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Success of Charter Business Rides on D6s

By Western Branch Diesel on April 2, 2020 at 5:12 PM

“The engines are running awesome. With or without a load, we’re burning three gallons of fuel per hour, cruising at 16–17 mph,” says John Tibbels, owner and captain at Tibbels Fishing Charter Service, a family-owned company started by his grandfather and great uncle in 1921.

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Sea Creature Comes to Life with Volvo Penta D13s

By Western Branch Diesel on January 17, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Your engines are smoking. “Not exactly the words any boat captain wants to hear,” says Steve “Creature” Coulter, captain of Sea Creature, in Hatteras Village, NC. “I knew about the problem, and replaced the turbos, but the engines were still smoking. After realizing the injectors were bad and the engines needed to be rebuilt, I found out that I couldn’t get parts for my old engines. So, I began to look at new engines for the boat.”

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Mission-Critical Work Driven by D11s

By Western Branch Diesel on December 10, 2019 at 1:16 PM

Coming alongside and boarding a 150,000-ton coal collier on open water is not easy. Matt Hardison, operations manager and captain for Paradise Point Marine, who operates Paradise Creek, a launch boat with newly installed, twin Volvo Penta D11 510-horsepower engines, accomplishes this task with relative ease.

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Fuel Efficiency, Low Noise

By Volvo Penta on May 10, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Miss Anne, a tug built in the 1950s, has been repowered with twin Volvo Penta D16C-MH
engines. The repower project began in June 2015 when Bill Magann, president, W.F. Magann Corp., approached Western Branch Diesel in Portsmouth, Virginia, about re-energizing Miss Anne.

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