July 23, 2009
Voith unveils concept design for multipurpose tug
Voith Water Tractors are known the world over. Now, Voith Turbo Marine Engineering, Rostock, Germany, is expanding its portfolio with a recently unveiled a concept design for a multipurpose tug with a 70-ton bollard pull and plans for a large powerful vessel called a Voith Power Tractor that could have up to 150 tons bollard pull.
"The trend in ship design is increasingly pointing towards systems solutions," says Stefan Moye, Voith Turbo Engineering CEO. "And this is exactly what we are offering to our customers."
The new design will be fitted with two Voith Schneider Propeller 32R5/265-2 units. The multipurpose water tractor tug displaces 1,100 tons, has a length of 34.6 m, beam of 12.8 m, speed of 13.5 knots and, because of its raised bow, is suitable for open-ocean operation.
Details are scarce for the Voith Power Tractor, which will be offered in lengths of excess of 50 m with increased transit speeds.