VOLVO PENTA’S ASSISTED DOCKING AWARDED – installed on new Absolute Navetta 58 arriving soon in NZ

Volvo Penta’s commitment to easy boating innovation has been awarded an IBEX Innovation Award. 

Volvo Penta has been presented with an Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) for the company’s breakthrough Assisted Docking system.

Volvo Penta Assisted Docking, the next generation of marine automation, allows the captain to defy the elements by removing the dynamics of wind and current while manoeuvering in tight spaces, enabling safe and easy boat docking, even in challenging conditions. The Innovation Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious honours, and a panel of experienced boating journalists competitively selects winners.

BWI judge Zuzana Prochaska said, “The IBEX Innovation Awards’ judges found that Volvo Penta’s much-awaited Assisted Docking addresses the highest hurdle in boating, and that’s being able to dock safely. It takes the anxiety out of the process and is so easy, you may find yourself docking just for fun. Combining high-precision GPS with DPS slows the decision-making process and lets drivers evaluate their choices at critical moments.”

“Being recognised as one of the most innovative companies again this year and adding another Innovation Award to our long list of industry firsts is a true honour and testament to our company’s dedication to pushing the industry forward in pursuit of a better boating experience,” said Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta Americas.

The first boat in New Zealand to have this docking system installed is the stunning Absolute Navetta 58, arriving soon.