Volvo Penta helps power the World���s first fleet of commercial autonomous exploration vessels

Fully hybrid-electric power These fully hybrid-electric vessels will be powered by Volvo Penta DC gensets and Danfoss DC grid controls. Danfoss will provide the energy management system and propulsion control for each vessel while the engines behind the power management will be variable speed gensets delivered by Volvo Penta.
The Volvo Penta D8 MH variable-speed engine will power the marine generator sets on board. This all-new D8 engine is a perfect match for the autonomous vessels due to its compact size and high power to weight ratio. Additionally, the engine’s low fuel consumption plays a big role in the significant CO2 reduction.
Perfectly in sync One of the key objectives for a project like this is to deliver a reliable and efficient product. These vessels will be in the open ocean far away from land and maintenance providers. Ocean Infinity needs to know that its vessels are meeting peak performance.
Danfoss Editron, Volvo Penta, and Grovfjord are working in close collaboration to enable the Danfoss control system to optimize the use of the Volvo Penta D8 engine for the most efficient power/consumption performance and consequently an optimal environmental footprint. The engine, the generator, and the control system work in perfect harmony.
The generator set is also designed around maximum weight savings and the corporation with The Volvo Penta genset outlet Powerhouse has added an additional element of flexibility to ensure the delivery of the power package suitable for the vessel.
E-xploration This fleet of autonomous vessels will provide new opportunities for deep-sea exploration. Each vessel will be able to launch separate remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). These unmanned submarine-like ROVs will reach depths of up to 6000m and carry out surveys on pipeline routes as well as collect vital seismic data. Currently, ROVs need to be tethered to manned research vessels – with some operation costs in the millions! This new fleet of autonomous surface vessels will mean that ROVs can be operated – without a nearby host vessel – via satellites from onshore facilities in the U.S. state of Texas and the U.K. city of Southampton.
This streamlined approach to commercial deep-sea exploration will help deliver efficient operations, cut costs significantly, and reduce the harmful environmental impact sometimes associated with traditional operations.
“This contract is a fantastic opportunity for us,” says GMV’s CEO Bård Meek-Hansen. “The fact that a world-leading company – like Ocean Infinity– would choose to partner with us is a great honor, and it highlights that our focus, on design and technology development, in recent years has been right. We look forward to cooperating with Ocean Infinity, Danfoss Editron, and Volvo Penta for the development and construction of these vessels.”
The first four vessels in the Armada fleet are due to be delivered to Ocean Infinity in 2021, with the remaining robots completed in the next months.
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Volvo Penta electric driveline is a game-changer for the fire truck of the future

Volvo Penta has been collaborating with its longstanding customer Rosenbauer to develop an electric driveline for the platform and industrialized version of the company’s Concept Fire Truck (CFT), known as “Revolutionary Technology” (RT). By walking away from conventional commercial vehicle concepts and developing an electric solution for the truck’s driveline instead, Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer introduced a completely new vehicle architecture that looks set to revolutionize the fire service industry and bring benefits such as zero exhaust emissions and significantly reduced noise levels. With its electric driveline, the fire truck boasts excellent ergonomics, functionality, and safety, as well as high loading volumes, compact dimensions and one-of-a-kind agility. The RT is currently undergoing intensive testing and will soon pass its next major milestone, when it enters real-world customer testing later this year with fire departments in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dubai.
“After many years of successful collaboration with Rosenbauer, we’re proud to be pioneering electric drivelines and partnering with them on this revolutionary project,” says Paul Jansson, Chief Project Manager at Volvo Penta. “Our close partnership and deep understanding of our customers’ needs guided us in the development of the electric driveline for the new fire truck. Starting customer testing really brings home what the teams have managed to achieve together. This is our first industrial OEM partnership in the area of electromobility and it’s a big step towards creating a new product platform of the future.”
Electric driveline delivers great performance The new fire truck aims to provide an answer to global megatrends such as climate change, shifting demographics and urbanization – and their impact on fire departments’ work. Firefighters responding to a call need a vehicle capable of high speed, rapid acceleration, hard braking and maneuverability. The RT’s electric driveline, paired with independent suspension and a hydropneumatic chassis, delivers a high standard of safety and a great driving performance.
The Volvo Penta-powered RT truck will help fire departments around the world reduce their fuel costs as well as improve safety and functionality. Each axle of the truck is powered by an electric motor and the energy storage system allows for an electricity-powered journey with ample time for operation at the rescue site. In addition, the new electrically powered truck has a backup diesel engine on board in case the journey or operation takes longer than expected.
“The teams at Volvo Penta and Rosenbauer have been working together closely to design a tailored solution that enables the electric fire truck to do its job in a more safe, effective and sustainable way than a conventional vehicle,” says Dieter Siegel, CEO at Rosenbauer International. “Together, we have created the most revolutionary and progressive vehicle in the fire service industry. We have been collaborating with Volvo Penta for many years, they are the experts in this field and they truly understand our needs.”
Proven Volvo technology As part of the Volvo Group, Volvo Penta leveraged proven technology and competence from Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses and adapted it to meet the performance requirements of a fire service application. An important job, since the electric driveline is the heart of the electric vehicle. The result is a proven Volvo Group technological solution that is tailored to meet Rosenbauer’s needs.
“At Volvo Penta, we see ourselves as partners, not suppliers to our OEM customers – so collaborating with Rosenbauer in this way is not unusual for us,” concludes Björn Ingemanson, President of Volvo Penta. “We want to become the world leader in sustainable power solutions and help our customers to future-proof their businesses by meeting the increased demands for cleaner, quieter and more efficient power solutions. This project demonstrates an important step in this journey.”
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Stockholm Police’s high-speed patrol boat finds perfect partner in Volvo Penta power

Stockholm’s Maritime Police Section has a new quick-witted team member – and it has already become a favorite with the locals. The new recruit is a Marell M15 fast patrol boat, fitted with Volvo Penta’s latest D6 propulsion and navigation system, which together provide a fully integrated experience.
Protecting the public and saving lives is what the M15 patrol boat from Swedish boatbuilder Marell was built for. Its latest model was handed over to Stockholm’s Marine Police Section on June 11th at Marrell’s headquarters in Östhammar, some 135km north of Stockholm.
The ideal partnership Volvo Penta’s latest D6-440 DPI propulsion system is the power behind the new 15m fast patrol boat. Equipped with twin D6-440 DPI sterndrives, the Marell M15 has a top speed of 45 knots and includes a fully integrated system from Volvo Penta, including its Electronic Vessel Control (EVC2) and Glass Cockpit System.
For this patrol boat role, speed and maneuverability are top priorities. The Marell M15 provides unparalleled performance, with cruising speeds of between 30 and 40 knots. The D6-440 DPI sterndrives – together with the marine engine’s high torque at lower rpm – creates a vessel with good ‘grip’ in the water, which in turn gives extremely high acceleration and safe high-speed turns. Thanks to the fact that the D6-440 DPI takes a full system approach, the joystick is connected to the propulsion system, transforming the driver’s joystick movements into precise steering angles, gear shifts and throttle positions. The boat moves exactly according to the driver’s intentions.
The navigator and helmsman sit in an ergonomically designed cabin equipped with the latest Volvo Penta technology – the Electronic Vessel Control 2 system (EVC2) and Glass Cockpit System. The new EVC2 system has been designed with the complete boat in mind. Integrated with the EVC2 is the Glass Cockpit System, which provides a full overview and control of navigation and propulsion data, together with options for Autopilot.
Unanimous verdict “This is a very positive development, as on our other boats we have to operate multiple systems independently,” says Police Inspector Johan Skogfeldt. A 27-year career officer, Inspector Skogfeldt has been working for the Stockholm’s Maritime Police Section since 2008, and was responsible for the procurement of the Marell. “To have everything in one unified system will be a great advantage. It looks fantastic and provides an excellent working environment – even the ability to swap roles between navigator and helmsman without changing seats will be useful.”
“In a vessel designed for high speed patrol duties – in any type of weather or darkness – these control systems are a significant advantage,” agrees Jonas Karnerfors, Sales Project Manager at Volvo Penta. “In fact, this entire application is an excellent demonstration of the D6-440 DPI propulsion system in a demanding marine application.”
Built for safe speed with control The Marell M15 is designed and built by Marell Boats and based on production techniques derived from over 30 years of aluminum boat building. The yard owner, Patrik Söderholm, is proud to be a supplier to the Swedish Police, saying: “With the center steering position – a hallmark of Marell boats –  the helmsman is in full control of the situation along both sides of the vessel, independent of turning direction, heel or speed. This improves safety for both crew and the boat’s surroundings.” Läs mer…

Behind the scenes of Volvo Penta’s D8 genset engine development project where engineers took power generation to the next level!

Tested and verified  Testing is a key part of the development process and we’ve tested this engine to the maximum – at temperatures of -25ºC through to 60ºC of sweltering heat. We’ve tested everything possible, down to the last screw, in the most demanding conditions to verify performance, reliability and durability. This involved engine calibration testing to ensure power and emission targets were met, functional testing, specific component testing, complete genset endurance testing, stress tests, customer installation tests and real-world field testing.We currently have around 20 prototype D8 engines undergoing real-world field testing with customers in different applications and environments. This has provided us with invaluable feedback from customers who appreciate the engine’s compact design for its power class – which has been achieved without compromising on cooling performance. Other feedback has centered around the high power to weight ratio which contributes to industry-leading power density, low fuel consumption, low noise levels, quick and easy installation as well as ease of operation and maintenance.Delivering on customer needs The D8 is a modern, straightforward engine that will not only deliver power when you need it but also an extremely attractive total cost of ownership throughout its service life. Looking at the new D8 and based on the test results and customer feedback we’ve received so far, I think it’s clear that that we’ve focused on what brings the most value to our customers and delivered on their requirements. For me, that means this project has been a success.
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Heléne Mellquist appointed President of Volvo Penta

Heléne Mellquist is currently President for the European Division of Volvo Trucks. She began her career at the Volvo Group in 1988 and has held many senior positions at the company, as well as being the CEO at TransAtlantic AB between 2012-2015. Heléne will replace Björn Ingemanson, who after a long and successful career at the Volvo Group, will retire in September 2020. Heléne, who was born in 1964, will join Volvo Penta on July 1st, and work alongside Björn before she takes up her new position on September 1st.“I feel extremely inspired to continue to develop this part of the Volvo Group together with the team at Volvo Penta,” says Heléne. “With the strong product portfolio Volvo Penta has in both the industrial and marine segments, I am taking on this task with great expectations and eagerness.”“After more than 30 years at the Volvo Group and nearly nine years leading Volvo Penta, I am pleased to be handing over to a strong and dynamic leader like Heléne,” concludes Björn. “I am very proud of what the Volvo Penta team has achieved both on land and at sea, and I look forward to seeing what the company delivers over the next few years. This is an exciting time at Volvo Penta, and I am sure Heléne will do a fantastic job.” Läs mer…

Essential vessel repowered with Volvo Penta IPS amid lockdown

The M/V Traveller is a 26m designed crew transfer vessel built in Norway for Northern Offshore Services (NOS). This vessel was purpose-built and designed for the offshore wind industry. However, to facilitate a larger crew transfer and more efficient travel the M/V Traveller has undergone a huge upgrade.
An essential upgrade The vessel has been lengthed by 6.5 metres, the interior has been modernized and the capacity doubled to 24 passengers. Additionally, the M/V Travller has also been repowered with Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) and a new control system. The physical upgrade took place in Grovfjord Mek Verksted AS, Norway. However, with travel bans into Norway, the Volvo Penta team had no choice but to support the launch remotely.
“There was no option to postpone the launch,” explains David Kristensson, CEO at NOS. “This vessel was needed. The world may be on lockdown but offshore windfarms provide essential services to many people so we had to keep working.”
Support from a [social] distance Due to travel restrictions into Norway, the Volvo Penta team could not get to Grovfjord Mek Verksted AS shipyard to do the physical installation and launch. However, Richard Joahansson, Sales & Application Manager, Marine Nordic and his team – with the help of Norwegian VPS, Harstad Marina AS – succeeded in setting up the new system remotely from Gothenburg.      
“It was complicated but there was no other way during the lockdown,” explains David. “And although there were a few delays she is now up and running and has gone straight to work off the Dutch coast.”
Volvo Penta IPS: tried and tested NOS is not new to the major benefits that the Volvo Penta IPS offers operators. In fact, NOS was one of the pioneer companies who trusted the system, even before Volvo Penta had brought it to the marine commercial market.
“Back in 2007, we worked closely with Volvo Penta’s R&D team to test the Volvo Penta  IPS,” recalls David. “We have seen the system advance throughout the years and we are firm believers in the benefits it brings our vessels.”
Volvo Penta IPS is a complete and intergrated propulsion system from the helm station to the propellers, which greatly increases quality and reliability.
“The M/V Traveller operates around the clock – often making 3 hours journeys to and from wind farms and staying out at sea for days at a time,” explains David. “The North Sea can be a forbidding place with variable and hostile weather conditions. Our [NOS’s] vessels have to be reliable and comfortable to make sure that the crew are transferred in a secure and timely manner. The Volvo Penta IPS facilitates all this and more.”
The M/V Traveller has been fitted with a QUAD installation – four Volvo Penta IPS 900 Q2 props – and a new control system. Individually steerable Volvo Penta IPS drives are linked to the onboard Joystick Docking function. The joystick makes docking at the open sea wind farm platforms – which is one of the hardest manoeuvres – easier and safer in rough seas. Overall Volvo Penta IPS provides superior handling, performance, fuel consumption, and lower emissions and noise than a traditional inboard shaft installation.
Collaboration is key Richard and his Volvo Penta team are currently completing another remote launch for NOS.
“It will always be better and easier to do these launches in person. However, during these times of lockdown it is one way of getting around travel restrictions and keeping businesses up and running,” says Richard.
“In these challenging times we all have to adapt and find new creative and collaborative ways of working,” concludes David.
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Volvo withdraws from Conexpo over virus concerns

With California joining Washington State and Florida in declaring a state of emergency to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus Covid-19, all business areas within the Volvo Group have decided to withdraw from their participations in next week’s Conexpo exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This includes all relevant Volvo business areas, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Financial Services, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, SDLG and Terex Trucks.“We are great supporters of Conexpo, and despite being in advanced preparations for this year’s event, we believe it is the right thing to do to withdraw at this late stage. Our first concern is the wellbeing of employees, customers and the wider public,’ said Björn Ingemanson, President of Volvo Penta.“It’s very disappointing not to be attending, but our first priority is the health and safety of our employees and others. Given this, it is with reluctance that it has been decided not to participate in this year’s show.” Läs mer…

Richard Sears lives his dream studying Blue Whales

Every summer for over four decades, Richard Sears and his team at the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) have been out at sea, recording and taking samples of Blue Whales. These animals are notoriously hard to spot. So, a good day for whale research means one thing: calm waters.
Calm waters and no waves are the ideal weather conditions to be able to collect data for this important whale research. Part of the team’s work consists of understanding important aspects of the whales’ lives, including patterns of residency, population size and the health and condition of the whales. Richard says: “The glamorous part of the work is to get out on the boat and see the animals. They are amazing to watch”.
He continues: “We check the weather the night before. Our everyday work consists of getting up in the morning and getting our gear ready and then getting out on the water. As soon as we have pretty good light, we hope to find them. Since these animals are so mobile, you have to be mobile as well.”
The boat, the team use to conduct this research, is a Targa 32 powered by twin D4-260 Volvo Penta engines. Which provides the power and agility to get near enough to these animals to conduct their research effectively and safely.
Once the team has collected tissue samples and photographs its back to dry land to analyze their finds and record them in the extensive database.
No easy feat Studying mobile marine life – even something as large as a blue whale – is not easy. The ocean is quite literally immense. It covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. You have probably seen this figure before but have you really thought about it? Picture the vast Saharan desert, the seemingly endless stretches of Himalayan mountains, the uninhabited Australian bush – all this land and more is just 30% of the earth. Now imagine searching for creatures in an area more than twice that size. It’s no simple task.
The blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, is thought to be the largest animal (25m long) to ever inhabit the earth – larger even than any dinosaur we know of. Its tongue alone weighs more than a full-grown elephant – yet as animals go, we know very little about them. This is, in part, because they migrate huge distances and spend the majority of their time below the surface of the ocean. Läs mer…

Volvo Penta powers a fleet of boats in South America’s demanding Beagle Channel

Tours start from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego – an island at the southern tip of South America. It’s long been known as the southernmost city on Earth and is one of Argentina’s top destinations. Passengers can expect to have a taste of the wild, including a trip to see the penguin colony at Martillo Island and take in the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia.
The company’s president, Constante Moreno Preto, has been working in the tourist industry for more than 30 years and is now the president of Los Yámanas. As one of the main tourist companies in the city – and one of the oldest – Los Yámanas prides itself on maintaining the safest and most comfortable standards for its 120 – 140 thousand annual passengers. The company offers up to three tours per day. “We have a fleet of four boats,” says Moreno, “with capacities of up to 170 passengers. All are powered by Volvo Penta, with two of our catamarans are powered by Volvo Penta IPS 900 packages, rating 3.”
Tackling the toughest conditions   Moreno’s fleet mainly operates in the Beagle Channel – one of three navigable routes linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the southern tip of South America. “On a good day the water is calm but on a bad day the sea can get terrifying. It can really feel like a matter of life or death,” exclaims Moreno. “When conditions are bad it is vital that boats are reliable and that captains can maneuver them to safety easily. Volvo Penta’s individually steerable IPS drives are linked to the onboard Joystick giving captains more control of the vessel especially when doing tight maneuvers or docking.”
Operators have control even in demanding sea conditions thanks to Volvo Penta IPS’s unique design. The system has forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers that sit below the hull for incredible ‘grip’ of the water – maximizing control.
Protecting the environment The Beagle Channel is named after HMS Beagle, the ship which carried Charles Darwin to the area in 1831. Darwin was amazed at the flora and fauna in the region and tourists still flock to see the marine birds and mammals that reside here. Protecting this environment is high on Los Yámanas’ priorities. The Volvo Penta IPS package delivers up to 30 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions than an inboard shaft. “This results in a reduced impact on the environment and that matters to us and the future of our business,” explains Moreno.
Volvo Penta IPS also reduces noise and vibration levels by up to 50 percent which is important when operating in marine mammal habitats. Low noise and vibration also mean that passengers have a more comfortable experience and can feel even closer to the stunning nature.
Support when you need it When you offer year-round tours, you need a reliable fleet. In the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean – reliability is paramount for the safety of your passengers. “The reliability of the boats makes us feel safer,” says Moreno. “Thanks to the support we received from Volvo Penta through Naval Motor we receive important spare parts in just 24 to 48 hours which is very quick if you think how remote we are,” Moreno says with a smile.
“Without a doubt, we are a proven success of a company that chose Volvo Penta.”
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Volvo Penta presents new D8 genset engine at Middle East Energy

Following the unveiling of its Stage V engines for mobile gensets in November last year, Volvo Penta is now further strengthening its industrial power generation product range. The latest addition to the family – the D8 Stage II and IIIA/Tier 3 engine – is being presented to customers for the first time at Middle East Energy (MEE). The new addition to the company’s genset product portfolio delivers industry-leading power density and a compact design for its power class, as well as low fuel consumption and noise levels.
“We are excited to introduce another new premium product to our customers with the launch of the Stage II and IIIA/Tier 3 D8 engine,” says Giorgio Paris, Head of Industrial at Volvo Penta. “With our strong range of products for power generation, our customers can expect reliable, fuel-efficient and cost-effective engines which deliver an extremely attractive total cost of ownership throughout their service life.”
Alongside the modern D8 engine, Volvo Penta is also showcasing its flagship 16-litre diesel engine, the D16. The D16 produces up to 800 kVA and delivers excellent power density, high fuel efficiency and low exhaust emission levels. The company’s power generation engines range from 85 kVA to 800 kVA, and meet all emission legislation requirements across the world.
Committed to customer success Under the theme, ‘Power of Independence’, Volvo Penta is reinforcing its message of being an independent engine supplier. “Our business is to be the best partner to our OEM customers,” explains Giorgio. “We are dedicated to supplying the optimal design, installation, operation and maintenance support to our customers, wherever they are. As well as investing in our products, we are also continuously developing our extensive, global dealer support network.”
Volvo Penta, through its partnership with Al Masaood Power Division, is showcasing its new D8 Stage II and IIIA/Tier 3 engine at Middle East Energy between March 3rd-5th in Dubai. To find out more about the new D8 Stage II and IIIA/Tier 3 engine, the popular D16 or other models in the company’s robust power generation range, visit stand S2.E39.
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Volvo Penta expands genset range with D8 Stage II and Stage IIIA/Tier 3 engine

D8 in focus The powerful and economical D8 industrial genset engine will mainly be used as a reliable source of back-up power, as well as cost-effective primary power generation in areas where energy is scarce. It can be used for both mobile and stationary power generation applications, depending on local emission regulations. The Stage II compliant D8 engine (TAD841-843GE) is a dual speed premium diesel engine. Switchable between 1,500 rpm (50 Hz) and 1,800 rpm (60 Hz), it delivers up to 274 kWm at prime power and is also available in three power nodes: 253, 303 and 326 kVA at 1,500 rpm (50 Hz) at prime power. Similarly, the EU Stage IIIA/Tier 3 certificate compliant D8 (TAD851-853GE) generator set engine is also a premium dual speed engine, switchable between 1,500 rpm (50 Hz) and 1,800 rpm (60 Hz), it delivers up to 258 kWm at prime power. Volvo Penta, through its partnership with Al Masaood Power Division, is showcasing its new D8 Stage II and IIIA/Tier 3 engine at Middle East Energy on stand S2.E39. The show takes place between March 3rd-5th in Dubai. 
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Volvo Penta Begins Production of Seven Marine Outboards in Tennessee

“It’s with great pride that we add the Seven Marine outboard range to our portfolio of marine gasoline solutions that are produced in Tennessee,” said Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “With this step, we are better positioned to leverage the full scope of Volvo Penta assets from the deep expertise and competencies of our team, to our robust manufacturing capabilities and high production standards,” said Peter Hertinge, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Quality for Volvo Penta. “We are proud of the journey that’s led us to this integration and see great opportunity ahead.” Transitioning production of the Seven Marine engines into Volvo Penta’s established manufacturing facility is part of the overall strategy to further develop the company’s outboard offering. Since acquiring Seven Marine in 2017, efforts have focused on expanding the impressive Seven Marine product lineup and integrating proven Volvo Penta solutions. In 2018, through close collaboration with the Volvo Penta team, Seven Marine was able to extend its horsepower range to include 527hp and 577hp models, and enhance its 627hp flagship model. Another key milestone came in 2019 when Volvo Penta integrated all Seven Marine outboards with the company’s proven Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) and associated easy boating solutions such as DuoProp, joystick docking and driving, Glass Cockpit and more. The Volvo Penta Integrated Outboard Experience debuted first on a Tiara Sport 38LS and earned the NMMA Innovation Award in the outboard category at the Miami Boat Show.
In addition to the Lexington operations, an outboard engineering office has been established in Germantown and Rick Davis, founder of Seven Marine, will continue to work together with the Volvo Penta team. “As we continue to develop our outboard offering, the Volvo Penta team will learn from and build upon the wealth of market knowledge shared from the Davis family,” said Bjuve. The 210,000 square foot facility in Lexington houses Volvo Penta’s production of all gasoline engines and drives for worldwide distribution. It also houses a final assembly line for production of industrial off-road engines. Adhering to the Volvo Production System (VPS), the facility operations place emphasis on high levels of precision through the use of advanced production techniques. Aligning with the Volvo Group’s commitment to VPS practices, the factory holds several ISO certifications in the areas of production process management, environmental management and occupational health and safety. A Seven Marine 627 will be on display in the Volvo Penta booth and available for test drives on Pier 1, slips 125-128 at the Miami International Boat Show, taking place February 13 – 17, 2020.
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Volvo Penta recieves innovation award for its DPI drive

Volvo Penta has been recognized at the German boat show – boot Dusseldorf. Presented at the prestigious Flagship Night within the category of European Powerboat of the Year 2020, the award recognizes the industry-leading features of Volvo Penta’s all-new aquamatic sterndrive. Introduced during 2019 as part of the company’s next generation D4/D6 propulsion system, the DPI drive further enhances Volvo Penta’s trademark easy boating experience.
Technology behind the DPI The DPI drive has been designed to deliver enhanced performance, easier maintenance and greater reliability for boat owners. The new hydraulic clutch ensures a silent and smooth shifting, as well as slipping at low engine speeds, resulting in added maneuverability and higher comfort at slower boat speeds. The hydraulic clutch, together with electric steering – which is now standard for DPI – gives an improved joystick docking function. The DPI driveline now also comes with Dynamic Positioning System, which automatically maintains a boat’s heading and position, even during strong currents or windy conditions – ideal when preparing for docking.
 “Once again, Volvo Penta has set new benchmarks in drive technology. The hydraulic clutch of the DPI drive enables silent, low-wear shifting. In addition, the electric steering unit provides greater convenience and safety in practice,” explains BOOTE’s editor-in-chief Torsten Moench, summarizing the jury’s motivation for the award.
Driveline with innovation at its heart Having an efficient driveline is an essential part of delivering outstanding boat performance, and necessary to provide an integrated ‘easy boating’ experience. Continuous innovation in driveline technology is a factor that Volvo Penta has taken to heart across its innovations over the years – with the new DPI driveline as the latest example.
“This recognition reinforces our longstanding commitment to innovation in the boating industry,” says Johan Inden, President of Volvo Penta Region Europe. “We are in a technology revolution, and our innovation focus is to use the new technologies to further enhance the easy boating experience. At the same time, delivering power into the water in an efficient way continues to be a basic need for boating. Our new, future focused DPI delivers a winning combination of innovation and efficiency to enhance the experience for both present and future boaters.”
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Volvo Penta’s new edition D13 IPS1350 now powering larger semi-displacement yachts

Volvo Penta ventures into new waters by expanding its IPS propulsion system to the larger semi-displacement yachting segment with the updated D13 IPS 1350 semi-displacement (SD). The new edition Volvo Penta D13 propulsion system’s torque curve has been expertly modified to cope with higher thrust loads at slower speeds. The D13 IPS 1350 SD also has a wider speed range down to 19 knots (former 25 knots). With this new edition D13 IPS1350 also comes the introduction of two new propellers to the Q-series – the QS4 and QS5 – both will only be allowed for use with the new D13 IPS 1350 SD. One of the key advantages of the new edition D13 propulsion system is that a wider range of boaters can use the IPS features which were, previously, not available for larger, semi-displacement yachts. The key advantages of the Volvo Penta IPS, compared to inboard shaft installations are the increased onboard comfort, increased fuel efficiency and longer range. As an integrated marine propulsion system, the Volvo Penta IPS also delivers an intuitive onboard experience through simple joystick control. The individually steerable IPS drives – controlled by the joystick – make for ultra-responsive handling and pilot-like control when maneuvering and docking. This allows owners to navigate in tight spaces, perform tricky maneuvers and maintain outstanding stability in all sea conditions. Additionally, onboard features are integrated from the helm to the propellers, delivering a seamless experience for the driver. “Recently, we have seen a trend of larger yachts going down in speed,” explains Björn Rönnvall, Product Manager Volvo Penta. “We wanted to be able to bring the benefits of our IPS system to these larger slower semi-displacement yachts and that is what we have achieved with this update.” The new D13 IPS 1350 SD edition is already bringing the IPS boating dream to life for the larger yachting segment – the Absolute Navetta 73, ISA 93 Extra and the Arcadia Sherpa XL are all powered by the new edition IPS 1350 SD, as well as, the Mangusta 33 – to be unveiled this year. “This is a great achievement both for our customers but also for Volvo Penta as a business” says Rönnvall. “We can now offer our IPS system to a wider and larger size range of yachts than ever before.”
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Volvo Penta D16 marine gensets power the award winning Sendo Liner

Sendo Shipping is a young dynamic operator based in the Netherlands. Its innovative outlook drives the business and its boats. The company has maintained a 24/7 container liner service for more than 15 years between the seaports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp – as well as various inland terminals in the north of the Netherlands. Now the company is moving to uncharted waters with the launch of the first battery-hybrid inland barge. The Sendo Liner is a 110m inland container ship operating routes between the North of the Netherlands and the Port of Rotterdam. The boat recently won the prestigious KNVTS Ship of the Year 2019 Maritime Award for its remarkable 40% reduction in CO2 emissions. The aim of the Sendo Liner is to create a diesel-electric vessel that massively reduces CO2 emissions and is able to sail emissions-free through Rotterdam harbor – a feat that’s rewarded by a waiver on harbor tax. To reach this low emission goal Sendo Shipping focused on three key areas: fuel efficiency, optimized hull design and lower power requirements.Sendo Shipping discussed several options for the propulsion solution with Koedood Marine Group. Together they designed the whole propulsion line, including its battery bank. Out of several options and brands, the two Volvo Penta D16 engines, with a 450kW output, were chosen as being the best fit and most fuel efficient option. From then on Volvo Penta worked as an advisor to the project. With over 100 years’ experience in marine propulsion and some large pioneering hybrid projects under its belt, Volvo Penta knows how to tailor a solution to a particular vessel and understands the whole boatbuilding process, from design to operation. “We really enjoyed working with Volvo Penta,” said Gertjan de Gelder, Sales Director, Koedood Marine Group. “The ease of communication and integration of its total solution made collaboration simple and efficient. The engines perform and react quickly when extra power is required. The Volvo Penta D16 Gensets run at optimal fuel efficiency, which contributes to the reduction in CO2 emissions of the vessel.” These dual engines act as the propulsion and power supply for the entire vessel – charging the Lithium-Ion batteries – which have a total capacity of 564 kWh (the equivalent of seven Volvo XC40 P8 AWD electric cars). The impressive liner can run for two to three hours on battery alone, before switching to diesel mode. “We have never used Volvo Penta before in any of our vessels,” said Sebastiaan van der Meer, Owner of Sendo Shipping. “But we have been so impressed by the performance, fuel efficiency and service provided by Volvo Penta we’ve transformed from a first-time customer to an ambassador for the Volvo Penta brand. In their first 9 months in operation the Volvo Penta engines have proven themselves in daily operations.” Läs mer…

Silent and smooth shifting now standard across entire range of Volvo Penta Sterndrives

2019 is deemed the year of sterndrive silence for Volvo Penta. The company is adding its gasoline and D3 diesel engines to the full lineup of propulsion systems that offer seamless and soundless shifting. Introduction of silent shift across Volvo Penta’s span of sterndrive solutions is part of the company’s commitment to delivering the ultimate onboard experience for customers.
“The silent shift feature has been a well-received benefit to customers since the Volvo Penta IPS launch in 2005,” said Peter Granqvist, Chief Technology Officer for Volvo Penta. “Now, we’re extending the capability even further to service a growing customer base, regardless of the specific propulsion. Though the technology behind each sterndrive application may differ, the end result of maximized comfort does not.”
Building on its availability in the Volvo Penta IPS, the silent shift feature was introduced on the new Volvo Penta DPI Aquamatic sterndrive in June 2019. Now, the company is unveiling an expansion to both the Volvo Penta D3 and its full line of gasoline sterndrives including the Volvo Penta Forward Drive, SX single prop drive and DPS duoprop drive. With these additions, which will be unveiled publically in early 2020, Volvo Penta has scaled the benefits of this feature across a broader scope of boat sizes and horsepower ranges to serve more customers than ever before.
The technology solutions behind each of these offers varies by application. However, all customers experience the benefit of seamless and quiet shifting in and out of gear.
“The silent shift feature encompasses well Volvo Penta’s vision of Easy Boating which aims to enhance and improve the overall boating experience,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Now, no matter which type of sterndrive application, customers can rest assured that the expectations for optimal comfort and smooth control at the helm will be met.” 
Silent shift for gasoline sterndrives will make its on-water debut at the Miami International Boat Show, taking place February 13-16, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Customers interested in upgrading their current gasoline engine with the new feature can do so with a simple retrofit. All it takes is changing out the upper transmission unit, which can easily be done by an Authorized Volvo Penta dealer.
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