat, with its new twin IPS 900 pod propulsion system, comprises seven legs with six stopovers at Volvo Penta Centres in harbours along the way for a presentation and display of this agile vessel, and includes an appearance at Southampton’s Seawork 2013 exhibition on 24, June. More on the boat and its propulsion follows below.

Test Boat PTA80: Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta

Main Particulars:
Boat type: PTA80
Owner: Volvo Penta Marine Test Center
Length OA: 22 meters
Beam: 5.2 meters
Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta D13-700 DST, 2 x700 hp Propulsion: Volvo Penta IPS900 Rating 3 Displacement: 36 tons
Top speed: 27 knots

D13 Engines Now Certified for EPS Tier 3
Volvo Penta says that the D13 engine powering the craft, is the same engine that is currently in operation in more than 450,000 heavy-duty applications both ashore and afloat. The big difference is that it has now been further developed to comply with U.S. EPA Tier 3 exhaust gas emission standards which requires from 1, January 2014 a 40% reduction in particulate matter in the exhaust gases and a 20% reduction in NOx and hydrocarbon.

They add that this upgrade of the engine’s environmental characteristics will neither change the performance, nor the fuel efficiency. Nor does it imply any changes in terms of design, size or installation; in these respects there will be no difference to the boat builder, owner or operator.

Volvo Penta IPS900 Pod Propulsion System
The IPS900 propulsion package uses Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines, each with a power output of 700 hp. It is an ideal solution for boats with Rating 3 (medium-duty use, approx. 2,000 service hours/year). The low power usage means reduced load, lower oil temperature, lower engine temperature and thus reduced stress on components, which adds up to increased durability and longer life. It also means longer service intervals for the whole package, for the IPS unit as well as the engine itself.

Propulsion System IPS900: Image courtesy of Volvo Penta

Some distinguishing features and benefits with Volvo Penta IPS
30 % reduced fuel consumption
30% less CO2 emissions
40 % longer cruising range
50% lower perceived noise level and vibrations • 20 % higher top speed
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)






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