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Since the initial launch of Volvo Penta IPS in 2005, the inboard
engine market has been revolutionised.
More than 11,000 units of what Volvo Penta refers to as the
“world leading pod system” have been sold globally, and in 2009,
Volvo Penta launched IPS 2.
Now, in 2010, a new class of application has been launched
heralding a new era for fast work and patrol boats; Volvo Penta IPS
In Australia, Volvo Penta IPS is moving from strength to
strength, with many new business partners in the marine leisure
market taking this revolutionary propulsion system into their
offering and now in addition to marine leisure, Volvo Penta IPS is
rated for marine commercial.
IPS Marine Commercial rated engines offer a complete range:
IPS400MC, IPS450, IPS950 and IPS1050 for work and patrol boats
and passenger ferries, coupled with the D6, D11 or D13 engines, in
twin, triple or quad installations. Compared with inboard shafts at
service speed, an approximate 30 percent reduction in fuel
consumption can be made so extending operating range by around
40 percent, according to Volvo Penta.
With three IPS drive versions in production which can be
installed as twin, triple or quad, the benefits of forward-facing and
contra-rotating propellers are available for fast work boats, patrol
boats and passenger ferries up to 30 metres and 45 knots.
The new D13MC is available as Volvo Penta IPS950 and IPS1050
and delivers impressive performance with greatly reduced fuel
consumption and minimal exhaust emissions. The high torque
from low rpm is a pre-requisite for rapid and safe acceleration and
retains a very high torque throughout its speed range. This makes
it possible to maintain good operating speed even with a heavily
loaded boat, or in rough seas.
A new generation of the proven “Electronic Vessel Control”
offers new and useful features. The new series of controls are
ergonomically designed and allow for manoeuvring with fingertip
precision in any situation. Integrated pushbuttons give easy access
to functions such as low-speed mode, cruise control and single
lever mode, which allows safe and easy handling. The EVC system
features a self-diagnostic function, which indicates at the helm if a
failure should occur.
For increased control and safety with easier manoeuvring, a range
of functions may be tailored to the needs of a particular application,
such as a Digital Positioning System. The software in the system
transforms the data from GPS receivers into steering angles, gear
shifts and throttle positions, or joystick docking for easy
manoeuvring dockside. Additionally, extra docking stations may be
placed anywhere on the vessel for the most convenient view.
For further information contact:
Volvo Penta Oceania, Queensland.
PH: (07) 3726 1514,
Volvo Penta IPS for commercial applications
The Volvo Penta IPS 1050 delivers impressive performance with greatly
reduced fuel consumption and minimal exhaust emissions
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