January 29 2010
Egyptian ports order Voith Water Taxis
Two Egyptian port authorities have each ordered two Voith Water Tractors. They are under construction in two local shipyards with Voith Turbo Marine supplying the propulsion components for the four vessels.
The port authority of Alexandria, which handles around 60 percent of all Egyptian imports and exports, has ordered two water tractors at the Egyptian Shipbuilding and Repair shipyard, while the port authority of Damietta, located a little further east in the Nile delta, close to Port Said, has ordered two from Timsah Shipbuilding.
The new vessels for Alexandria 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 an SBG 140 bow tooth coupling for the vessels. The two Alexandra water tractors are identical in construction, measure 32 m in length, have a width of 11.5 m and a draft 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. They are set to enter service in spring 2011.
The water tractors for Damietta have the same Voith Turbo supplied equipment as the pair ordered by Alexandria and deliver the same bollard pull and speed. However, they differ in terms of their outer dimensions. They are 35 m long, 11 m wide and have a smaller draft, 2.65 m. These two vessels will also be put into service in spring 2011.