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The third time proved to be the winner for Dmitry Kraskovsky when he suggested a unique solution to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center’s generation needs. The first two bids for improving the generators at the hospital in Auburn, Washington, didn’t quite meet the facility’s needs. Then, Dmitry came up with a hybrid paralleling system for the MTU generators.

“This design was exactly what hospital officials wanted from the new generator system,” he said.

Major Renovations Required New Power Generators

MultiCare needed a new generation system to support a massive renovation at the Auburn facility. The hospital added an adult psychiatric wing, completely renovated the emergency room and added new heating and boiler plants.

Mike Atchley, our project manager, faced the daunting task of fitting the large MTU generators needed to power the expansion into an extremely small space.

Meeting New Facility Needs

The MTU units, which each provide 2000 kW at 4,160 volts, were engineered for an N+1 configuration. This allows the first generator to take the load and once it’s stabilized, the second generator shuts down. The backup system is typical for hospitals, data centers and other mission critical operations.

Dmitry and the Power Generation team has worked with MultiCare on several projects at various medical centers in the Seattle area. Their expertise and experience is what enabled them to continue tailoring the generation design until they found the right configuration for the Auburn site.

Unique Fuel System

Generators were only part of the job. Just as important were the fuel tanks. Hospitals require enough fuel to run the generators for 96 hours. Each generator consumes 147 gallons of fuel an hour. An equally creative configuration for the fuel tanks was employed to achieve the necessary fuel storage capacity without using severely oversized fuel tanks.

Dampening Sound

The final piece to the project was building an enclosure to dampen the sound and contain the generators. The units that were designed for Auburn lowered the generator noise to 68 dB at the nearest property line.

Repeat  Customer Satisfied

The unique solution to the Auburn site’s needs was critical in designing a system that best fit MultiCare’s needs. It’s not the first time we’ve been able to serve the not-for-profit health care organization.

“Knowing the organization and working with them on several projects definitely helps in our ability to accurately diagnose the power generation needs that are unique to each facility,” Dmitry said.

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Macy’s department store in downtown Seattle occupies a prominent corner in the city’s bustling landscape. This iconic and historic building has undergone dramatic changes in the past few years as the retail footprint has shrunk and Amazon has taken up residence in the top six floors in the eight-story building.

The transformation has required a host of upgrades, including a substantially larger generator that our power generation team was tasked with providing. Surveying the building and assessing its needs was the easy part. Answer: An MTU 10V1600 DS500, capable of providing 500 kw of power.

The difficult part was getting the unit and related components three floors underground into a tight space that was significantly altered to adhere to more stringent building codes. The only way the new generator was going to get to its new home was in pieces.

“I’ve been doing this for 24 years and have seen maybe three or four projects that were this complicated,” said Mike Atchley, our project manager who oversaw the mission.

Ground Up

The impetus for the piecemeal approach to installing the genset was structural improvements to the building’s foundation and basement. Thousands of pounds of rebar were added and then covered with enough concrete to fill 100 trucks, which came at a rate of 10 per hour.

This newly reinforced floor is where the MTU generator was installed. But the freight elevator that was used to lower the genset has a weight limit of 6,000 pounds. The generator’s size and weight meant the PPG team had to find a way to make the unit smaller.

Disassembly

The solution was to disassemble the generator. Technicians spent three days breaking the generator down to the engine, skid, alternator and tanks. Another couple of days were spent lowering each component separately and moving it about 100 feet. Finally, the techs spent several more days reassembling the generator.

 Keeping It Cool

The underground location also required the team of technicians to install a remote radiator and cooling system that is a floor above the generator. Once those connections were finalized, it took several days of testing to confirm the new system was operable.

Dmitry Kraskovsky, a member of our power generation sales team, said the entire project took a tremendous of time and detailed planning to not only get the generator into position, but to get it tested and running quickly.

Since the 500 kw generator was installed, Amazon’s continued expansion into the building has required the installation of a second generator. Dmitry said  the power generation team added an MTU 350 kw unit to the building. That project, however, was a much simpler and quicker installation.

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Brian Wier ended his 15-year boat ownership drought when he acquired the 32-foot-long Sea Bear and began a repower that transformed this boat into something truly exceptional.

PPG got to go along for the ride and helped guide Brian through his decisions regarding the Sea Bear’s propulsion system. Brian ultimately chose Volvo Penta’s D4-300 Aquamatic Duoprop engine. But that was just the start.

Brian knew what he wanted out of the Sea Bear – a boat capable of fishing in open water, but that also had the space, amenities and creature comforts for his wife and family. To achieve this goal, Brian not only went with the Volvo Penta engines, but replaced the boat’s hydraulics with Volvo Penta’s EDC system and installed the Glass Cockpit, docking station and joystick control.

The Volvo Penta system ultimately gives the Sea Bear improved power and performance, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

“I really wanted the latest and the greatest,” he said.

Remaking The Sea Bear

The Sea Bear was built in 2002 by Sea Sport Boats in Bellingham, Washington. The catamaran hull boat was in good shape, but Brian wanted the interior to match the upgraded propulsion system. He selected North Harbor, a longtime partner of ours, to oversee the six-month rebuild of the boat.

The work included adding air conditioning, an ice machine, new paint, a fly bridge and a half hardtop. The Sea Bear lettering was also replaced with stainless steel.

Brian initially planned to have the Sea Bear shipped to its new home in San Diego until North Harbor’s owner and the lead mechanic on the project offered to boat it down the West Coast. Brian agreed and the journey put the first 70 hours on the new engines.

“What better way to have them broken in,” he said.

The new Volvo Penta engines were up to the task. The North Harbor crew sent Brian videos during their trip to San Diego that showed how the Sea Bear was easily handling the journey.

Happy Volvo Customer

Brian said he constantly gets compliments about the boat when he’s at the marina in San Diego, the Sea Bear’s new port. The Sea Bear served as the backdrop for his daughter’s wedding. He and the family are having a great time fishing and enjoying the spacious interior, upgraded amenities and the boat’s performance at sea.

But more importantly, Brian is continually impressed with the boat’s seaworthiness and its handling from the Volvo Penta engines. The docking station lets Brian easily crawl the boat sideways for mooring.

“It’s amazing how the system works,” he said. “Volvo put a lot of thought into designing this system.”

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Tomco Marine Group’s newest project, the Waypoint 36, allows the LaConner, Washington, boat builder to experience a new power system – Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines supplied by Pacific Power Group.

The Waypoint is based on the fiberglass construction of Tomco’s 365 hull and deck. The overall design is meant to deliver a more affordable trawler capable of handling the waters from California to Alaska or Florida to Maine and maintain the quality and craftsmanship of the American Tug name.

Tomco consulted Pacific Power Group to find the ultimate power system and chose Volvo’s D4 engine line. The standard Waypoint will feature the D4-260. This 260hp, 4-cylinder gives Tomco an engine that delivers top performance with lower weight and emission levels. The initial Waypoint is being powered with a D4-300, which ups the power to 300hp.

The Volvo engine gives the Waypoint operator a boat that has great performance and superior reliability. The engine’s design also gives the owner class-leading fuel efficiency and durability.

Tomco’s typical trawlers feature one stateroom. The Waypoint’s design includes a second stateroom and a salon/galley. This design necessitated Tomco Marine to abandon the engine configuration it typically uses due to size constraints.

The Volvo Penta engine size along with its performance made it the perfect propulsion system for the new Waypoint, said Kurt Dilworth, Tomco’s vice president. But even with the smaller engine room, Dilworth said the space is easily accessible for maintenance and repair needs.

During the initial run of the 17,500-pound Waypoint, it topped 16 knots, 2 knots more than anticipated. Sea trial data had the Volvo Penta engine delivering an average speed of 16.65 knots with a light load.

“The Volvo engine exceeded expectations,” Dilworth said.

The Waypoint and Volvo Penta partnership is drawing interest from consumers after it was unveiled in May at the Anacortes Boat & Yacht show in Anacortes, Washington.

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A dedicated team of techs from Pacific Power Group’s Anchorage office were deep into preseason engine maintenance on one of two day-cruise vessels Phillips Cruises & Tours operates out of Whittier, Alaska, when the M/V Klondike Express returned to port with a faulty injector.

The Klondike Express had finished the first cruise of the year, just hours after PPG had been dispatched to assist with engine maintenance on the M/V Glacier Quest. Phillips Cruises was faced with weekend repairs on the Klondike Express before the Glacier Quest was ready for service.

“We were about to start off our season on a very sour note and our reputation with our customers and vendors was at stake,” said Gary Sommerfeld, marine operations manager for Phillips Cruises.

Since the 1950s, Phillips Cruises has plied the waters of Alaska giving visitors intimate views of Prince William Sound, Esther Passage and the glaciers and wildlife that inhabit this remote location. PPG has been a longtime partner with Phillips to keep its catamarans running at peak performance. The PPG team is working with Phillips on a repower project, swapping out the engines on the M/V Bravest with two new MTU 16v4000M64 EPA Tier 3 2680 HP engines. The Bravest will join the other two catamarans in the spring of 2019.

Given the urgency of the scheduled cruises, our techs quickly redirected their focus from the Glacier Quest to the Klondike Express. The PPG techs worked overnight to make the repairs to the Klondike Express, replacing the injector, and returned the vessel to service in time for its scheduled cruise the following day.

The dedication and effort of the techs saved Phillips Cruises thousands of dollars in potentially lost business. Sommerfeld was so impressed with the effort and the work he reached out to Bill Mossey, president of Pacific Power Group, to make sure he knew how important the hustle was to his company.

“I want to thank everybody at PPG,” Sommerfeld said. “Your efforts went above and beyond the norm this weekend.”

Mossey echoed Sommerfeld’s comments adding that the team’s ability to quickly switch gears and tackle the Klondike’s problem once again demonstrates why PPG is so trusted by its customers.

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NYPD RB-M C new patrol boat

The newest response boat commissioned for the New York Police Department is the first for the organization that will be powered by Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines from Pacific Power Group.

The Project

The fifth Response Boat – Medium C (RB-M C) built by Oregon’s Vigor Industrial will join the fleet of RB-M Cs currently providing maritime security and law enforcement in the New York metro area. The vessel, which is under construction at Vigor Ballard (formerly Kvichak Marine), is built based on a proven all-aluminum design utilized on more than 174 Coast Guard response boats and has been tested on countless missions.

The NYPD has relied on these response boats for many different types of incidents. When the tragic incident of US Airways Flight 1549 occurred, crashing into the Hudson River minutes after liftoff in 2009, NYPD’s RB-M C were on the scene rescuing passengers and crew.  The upcoming fifth vessel will expand their ability to respond on water.

NYPD RB-M C boat in Husdon River Harbor helping with rescue for US Airways Flight 1549 crash.

The Power System

A Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engine will power the newest RB-M C and provides 800 hp at 2300 rpm, making the vessel capable of top speeds over 40 knots. The EPA Tier 3-rated D13 engine provides greater low speed torque, which gives the RB-M C strong acceleration, critical for tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities.

Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engineTwin turbochargers and charge air coolers manage combustion temperature control and add to the engine’s durability.

Also a first for the NYPD, the new vessel will feature Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Controls (EVC), which allow for greater monitoring of engine data, fuel consumption, and other parameters to minimize downtime. Additionally, the new RB-M C will feature Rolls Royce FF385S waterjets and marine transmission from Pacific Power Group.

“We’re proud to utilize our propulsion system expertise to develop a complete custom solution for the NYPD. The combination of the Volvo Penta D13 engines and Rolls Royce waterjets provides the newest response boat with superior maneuverability and the performance they need for their demanding missions,” said Vice President of Pacific Power Group, Bill Mossey.

“The D13 diesel platform is a proven workhorse for the most demanding commercial marine applications,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It also provides industry-leading fuel economy and meets rigorous EPA Tier-3 standards for low emissions.”

RB-M C Propulsion System features:

• Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engine
• 800 hp at 2300 rpm
• Top speed estimated >40 knots
• Rolls Royce FF375S waterjets
• Rolls Royce Vector Stick steering
• Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Controls (EVC)
• Twin Disc MG5114SC Marine transmissions

This is the fifth NYPD RB-M C build by Vigor that has been powered by Pacific Power Group. The new RB-M C is scheduled to be delivered in November 2017.

Trusted Marine Defense Experts

Pacific Power Group has worked with marine defense projects for decades, pooling our expertise to provide power systems for Naval, coast guard, law enforcement, and other government agencies both worldwide and in the Pacific Northwest.

Volvo Penta gensets are recommended and used by a wide variety of marine operations and businesses all over the world due to their high efficiency and exceptional reliability, easy service and installation, high serviceability, and low emission levels.

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