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NYPD response boat features Volvo Penta power

Written by Marine Log Staff
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AUGUST 3, 2017—On any given day, the New York Police Department’s high-speed, durable, all-aluminum patrol boats can be seen in New York Harbor. The NYPD’s fifth Response Boat – Medium C (RB-M C) is under construction at Vigor Ballard  (formerly Kvichak Marine), Seattle, WA. The all-aluminum monohull design is well proven with more than 174 Coast Guard response boats delivered. 

What will keep the latest RB-M C patrol boat humming along is a Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engine. It provides 800 hp at 2,300 rev/min, 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 which is critical for tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities. Twin 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.

The new RB-M C will feature Rolls Royce FF375S waterjets and marine transmissions from Pacific Power Group.  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.

“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.”


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