Published 2018-07-02 00:00:00
Success of pilot vessels with Volvo Penta engines

Marine services company Bukser & Berging orders new pilot boats from manufacturer Kewatec AluBoat, following successful use of its initial vessels fitted with Volvo Penta’s premium D13-IPS900 propulsion packages.

Norwegian company Bukser & Berging provides a number of marine services, including the sea transportation of pilots to and from large vessels such as cruise liners, cargo ships and oil tankers in and out of the country’s main ports. Steering alongside the huge ships in all sea conditions, in order for pilots to embark and disembark safely, requires precision maneuvering and an accurate holding of position. Since the beginning of 2018, Bukser & Berging has been using four Pilot 1820 boats, supplied by Finnish manufacturer, Kewatec AluBoat. The pilot boats are equipped with twin Volvo Penta D13-IPS900 units – a premium propulsion package – and the successful use of the vessels has led Bukser & Berging to order two more of the boats.

“The pilot boats are used in all kinds of weather, from minus 30 degrees Celsius to plus 30 degrees, and have to face waves of up to eight meters,” says Sjur Jacobsen, fleet manager at Bukser & Berging. “Speed, safe maneuverability and stability are vital in all sea conditions. We have found the Pilot 1820 boats with Volvo Penta engines to provide excellent acceleration and top speed, good torque and maneuverability, and exceptional fuel efficiency and low emissions. It’s because of these characteristics that we’ve ordered two more boats to replace our older and less fuel efficient boats.”

Good collaboration
Bukser & Berging was founded in 1913 and is based in Lysaker, which borders Oslo. The company provides sea transportation of pilots on behalf of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (a governmental organisation) and its fleet needs to be available 24/7. It also provides harbour towage and ship escorts, salvage and emergency response – to incidents such as onboard fires and oil spills – and offshore support and marine contracting.

The current four Pilot 1820 boats are used in the ports and seas around Karmoy, Fedje, Floro and Tromso. The two new boats – to be delivered by the end of 2018 – will be used in Kristiansund and Sandnessjoen.

“We have had a lot of collaboration with Kewatec and Volvo Penta, and there is a very good relationship between us,” adds Jacobsen.

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