Whale watching cat to be Volvo Penta powered

MARCH 2, 2016 — The Salish Sea Dream, a 24 m, 94 passenger vessel under construction at Armstrong Marine, Port Angeles, WA, for Price of Whales Whale Watching is to be be equipped with Volvo Penta engines, engine monitoring and throttle controls supplied by Vancouver, WA, headquartered Pacific Power Group.

PPG's marine team is powering the Salish Sea Dream with four Volvo Penta D13-700 Inboard turbo diesel engines that will each deliver 700 HP at 2,300 RPM, providing faster acceleration and better ability to maintain high top speed. This allows Prince of Whales to offer passengers greater whale watching experiences, additional viewing opportunities and extended tours.

The engines are certified to U.S. EPA Tier 3 commercial marine and IMO II emissions standards. Further environmental benefits are achieved with a longer engine oil change interval of 1,000 hours, reducing oil usage and waste oil management in addition to cost savings for the operator.

Pacific Power Group also supplied Volvo Penta Electronic Vessel Controls (EVC) and throttle controls to complement the propulsion system.

"The Volvo Penta commercial marine engine line has expanded our ability to meet the needs of the commercial market," said Bill Mossey, vice president of Pacific Power Group. "With Volvo Penta D13 engines powering the Salish Sea Dream, Prince of Whales will see more uptime and greater reliability that will increase the profitability of their operations."

Pacific Power Group is a longtime partner of aluminum boat and barge construction specialist Armstrong Marine, which is ISO 9001 certified.

Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects, Victoria, BC, designed the vessel which is set for delivery in May 2016.

"The Volvo Penta D13 has proven to be a hardy workhorse for commercial operators. With exceptional torque at low RPMs and unmatched fuel efficiency and low emissions, it is the perfect engine to power the Salish Sea Dream for up close viewing of these amazing animals in their natural environment. Volvo Penta is proud to be onboard with Price of Whales, Armstrong Marine, Gregory C. Marshall, and Pacific Power to deliver the very best," said Marcia Kull, vice president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

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