Italy: Volvo Penta Takes IPS Tour in Baltic
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Volvo Penta takes one of its test boats around the Baltic to show dealers, customers, the press and other interested parties the benefits of the IPS high-performance pod system. One of the stopovers is at IMDS (the International Marine Defense Show) in St Petersburg.
The PTA80 chosen for this trip is one of Volvo Penta’s regular test boats, used at the Krossholmen test center outside Gothenburg. The PTA80 is 22 meters long and powered by twin IPS1050 at 800 hp each. With a displacement of 33 tons, she has a top speed of 30 knots.
Volvo Penta IPS offers radical cuts in exhaust emissions. The engines that comply with IMO NOx, EU IWW, EPA Tier 2 and the upcoming EPA Tier 3 are a good start. But the main environmental benefit is that IPS means a 30% cut in fuel consumption – thereby reducing also CO2 emissions. This environmental performance is very much in tune with environmental concerns in the Baltic region.
The trip will have stopovers in seven harbors along the route. Each stopover will stage a demonstration of the boat and a presentation by the Volvo Penta specialists on it. Stopover hosts are Volvo Penta Centers, which are important parts of the Volvo Penta service network. Every Center is a highly competent marine commercial dealer that handles sales, service and support. Each Center is also responsible for several smaller dealer companies in its region.
IMDS St Petersburg
On June 28 the PTA80 will moor in St. Petersburg for the International Marine Defense Show. Volvo Penta IPS is a highly attractive propulsion system for patrol boats. Here the customer gets top-class performance and handling, with 30% reduced fuel cost. The PTA80 will be available for demo trips, complemented by a traditional display stand featuring an IPS demo unit.
Boat type: PTA80
Owner: Volvo Penta Test Center
Length OA: 22 meters
Beam: 5.2 meters
Engines: 2×800 Hp Volvo Penta IPS1050
Displacement: 33 tons
Top speed: 30 knots
Source: VolvoPenta, June 1, 2011.