Volvo Penta, Pacific Power supplying propulsion for Prince of Whales tour boat


(KENT, Wash.) — Pacific Power Group is powering a new custom-built vessel for whale watching with Volvo Penta engines, engine monitoring and throttle controls that will improve the experience for Prince of Whales passengers. 

PPG’s marine team is powering Salish Sea Dream with four Volvo Penta D13-700 inboard turbo diesel engines that will each supply 700 hp at 2,300 rpm, providing faster acceleration and better ability to maintain high top speed. This allows Prince of Whales to offer passengers greater whale-watching experiences, additional viewing opportunities and extended tours.

The vessel’s Volvo Penta engines also offer the Dream dependability, low weight and fuel consumption, lower operating costs and the reliability demanded for tour operations. The engines were also selected for their environmental benefits with low exhaust emissions, certified to EPA Tier 3 commercial marine and IMO II standards. Further environmental benefits are achieved with a longer engine oil change interval of 1,000 hours, reducing oil usage and waste oil management in addition to significant cost savings for the operator. Pacific Power Group also supplied Volvo Penta electronic vessel controls (EVC) and throttle controls to complement the propulsion system.

“The Volvo Penta commercial marine engine line has expanded our ability to meet the needs of the commercial market,” said Bill Mossey, vice president of Pacific Power Group. “With Volvo Penta D13 engines powering the Salish Sea Dream, Prince of Whales will see more uptime and greater reliability that will increase the profitability of their operations.”

Salish Sea Dream is currently under construction at Armstrong Marine’s Port Angeles, Wash., location. Pacific Power Group is a longtime partner of Armstrong Marine, who are ISO 9001-certified and trusted to provide high-quality aluminum boats and barges around the world. Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects designed the vessel which will hold up to 94 passengers and will be compact and maneuverable at 79 feet, allowing the boat to get close to shore for wildlife viewing. The Dream is expected to launch and be delivered in May 2016.

About Pacific Power Group

Pacific Power Group, a privately held organization headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., is a leading sales and service provider of new and remanufactured engines, marine power, power generation products and commercial trucks. Pacific currently operates four sales, service, and parts warehousing facilities with extended service in the Northwest. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff