Volvo Penta drives Indian all-women naval crew to achieve global circumnavigation

Volvo Penta felicitates the All-women Indian Navy crew for their historic circumnavigation of the globe. Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group India (Eighth from Left) Miron Thoms, VP and Head of Volvo Penta India ( Seventh from Left) along with Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi (Ninth from Left). Other Volvo and Indian Navy officials also seen.
Volvo Penta, a division of global bus & truck giant Volvo, has powered the Indian Navy ship – The INSV Tarini that completed a circumnavigation of the globe with an All-women Indian Naval crew.

Volvo shared several interesting details on how its engines are achieving in marine applications too as it already achieved in bus, truck and construction equipment sector at the felicitation function arranged for the All-women Indian Naval crew in Goa.

The Swedish Volvo is largely known as bus and truck maker in India. But it also has a strong presence through its division Volvo Penta that has a manufacturing facility at Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh. It produces heavy-duty engines for buses, trucks, construction equipment,

Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, who led the all-women naval crew of the expedition ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ in the INSV Tarini, has also shared her experience with the Volvo Penta engine that drove the ship.

This expedition was the first ever Indian all-women crew to complete a circumnavigation of the globe.

This 8-month voyage led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi is a testament of their sheer determination and courage, Volvo Penta said.

The expedition had 6 legs to it and the INSV Tarini covered 21,000 nautical miles. The crew visited 5 countries, crossed the Equator twice, sailed across 4 continents, 3 oceans and passed south of the 3 Great Capes Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope.

Volvo Penta has a long history in the marine world and has accompanied the Volvo Ocean Race several times. With an experience of more than 100 years in marine segment the Volvo Penta D5 marine engine, powering the INSV Tarini, was the right choice – offering the best performance whether it be in routine or critical moments. The Volvo Penta D5 engine has a displacement of 4.8-liters and in-line 4 cylinder configuration.

Addressing the gathering, Miron Thoms, VP and Head of Volvo Penta India said, We are elated to be associated with this expedition. To power such an outstanding endeavor, we ensure that our engines are of superior quality and follow global marine safety standards. As an environmentally conscious organization, we not only have fuel efficient products but also promote the cleaning of our oceans. We hope to continue this association and lend our expertise to such exciting expeditions in the future.”

Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group India also said, “The Volvo Group along with the rest of India is extremely proud of the crew and what they have achieved through this historic & momentous voyage. The courage, determination & passion that the women sailors have displayed has the potential to light up a million dreams across India. At Volvo, we are really proud to have been able to play a role in this journey.  We are pleased to spread the news, including within our own Group – where women, diversity & inclusiveness are among the cornerstones of us being competitive in our own arena. Such events empower our cause even more.”


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