Volvo Penta powers new aluminum transporter in British Columbia


(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Reliable performance was a prime prerequisite for the new transporter recently built for the Gitga’at First Nation community located in a remote region of northwest British Columbia.

That’s one of the main reasons why Volvo Penta diesels were specified for the new boat.

The new 55-foot aluminum transporter, built in the Adrenalin Marine shipyard in Delta, British Columbia, is powered by a pair of Volvo Penta 13-liter 700 hp diesels. The engines were supplied by Surrey-based Cullen Diesel Power Ltd., which also provided technical support for the installation.

The new transporter provides a critical lifeline to the remote Gitga’at village at Hartley Bay, which is only accessible by floatplane or water. It makes regular runs to deliver supplies and medicine to the isolated community, from Prince Rupert, 90 miles away, year-round under all weather conditions.

The Gitga’at community had good previous experience with the Volvo Penta engines in the patrol boats operated by the Gitga’at Guardians marine conservation program. They are supported by the Volvo Penta dealer Bridgeview Marine in Prince Rupert.

The Gitga’at territory encompasses roughly 7,500 km of land and water, including the home community at Hartley Bay and several outlying seasonal sites used for traditional fishing and hunting.

“The Volvo Penta diesels are real workhorses,” said Peter Mitchell, president of Adrenalin Marine. “It was a tight fit for the engine space, but the installation went smoothly thanks to excellent support from Cullen Diesel Power. The Gitga’at people are pleased with the performance they’re getting from the engines in terms of power, reliability and fuel efficiency.”

“Dealers like Cullen Diesel Power and Bridgeview Marine are important keys to our ability to provide dependable and efficient waterborne transportation solutions for customers like the remote Gitga’at community,” said Dave Brown, director of marine commercial for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

By Professional Mariner Staff