Monthly Archives: May 2014

Volvo Penta IPS proves popular in Barcelona

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.

Volvo Penta IPS medtrip Barcelona

Volvo Penta IPS medtrip Stopover Barcelona staff  Jaime, Anders, Klas, Sonia, Juan, Espen are happy waving goodbye after hosting 90 people from harbour Tarragona, Marine authorities and many many more. And the PENTA80 has been docked in the luxury Port Vell of Barcelona with excellent support.


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.

One down…

The Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip had a successful inaugural session in Palma on Monday. Now it’s on to the next city!
It’s one stopover down and ten to go, as the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip departs Palma for Barcelona today. The PTA80 crew and employees from the local dealer, Camber Marine, and Spain Marine Engines held the first two informational sessions of the trip on Monday, with around 35 attendants in total. These participants came from the governmental sector — the Coast Guard and Navy — as well as the Spanish ferry boat industry. “We were pleasantly surprised to see so many people there — this is the start of boating season, and these guys are pretty busy right now,” says Ulf Eliasson, who helped run the first session. “I think the level of interest indicates how attractive the Volvo Penta IPS solution is for commercial applications.”
Three test runs were taken, allowing participants to drive the PTA80 to see how she handled, as well as explore the engine room. “Seeing is believing,” Ulf says. “It’s great having the PTA80 here so that boat builders and operators can experience Volvo Penta IPS for themselves.”
The PTA80 departed Palma today and arrived in Barcelona this afternoon in time for three sessions at Marina Port Vell on May 7 and 8.



The Med Trip successfully kicks off in Palma

Yesterday the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip kicked off in Palma with presentations, sea trials and other activities. Participants – who came from the Spanish ferry industry, the Coast Guard and the Navy – called the Volvo Penta IPS-powered PTA80 boat “fantastic,” “smooth” and “amazing when it comes to maneuvering” after taking her out for a test run.

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PTA80 moored in Porto di Palma at last

The PTA80 arrived finally arrived in Palma early Sunday morning. The yacht transport ship Mitiq was delayed in Scandinavia at the beginning of her journey, causing her to reach Porto Palma more than three days later than planned.


Skipper Klas Karlsson was relieved to see the boat today and make sure she was okay after the long journey. The whole Med trip crew and Camber Marine – the Mallorqine dealer hosting the event tomorrow – were also happy to finally see the vessel moored and ready for the first seminar. The Med trip crew and team gathered in Palma today, cleaned the PTA80 and prepared the meeting facilities in Club de Mar for the kick-off of the #volvopentaipsmedtrip 2014.

Countdown to Day 1

With the kickoff to the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip just around the corner, the crew gears up to unload the PTA80 in Palma, Mallorca, tomorrow.

The weather in Palma, Mallorca, is cloudy and cold today, but the forecast is looking bright for the weekend. And that’s a good thing because tonight the Mitiq will moor in the Palma harbor, and tomorrow Klas Karlsson, three employees from Camber Marine (Volvo Penta’s local dealer) and the Mitiq’s load master will begin the process of unloading the PTA80 via crane and putting her in the water. On Monday, they’ll drive her to the Club de Mar, where the first seminar in the Volvo Penta IPS Med Trip will be held.
Twenty-five guests are expected to attend the first session, which begins at 10 a.m. and includes a presentation on the advantages of Volvo Penta IPS and the ease of installation, an opportunity to ask questions of the Volvo Penta experts, and a test drive around the harbor.
The PTA will depart on May 6 for destination #2: Barcelona, Spain.