Volvo Penta has been appointed the supplier of diesel engines to 22 passenger ferries being built for the World Expo in Shanghai, China next year.
“This is a prestigious order for Volvo Penta,” says Giorgio Paris, Head of Volvo Penta in Asia. “Volvo Penta's engines achieve considerable environmental advantages and this is exactly what the organizers were looking for.”
The World Expo imposed high environmental demands in conjunction with the evaluation of the engines that will power the new passenger ferries. The seven-liter D7C TA Volvo Penta engine was selected. Each ferry will be equipped with two Volvo Penta D7 diesel engines and will have a cruising speed of about 8 knots
The 2010 World Expo is expected to attract millions of visitors to Shanghai from May to October. The 500-passenger capacity ferries will transport hundreds of thousands of passengers along the Huangpu River during the five months of the World Expo.
At the conclusion of the World Expo, the 22 passenger ferries will be deployed as part of the City of Shanghai's regular public transportation system on the Huangpu River.