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New Vessel Concept from Voith

Posted on August 13, 2009

Advanced ship concepts are being presented by Voith, who is working alongside its recently-formed Voith Turbo Marine Engineering company based in Rostock, Germany. One of their latest offerings is a concept design for a multi-purpose tug with a bollard pull of 70 tons. Also ongoing, is a new ship concept, the proposed Voith Power Tractor (VPT), which could be capable of a bollard pull of at least 150 tons.

Although Voith is better known for making propulsion systems for ferries and for its Voith Water Tractors (VWT), the company said its range of activities has now been significantly expanded. “The trend in ship design is increasingly pointing towards systems solutions. And this is exactly what we are offering to our customers,” said Stefan Moyé, chief executive officer of Voith Turbo Marine Engineering

Fitted with two type 32R5/265-2 Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP), the new 70-ton bollard pull water tractor displaces 1100 tons and has an external fire-fighting system. It is 34.6 m long, 12.8 m wide and is capable of a maximum speed of 13.5 knots. Thanks to a raised bow, the newly concepted VWT is also suitable for open-sea operation, Voith said. “The VWT 70 belongs to the T-Class and has been developed for operating not just as a classic harbor tug but also as a multi-purpose water tractor,” added Moyé.

There is no concept design yet for the new Voith Power Tractor but the company said it will feature two VSP and that despite its length of over 50 meters will be capable of significantly increased speeds.

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