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Transportation officials in Puget Sound are increasingly seeing the waterway as a vital transportation route for its residents to reach the Seattle metro area to the east.

Case in point, Kitsap Transit in 2017 launched its first fast-ferry service, linking Bremerton to downtown Seattle. Ridership has consistently beat expectations. The local transportation agency is capitalizing on that enthusiasm by adding two new fast-ferries to its fleet.

Kitsap Transit contracted with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington, to build the two additional ferries, with an option to construct a third ship.

Powering the Newest Ferries

Each of the 140-foot-long aluminum catamarans are powered by two MTU 16V4000 M65L engines and two Rolls-Royce Kamewa S71 water jets, that we provided. The propulsion systems will also feature a Selective Catalytic Reduction exhaust aftertreatment system, which captures the engine’s exhaust and transforms it into a harmless mix of nitrogen, oxygen and water. The SCR helps the ferries meet Tier 4 regulations.

“Our team worked closely with Nichols Brothers to engineer the SCR into the vessel’s design to maximize its effectiveness while providing the greatest environmental benefits,” said Doug Schwedland, PPG’s marine division vice president.

Continuing MTU Partnership

Schwedland said the PPG marine team will work closely with MTU during the field test process to gather data and maximize the efficiency of each engine. This is a similar process we implemented with MTU for the operation and maintenance of engines used throughout a ferry fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Speedier Transit

Kitsap Transit’s ferries will each carry up to 250 passengers and 26 bicycles, with a top speed of 37 knots and a cruise speed of 35 knots at full load. The passenger-only ships will expand the marine highway being developed to help ease congestion on the roadways in the notoriously congested Seattle-area traffic.

Voters in Kitsap County, which sits west from Seattle across the Sound, approved funding for the passenger-only fast ferries at a time when the area’s population is booming. Residents want a faster connection to the city. The funding will allow Kitsap Transit to add routes between Kingston and downtown Seattle and Southworth and downtown Seattle in 2020.

Lending Our Expertise

The expansion of ferry service in the Seattle area allows us to bring our expertise in this market. MTU designated our marine team as its preferred maintenance group to service its engines fitted for the San Francisco Bay Area WETA ferries.

“We’ve logged hundreds of hours working on MTU engines in Northern California,” Schwedland said. “This allows us to bring that knowledge to the budding system in Washington and help our customers in the region meet the performance standards they are seeking.”

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Our marine customers are faced with a vexing problem – how to improve emissions to meet international standards without compromising engine performance. Volvo Penta not only has a solution, but one that can improve your engine’s functionality.

Volvo Penta’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment reduces NOx in the engine emissions by introducing diesel exhaust fluid that causes a chemical reaction in the catalysts to form healthy molecules of nitrogen, oxygen and water. All of this is done while maintaining acceptable back pressure, engine efficiency and performance.

“SCR lets us help our customers meet the new emission standards while also maintaining the durability and longevity of their vessels,” said Rich Murdy, of our marine division.

The New Environmental Standard

The International Maritime Organization, which promotes marine safety, sets environmental standards for the shipping industry. The latest benchmark, IMO III, reduces the allowable amount of nitrogen oxide, which is linked to acid rain and smog, in emission control areas up to 75 percent.

How SCR Works

Volvo Penta’s system captures the engine’s exhaust and mixes it with diesel exhaust fluid containing urea in the SCR. The chemical reactions in the catalyst transforms the nitrogen oxide in the diesel exhaust with the urea into a harmless mix of nitrogen, oxygen and water.

The Benefits of SCR

Volvo Penta’s SCR reduces nitrogen oxide in emissions up to 75 percent compared to the previous IMO II standard. If you combine the SCR with Volvo Penta’s IPS system, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can be reduced up to 30 percent while increasing the cruising range up to 40 percent.

Flexible Design & Easy Installation

Most of our customers utilizing the SCR will be doing so for new builds and repowers to operate internationally between the United States and Canada. Volvo Penta knew this would be the case and designed the SCR so it’s compact and allows for great flexiblity in design and installation.

The SCR can be mounted in different positions. It can be installed upside down, on the floor or above the engine. The urea dosage valve is the only component requiring a specific orientation. The SCR features an airless injector that eliminates the need for a separate compressed air system. This makes installation easy and reduces additional maintenance parts.

The SCR uses an intelligent quality, level, and temperature sensor in the urea tank that controls the level and quality of urea, allowing the customer to use 32 percent or 40 percent urea. They can also have the main tank outside the engine area to pump to the day tank near the engine. The SCR reduces engine noise by at least 35 dBA, allowing some applications to not need an additional muffler with the small space constraints.

Our Expertise

Our Volvo Penta engineers utilize decades of experience with on highway and off-highway markets to bring emission solution that best fits the needs of our marine customers. By working in a variety of markets, we’re able to use our knowledge to supply a robust and efficient emission solution to minimize any downtime of your ship.

“Between Volvo Penta’s smart design of its SCR system and our abilities to maximize its benefits, we’ve got the perfect solution to help our customers meet the new emission standards,” Murdy said.

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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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Ocean Endeavor - Pacific Power Group

Adventure Bound Alaska has created memorable tours throughout the waters of Juneau, Alaska, for decades – taking adventurers to see the Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord and numerous other breathtaking Alaskan sights. Offering such unforgettable marine tours requires equipment that is capable of sustaining long hours of operation on the water with minimal downtime so passengers can spend more time taking in the sights and less time on the dock. To offer the best Alaskan tour experience possible, Adventure Bound Alaska chose PPG to supply a new Volvo Penta engine to power the tour boat fleet’s newest vessel, the Ocean Endeavor.

In order to accommodate the heavy workload that the fjord-bound vessel undertakes, the Ocean Endeavor needed to be refitting with powerful engines that offer enhanced performance and speed. Steve Weber, the owner of Adventure Bound Alaska needed engines that could replace the aging Detroit Diesels in the new Ocean Endeavor, without sacrificing performance.  Weber was looking for engines that offered reliability, maximum uptime and greater power availability. These factors would allow his new vessel to accelerate faster and operate for longer hours – meaning longer uninterrupted tours for passengers.

Having worked with Pacific Power Group’s Marine team in the past, Weber was confident that PPG would supply an engine fit for the heavy operational hours of his new tour boat along with reliable service and support. PPG’s team supplied the Ocean Endeavor with two Volvo Penta D11-510 engines that are designed to deliver better day-to-day reliability. The reliability that these Volvo Penta engines offer will permit operators of the Ocean Endeavor to take passengers on full-day tours, meaning entire days of Alaskan wonder and sight-seeing.

With travel logs that often exceed 140 nautical miles per day, this Volvo Penta engine ensures that the newly repowered Ocean Endeavor is properly powered to support the 33 percent increase in passengers on the new vessel that will be taking to the scenic waters around Juneau, Alaska.

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