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Voith Water Tractors For Egypt

Posted on January 29, 2010

Voith Turbo Marine announced they will supply the propulsion components for four vessels being built for the port authorities of Alexandria and Damietta. The new vessels are designed to be equipped with two 28R5/234-2 Voith Schneider Propellers with a power output of 1920 kW each. In addition, Voith will deliver 1330 DTL turbo couplings as well as a SBG 140 bow tooth coupling for the vessels.

The VWT for the Alexandria port are identical in construction, measure 32 m in length, have a width of 11.5 m and a draught of 3.2 m. Their maximum speed is 13 knots. With their bollard pull of 55 tons, they are well equipped for their tasks both within the port as well as on the Suez Canal. Both VWT will be put into service in spring 2011. The northern Egyptian metropolis Alexandria with its population of 4 million is located directly on the western end of the Nile delta. Its port is among the most important trade ports in the region. Approximately 60% of all Egyptian imports and exports are handled here.

The port authority of Damietta, a city located a little further east in the Nile delta, close to Port Said, has also ordered two Voith Water Tractors from the Egyptian shipyard Timsah Shipbuilding. The Voith Turbo components VSP, bow tooth coupling and turbo coupling are identical on all vessels; however the Voith Water Tractors for Damietta differ in terms of their outer dimensions.

They are 35 m long, 11 m wide and, with 2.65 m, have a smaller draught. Both in terms of their maximum speed of 13 knots as well as in their bollard pull of 55 tons, they are identical to the port tugs for Alexandria. These two vessels will also be put into service in the port of Damietta in spring 2011

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