Volvo Penta delivers engines to Canadian Coast Guard

The Coast Guard in Canada is replacing its patrol boats for fisheries inspection to a new and faster model. The Geliget *patrol boat, recently placed in service, is the second in a series of five boats. It is a 14.6-meter aluminum boat equipped with twin Volvo Penta D12 engines each producing 650 hp and connected to UltraJet water-jet drive units.
Volvo Penta’s latest 12-liter D12 marine diesel engines is becoming increasingly popular for marine commercial applications worldwide – including high-speed patrol boats.

The Canadian Coast Guard, which has been operating the TAMD 122 EDC predecessor in a patrol boat, has now selected the D12 for the rest of the boats in its new series of patrol boats.

“The new boats will be used first and foremost for controlling the important lobster fishing along Canada’s east coast, but will also be used for search and rescue and general law enforcement,” says Fred Lachlan, Volvo Penta Canada. “The Geliget is the second boat placed in service, the third is under construction and there is an option for two more.”

High speed
The new patrol boats represent a new approach to fisheries inspection operations. Previously, patrolling was carried out with a larger vessel, supplemented by smaller boats near shore in the skerries. Patrolling will now be carried out with the new, smaller boats with three crew members. Thanks to the high speed, they can cover a large area.

“The design specification was that the Geliget would have a top speed of 30 knots fully loaded, which it has, despite equipment being added during construction that increased the boats weight by nearly 2.5 tons,” relates Fred Lachlan. “The D12’s, with their high output and powerful torque, really push the total 24-ton boat along at top speed.” 

The fuel tanks hold slightly more than 2,200 liters, giving the Geliget a range of more than 500 nautical miles.

Simple installation
The new boats are built by ABCO Marine Group in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on the Canadian east coast. The shipyard specializes in aluminum boats.

“The shipyard is very satisfied with the simple installation of the engines. The EDC system, with its total electronic control system, does not require any mechanical control cables. It is based on electrical cables and plug-in contacts,” says Fred Lachlan.

Twin UltraJet 376 jet drives via ZF325 transmissions propel the boat. The water-jet drives ensure excellent maneuverability and high performance, while at the same time reducing the risk of damaging fishing equipment during patrolling.

The personnel on board have received two days of training in maintenance and service of the engines and drives. Other service is provided by Volvo Penta’s regular service dealer.

Strategically important
The order for engines to the Canadian Coast Guard is strategically important for Volvo Penta. Firstly, because the Coast Guard itself is a major customer with a large fleet of boats, but also because the Coast Guard is known for its high demands.

“We know that even the owners of fishing boats look to see what the Coast Guard selects for engines and we hope, of course, that this will increase our sales to them. We also hope that this will be a reference order to the US Coast Guard, which has similar operations on the other side of the border,” says Fred Lachlan.

*The name is a Mi’kmaq word that means "to protect, guard and watch over"

Technical Data

CCGC Geliget
Length 14.6 m
Beam 5.0 m
Draft 0.76 m
Displacement, full load 24 tons
Crew 3
Range 500 nautical miles

Propulsion: 2 x Volvo Penta D12-650, each with 650 hp at 2300 rpms, 2 x ZF325 transmissions and 2 x UltraJet 376 water-jet drives.

ABCO Marine Group, Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Canadian Coast Guard

For further information please contact Ann-Charlotte Emegård,  AB Volvo Penta, Phone: +46 31 668418,