Volvo Penta IPS1050 Pods Powering Performer

By Jocelyn Redfern at November 06, 2010 21:22
Filed Under: Company News

The offshore wind workboat Performer will soon be delivered to Northern Offshore Services in Sweden and will go straight into duty in an offshore wind power park south of Denmark. Performer lives up to her name by providing full service speed with a full load and in rough seas, thanks to twin Volvo Penta IPS1050 pods. “Supply boats for wind farms are a fast-growing business. With the new IPS1050 we have a full range of complete pod systems perfectly suited for these boats. The benefits are numerous, with lower fuel consumption, full service speed with full load and great maneuverability,” said Anders Alvhede, Volvo Penta.

Performer is multi-functional and fitted for serving offshore wind farms. It is able to carry diving equipment, decompression chambers and other equipment. Performer can make transfers of 12 passengers and carry out diving and survey duties. It is equipped with a fixed 142 kVA generator below deck to supply electrical power during the building phase of the wind towers. She also has bunker tanks to supply diesel fuel. Built by South Boats in the UK, Performer is an aluminum-hull catamaran. Such vessels are usually powered by water jet or variable pitch propellers, but this time owner Northern Offshore Services chose Volvo Penta IPS pods instead. “We already have boats with smaller versions of Volvo Penta IPS and they have given us very good service. The main reasons for us specifying Volvo Penta IPS is because we get no reduction of service speed with a fully loaded boat,” said Martin Landström, director.

Volvo Penta IPS offers favorable fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, partly because of the D13 engines with their very low emissions, but mostly due to the fact that as much as one third less fuel is required. Volvo Penta IPS alsooffers joystick docking, a useful function in low-speed maneuvering. “The joystick is very practical since the helmsman does not have to be built like a spider to handle wheel and controls, but can command the boat with one hand and concentrate on what happens around the boat,” says Landström. Another feature is the Dynamic Positioning System, which holds the boat more or less still in the water. This feature is often used while waiting on site for the next service job.

Owner    Northern Offshore Services, Sweden
Builder    South Boats Special Projects Ltd. Isle of Wight, UK
Main engines    2 X Volvo Penta IPS1050
Power    588/800 kW/HP
Hull    Aluminum
Displacement (light ship)    25t
Length o. a.    16m
Width    6.3m
Draft (base to DWL)    1.7m
Bunker capacity, diesel oil    6000 liters
Complement total    12 pax + 3 crew
Range    600 Nm
Speed unloaded max/service    26/22 knots

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