Volvo Penta Powers Tour Boats in Beagle Channel
The company, Los Yámanas S.A. – who offers sea excursions in the Beagle Channel – is using Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) to power two of their tour boats.
Tours start from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego – an island at the southern tip of South America. It’s long been known as the southernmost city on Earth and is one of Argentina’s top destinations. Passengers can expect to have a taste of the wild, including a trip to see the penguin colony at Martillo Island and take in the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia.
As one of the main tourist companies in the city – and one of the oldest – Los Yámanas prides itself on maintaining the safest and most comfortable standards for its 120 – 140 thousand annual passengers. The company offers up to three tours per day. “We have a fleet of four boats,” says Moreno, “with capacities of up to 170 passengers. All are powered by Volvo Penta, with two of our catamarans powered by Volvo Penta IPS 900 packages, rating 3.”
Operators have control even in demanding sea conditions thanks to Volvo Penta IPS’s unique design. The system has forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers that sit below the hull for incredible ‘grip’ of the water – maximizing control.
Volvo Penta IPS also reduces noise and vibration levels by up to 50 percent which is important when operating in marine mammal habitats. Low noise and vibration also mean that passengers have a more comfortable experience and can feel even closer to the stunning nature.