MARCH 13, 2014 — CTruk Boats Ltd., Brightlingsea, Essex, England, CTruk has delivered its first Volvo Penta IPS-equipped workboat to tender services and crewboat charter company Sima Charters of the Netherlands.
According to Volvo Penta, Sima Charters is "delighted" with the results it's getting from the IPS (Inboard Propulsion System) in the 18.5 m x 6.1 m SC Falcon CTruk 20T MPC offshore wind vessel.
With its proven technology, including a joystick control for safe and easy docking, Volvo Penta IPS is ideal for many marine commercial applications and the SC Falcon workboat has thus far impressed Sima Charters with its stability and maneuverability, as well as its 25-knot cruising speed and top speed of more than 30 knots.
Another benefit is the Volvo Penta dynamic positioning system, which allows the skipper to hold the boat's heading near the turbine ladder and keep it steady in a limited area — even in 1.6-meter swells.
CTruk workboats are well known for their fuel efficiency — and the Volvo Penta IPS-equipped SC Falcon burns just 105 liters of fuel per hour at 20 knots.
"This vessel is a credit to CTruk," says Sima Charters owner Ruud Lievaart. "As the first workboat with Volvo IPS, she demonstrated great bollard pull during trials, and fuel economy is superb."
"We are delighted to work with CTruk and especially pleased that their end user, Sima Charters, is enjoying the benefits of the Volvo Penta IPS system," says Volvo Penta marine sales manager Jan-Willem Vissers. "The CTruk SC Falcon will be an excellent reference for us as we promote our IPS solution in the marine commercial industry."
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D13 Propulsion: IPS 900