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Meeting high demands

Volvo Penta and Norwegian shipyard Måløy Verft have just delivered the first installation of the new Volvo Penta D13-1000 IMO III package: the new Norwegian ambulance boat Rosesol is a 23-metre high-speed fiberglass catamaran with an 8-metre beam, powered by twin Volvo Penta D13-1000 IMO III.

Rosesol is capable of speeds of more than 30 knots. The new vessel was launched in May 2022 and now services an area on the country’s west coast spanning some 100 nautical miles and more than 200 islands.

Based on extensively tested Volvo Group technology, the solution has already proved itself in tough marine conditions, having undergone extensive testing at sea. The system is built to handle high sulphur fuel (up to 1000 ppm) and cope with high back pressure while maintaining engine efficiency and drivability.

The Volvo Penta D13 IMO III package upgrade boasts a power output of up to 735 kW for inboard and auxiliary applications and is approved for E3 and C1 cycles. The reduction in NOx and hydrocarbon (HC) will decrease from currently permitted levels of 5.6 g/kWh down to 2.0 g/kWh. On the water, the new Volvo Penta D13 IMO III solutions mean that high-speed vessels can easily comply with IMO III requirements.

“In this region it’s necessary to have an ambulance boat because it’s not possible to go to the hospital by car,” said Kjell Augestad-Mjåtvedt, Captain of the Rosesol. “This vessel’s impressive speed and fuel efficiency are important because of the distances we cover – time is critical for many patients.

“The most important performance for an ambulance vessel like this is to be able to maintain high speed in tough conditions. We now have the capability of 30-plus knots, not only on flat seas but also in gales and rough water,” said Captain Augestad-Mjåtvedt.
Kristian Lundebrekke, CEO of the shipyard Måløy Verft, said: “What is special about this ambulance vessel starts with the high demands set by the Norwegian government. We need to meet tough sea conditions, we need to be operative every day of the year – reliable – and we need to be environmentally friendly.”

“Our primary focus remains on innovating tomorrow’s premium sustainable marine propulsion solutions, plus we are equally responsible for advancing today’s best practice,” says Johan Inden, president of the Volvo Penta Marine business. “So, in parallel to developing future hybrid and alternative fuel solutions, the new D13 IMO III solutions demonstrate our commitment to continually improving the efficiency and performance of every Volvo Penta product.”

Exhibitor; Volvo Penta
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