The Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip stopover in Barcelona turned out to be an eventful one, with nearly 100 guests showing up to learn more about the system — including some eager future marine engineers.
It was a busy two days at Marina Port Vell, Barcelona, with more than 90 visitors to the second Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip stopover on May 7 and 8. Those visitors included tourist catamaran fleet owners, marine authorities from Gibraltar, the captain of the maritime authorities in Barcelona, pilot boat operators from the Tarragona harbor and a delegation from the Spanish Coast Guard.
“These potential customers were very interested in what we had to say about the maneuverability, ease of stopping, fuel efficiency and low total cost of ownership of Volvo Penta IPS. And of course they had a chance to try out the PTA80 themselves and see how easy it is to drive,” says Espen Gundersen, the Volvo Penta dealer development manager who led the Barcelona seminars. “We are prospecting with some of these boat builders for repowering projects — as well as new equipment. They were very interested in the Volvo Penta IPS solution, and they indicated they’d like us to be there with them from the beginning of these new projects.”
On the second day of the stopover, a group of 20 marine engineering students from Barcelona University came to the seminar and sea trials. “These students are the future of boat design and maintenance — and engine installation,” Espen says. “It’s important that we introduce them to Volvo Penta IPS early in their careers.”
A former president of the Barcelona Boat Show also made an appearance, and members of the Spanish trade press were treated to a special informational session of their own.
“I personally want to thank all of the Spanish MedTrip Team, who have done a great job to make this event a success,” Espen says. “This also includes the crew from Krosshomen, Klas Karlsson and Anders Lundqvist. I’m convinced that this will lead to future growth in the Marine Commercial business in Spain.”
After a full two days, the PTA80 departed Barcelona and arrived in Marseille, France, this afternoon, just in time for the weekend. Volvo Penta IPS seminars will resume on Monday and Tuesday next week.