ANAHEIM, Calif., – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for more than 50 years, today announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has approved its SEA FORCE® 670 SOLAS rescue boat with Volvo Penta diesel power.
Willard Marine also announced 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 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty and Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations.
The new SEA FORCE 670 model uses a Volvo Penta 220-hp D3 engine, paired with a Hamilton water jet drive. The D3 is a five-cylinder, four-stroke diesel-injected turbocharged aftercooled marine diesel engine. It meets IMO Tier 2 NOx limits and U.S. EPA Tier 3 emission requirements.
“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.”