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Fleet & Vessel Optimization
opportunities for Volvo Penta in the commercial marine sector. Our D16 engines, in particular, are designed specif- ically to meet the needs of heavy-duty displacement com- mercial vessels. In large measure, our success in the Gulf
Coast workboat market is attributable to the great team at
Allemand Industries, who provided outstanding technical support in specifying, installing, testing and fi ne-tuning the engines and controls.”
For its part, Allemand Industries has been dedicated to the marine and industrial engine service-and-repair business for the last 30 years. Established in 1981 by the Allemand family, the fi rm maintains deep and long lasting business re- lationship with their customers. As a Power Center for Vol- vo Penta marine commercial engines, Allemand supports the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, as well as the Gulf Coast and Red River Valley areas of Texas.
David LeBlanc, product manager at Allemand, said, “The D16 engines are ideally suited for pushboats because their low-end torque enables the vessel to start pushing when the RPM reaches 1,100. The result is good momen- tum from the start at a lower RPM and better fuel econ- omy. The D16 is the only marine engine in its class with this unique torque curve.”
The D16 is an inline six-cylinder with Volvo Penta’s
Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) technology. The engine features a robust block with ladder frame, high-pressure unit injector system, four valves per cylinder, twin-entry turbo and charge air cooler. The heat exchanger is designed for reduced charge-air cooling temperature, which in com- bination with the injection system and Engine Manage- ment System further improves performance and drivabil- ity. According to Volvo Penta, this results in a very smooth running engine with world-class performance, low fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
Repeat Business, Proven Performance
As a result of the positive experience with Volvo Penta engine packages supplied by Allemand Industries, the same operator decided to retrofi t a second vessel, M/V Shelley (pictured on previous page), with the same D16 engine packages. Beyond this, Allemand reports that the customer is looking at other vessels in the fl eet to repower, as well.
Originally built in 1980, M/V Shelley is a 60 foot LOA, 26 foot beam workboat that draws 9.5 feet in draft. Alle- mand Industries removed the two existing Diesels, and in- stalled two Volvo Penta D16C-CMH engines, with Twin
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