Voith Receives Orders For Four Water Tractors

The West German firm of J.M.

Voith GmbH recently announced that British shipowners Tees Towing Co., Ltd. of Middlesborough ordered two Voith water tractors from the Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd.


The 98-foot-long by 32-foot-wide tractors will be propelled by two size 28 G 11/185 Voith-Schneider propellers connected through hydraulic couplings to one Ruston diesel engine each type 6 RK 270 developing 1,270 kw at 750 rev/min.

To be able to fully utilize the flexible ship-handling capability of the Voith water tractor, the new vessels will be fitted with towing winches.

These are useful for rapidly varying the length of the towline and adapting it to suit the space conditions in open water or in a lock. Operation is designed so that no members of the crew need to stay on the aft working deck during the towing operation.

Also announced was an order for two Voith water tractors by the Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

The 103-foot-long by 36-foot-wide vessels are currently under construction at the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation in Keelung, Taiwan.

Each tractor will be equipped with two size 28 G 11/185 Voith- Schneider propellers driven through hydraulic couplings by one Stork- Werkspoor diesel engine each with a MCR power of 1,250 kw at 1,000 rev/min.

The vessels will be fitted with powerful firefighting equipment, with the water pumps being driven through a PTO from the main engines.

In addition, the tractors are designed so that they can also be used for small supply duties.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 58,  Feb 1989

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