USCG approves Volvo Penta powered Willard SOLAS boat

MAY 30, 2014 — Anaheim, CA, headquartered Willard Marine, Inc.says that the U.S. Coast Guard has approved its Sea Force 670 SOLAS rescue boat with Volvo Penta diesel power.

Willard Marine also reported that it has received orders to deliver four of the new Volvo Penta powered boats to the U.S. Military Sealift Command, as well as one for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy training ship MV General Rudder.

The Coast Guard approval signifies that the Willard Marine rescue boat meets the standards established by Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations and by SOLAS convention.

The Volvo Penta 220-hp D3 engine in the new Sea Force 670 is a five-cylinder, four-stroke diesel-injected turbocharged aftercooled marine diesel engine that meets IMO Tier II NOx limits and U.S. EPA Tier 3 emission requirements. It is paired with a Hamilton water jet drive.

"The Coast Guard approval means we are now able to offer our customers a choice of power options with the 670 SOLAS boat," said Richard Bryson, Willard Marine director of engineering. "The Volvo Penta engine offers a proven track record of durability and reliable performance. In addition, Volvo Penta's network of more than 4,000 factory-trained dealers ensures technical and service support anywhere in the world – an important consideration for ships sailing global routes."

"The Volvo Penta SOLAS-approved D3 engine provides unmatched performance and longevity needed for this rescue boat application," said Marcia Kull, Volvo Penta vice president, marine sales for North America. "The Willard Marine Sea Force 670 with Volvo Penta power provides the maritime industry with a rugged, proven package that exceeds expectations."