Nine new Voith Water Tractors cater for safety at Mexican oil terminals
PEMEX took the decision to select the new Voith Water Tractors after compiling several studies and holding talks with other customers such as the Panama Canal Authority. The Voith Schneider Propellers proved to be extremely robust. They had a positive effect throughout, both in terms of running costs and downtimes as well as regarding the handling of prevail-ing strong currents.
Construction of the vessels attracted attention in Mexico as it forms a sig-nificant contribution to the reactivation of the local shipbuilding industry. The tugs will be built in the shipyard “Astimar 20” operated by the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) in the pacific coast of Mexico.
The nine Voith Water Tractors will be identical in construction. They will have a length of 32.5 meters, a beam of 11 meters and will reach a maxi-mum speed of 13 knots. Eight of the Water Tractors will be equipped with two VSP 28R5/210-2 each and will have a power of 2 x 1,945kW. These tugs will have a bollard pull of 50 tons. Another tug is to reach a bollard pull of 60 tons and will be propelled by two VSP 30R5/250-2 with a total power of 4,800kW. The Voith scope of supply includes 18 VSP, 18 Turbo Cou-plings, 18 RENK couplings and nine control stands.
Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith GmbH, is a specialist for intel-ligent drive solutions. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, mining and mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles rely on advanced technolo-gies from Voith Turbo.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw ma-terials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith em-ploys more than 43 000 people, generates €5.7 billion in sales, oper-ates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.