NYPD to add first Volvo Penta-powered response boat


(KENT, Wash.) — The newest New York Police Department response boat currently under construction will be powered by Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines from Pacific Power Group, a first for the NYPD fleet.

The fifth response boat-medium C (RB-M C) built by Vigor will join the fleet of RB-M Cs currently providing maritime security and law enforcement in the New York metro area. The vessel, which is under construction at Vigor Ballard  (formerly Kvichak Marine), is built based on a proven all-aluminum design utilized on more than 174 Coast Guard response boats and has been tested on countless missions. 

A Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engine will power the newest RB-M C and provides 800 hp at 2,300 rpm, making the vessel capable of top speeds over 40 knots. The EPA Tier 3-rated D13 engine provides greater low speed torque which gives the RB-M C strong acceleration which is critical for tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities. Twin turbochargers and charge air coolers manage combustion temperature control and add to the engine’s durability.

Also a first for the NYPD, the new vessel will feature Volvo Penta electronic vessel controls (EVC) which allow for greater monitoring of engine data, fuel consumption and other parameters to minimize downtime.

The new RB-M C will feature Rolls-Royce FF375S waterjets and marine transmissions from Pacific Power Group. This is the fifth NYPD RB-M C build by Vigor that has been powered by Pacific Power Group. The new RB-M C is scheduled to be delivered in November.

“We’re proud to utilize our propulsion system expertise to develop a complete custom solution for the NYPD. The combination of the Volvo Penta D13 engines and Rolls-Royce waterjets provides the newest response boat with superior maneuverability and the performance they need for their demanding missions,” said Pacific Power Group Vice President Bill Mossey.

“The D13 diesel platform is a proven workhorse for the most demanding commercial marine applications,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It also provides industry-leading fuel economy and meets rigorous EPA Tier 3 standards for low emissions.”

The RB-M C propulsion system features:

Volvo Penta D13-800 inboard diesel engine
800 hp at 2,300 rpm
Top speed estimated >40 knots
Rolls-Royce FF375S waterjets
Rolls-Royce Vector Stick steering
Volvo Penta electronic vessel dontrols (EVC)
Twin Disc MG5114SC marine transmissions

By Professional Mariner Staff