Pacific Power Group is powering a new custom-built boat for whale watching with Volvo Penta engines, engine monitoring and throttle controls in an effort to improve the experience for passengers of the Prince of Whales tour business.
Vancouver, Wash.-based Pacific Power Group’s marine team is powering the Salish Sea Dream with four Volvo Penta D13-700 inboard turbodiesel engines that will each supply 700 hp at 2,300 rpm, providing faster acceleration and better ability to maintain a high top speed.
This allows Prince of Whales to offer passengers greater whale-watching experiences, additional viewing opportunities and extended tours, the company said.
The engines were also selected for their environmental benefits — low exhaust emissions certified to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 3 commercial marine and IMO II standards — the company said.
“The Volvo Penta commercial marine engine line has expanded our ability to meet the needs of the commercial market,” Pacific Power Group vice president Bill Mossey said in a statement. “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.”
“The Volvo Penta D13 has proven to be a hardy workhorse for commercial operators,” Volvo Penta of the Americas vice president Marcia Kull said.