Volvo Penta’s IMO III solutions help more vessels reach emissions excellence

As part of Volvo Penta’s drive towards sustainable power solutions, the company designed a unique propulsion range to meet IMO III emissions. Since its reveal in 2018, Volvo Penta’s IMO III solution has been successfully powering a wide range of demanding marine commercial applications. A new articulated barge is one of the latest vessels to benefit from this leading technology.

Volvo Penta’s IMO III solutions help more vessels reach emissions excellence
Volvo Penta offers an IMO III engine range for Volvo Penta IPS, Diesel Inboard, Marine Genset, and Auxiliary applications. Based on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment technology, the robust solution is designed for the toughest of marine conditions. The IMO III solution has been adapted to demanding marine conditions and tested extensively at the Volvo Penta facilities, as well as in commercial customer applications. The SCR after-treatment system – fitted on the engines and gensets, ensuring high engine power and efficiency while reducing NOx by up to 75%. Additionally, the system is built to cope with high sulfur fuel and sustain high backpressure while maintaining engine efficiency and drivability.

Ease of installation, operation, maintenance, and service

Based on a common engine platform this solution offers a complete system approach. It includes all functions and offers the convenience of a single point of contact and source of aftermarket support. It is type-approved and developed, certified, monitored, and maintained by Volvo Penta. Moreover, the installation is also very flexible. As repowering is a big part of the installation process, the utilization of machine room space has been Volvo Penta's priority. The company emphasizes easy installation, with the design of the SCR unit - which allows for multiple configurations to compliment your space needs. For easy installation, the SCR unit also features multiple outlets with robust bolt flanges. Lastly, operators benefit from the fully integrated system which allows the entire solution to be monitored from the Electronic Vessel Control System (EVC) or Marine Commercial Control (MCC) displays. The whole solution is optimized for ease of installation, operation, maintenance, and service.

Adapted to demanding marine conditions

Overseas Shipholding Group’s new articulated barge is the latest example of Volvo Penta’s ability to deliver sustainable and efficient power solutions to ensure vessels meet EPA Tier 3 and International Maritime Organization III emissions levels – allowing it to operate in both U.S. and international waters. OSG’s giant articulated barges spend their lives shipping products around the US. When it comes to its latest new-build barge, it does so in a fuel-efficient, reliable and sustainable manner – thanks to D13 engine power from Volvo Penta.

Pacific Power Group, Volvo Penta’s power center for the Pacific Northwest, has designed and supplied the complete auxiliary power package –including four D13MH-AUX-294kW 400 hp engines powering the cargo fuel pumps and three D13MG-480V-360kW radiator-cooled marine gensets integrated with a custom-designed four-section paralleling switchboard. Besides high reliability, these Volvo Penta generator sets also provide benefits such as easy service and installation, high serviceability, fuel efficiency, and low emission levels that meet the tough IMO III emission regulations.

‘Fuel efficiency and ultra-low emissions’

OSG’s new fuel barge was built by Greenbrier Gunderson Marine in Portland, Oregon. A second barge is under construction and scheduled for delivery to OSG this year.
“Volvo Penta’s 13-liter engines are ideal for this sophisticated articulated tank barge,” said Dave Dombrowski, Marine Sales Engineer with Pacific Power Group. “They provide a combination of quick load response, reliability, ease of serviceability, fuel efficiency, and ultra-low emissions, with one of the only manufacturer-provided EPA Tier 3 and IMO III marine dual emission certified solutions available in this power range. And it’s all backed by Volvo Penta’s worldwide service network and logistics support.”

“Our D13 engines have been successfully employed in other articulated fuel barge applications, and we were able to draw on our experience along with the exceptional technical and engineering support from the Pacific Power Group for this unique project that meets EPA Tier 3 and IMO III emission regulatory compliance,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.