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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Potential Maritime Disaster Averted

Photo: TNPA

Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai, a 101 meter long general cargo vessel with 11 crew members on board, safely into the Port of East London on Friday, March 17, after she suffered engine failure en route from Durban to Lagos. One of TNPA’s new tugs – Shasa – which has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons…

MN100: Voith Turbo

(Image: Voith Turbo)

Voith Turbo specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of high performance driveline equipment. From drive components to electronic drive systems, technology from Voith Turbo impacts a wide variety of markets, including ship technology. Voith Turbo is a member of the Voith group of companies, a nearly 150-year-old German business that is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. The firm has annual sales $5,000,000,000 and has 20,000 employees. The Voith Water Tractor is the perfect vessel application when compact design…

Voith Turbo CEO Reinhardt Resigns

Carsten J. Reinhardt, President and CEO of Voith Turbo and member of the Corporate Management Board of Voith GmbH, has resigned Tuesday in order to pursue other interests, the company announced. Dr. Uwe Knotzer will become the new Chairman of the Board of Management of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG and member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH with immediate effect Dr. Knotzer has been on the Board of Management of Voith Paper since 2012, where he is in charge of the Products & Services business line.

Voith Marine Technology a Market Area of Voith Turbo

The business areas of Voith Schiffstechnik GmbH & C. KG have been incorporated into the Corporate Division “Power Transmission“ of Voith AG – Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG, Heidenheim. In future, the company will be trading under the name Voith Turbo Marine GmbH & Co. KG. Within the Corporate Division “Power Transmission“ Voith Turbo Marine GmbH & Co. KG stands as a separate Market Area “Marine“ among the established Market Areas Industry, Rail and Road. The Executive Vice Presidents of Voith Turbo Marine GmbH & Co. KG are Dr. Jens-Erk Bartels and Christoph W. Stegmaier. The integration of the business field “Marine Technology“ will result in a further expansion of our customer relations and provide us with an even better position as your partners for innovative propulsion systems.

Suez Canal Orders Ferries, Tractors

The Suez Canal Authority has ordered another 18 Voith Schneider Propellers from Voith Turbo. The propellers are of two different types of size 14 for ferries, as well as size 28 for Voith Water Tractors. The vessels are built by Port Said Shipyard in Port Said where they will also be put in operation. A total of three new Voith Water Trac¬tors will be fitted with VSPs size 28. Each of these Voith Water Tractors that will be used for marine assis¬tance and escorting ser¬vices in the 163-km-long Suez Canal has a bol¬lard pull of over 50 tons. Like the three Voith Water Tractors, the five double-ended ferries will be stationed in Port Said, Egypt’s sec¬ond largest harbor. Across the Suez Canal, ferry traffic is busy, especially between Egypt and Sinai.

Voith Turbo Shuttle Fitted with Robot

Voith Turbo Marine Engineering has developed the Voith Offshore Shuttle for wind parks. Installed in the shuttle’s bow is the new MOTS (Momac Offshore Transport System), whose swivel-arm robot was designed to transfer people and goods from vessel to vessel, or from vessel to offshore wind energy plant. Voith Turbo Marine constructed the shuttle in cooperation with Momac, a machine builder that manufactures special purpose machinery, including robot-assisted transfer systems. The Voith Offshore Shuttle’s robot has been fitted with a transport basket with a maximum capacity of 250 kg, and the system was designed to compensate vertical differential movements of up to 3.2 m. Voith’s shuttle also features a Voith Inline Thruster in the bow and two Voith Schneider Propellers in the stern.

Matthias Grawe to Head Business Division Industry

Matthias Grawe (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Matthias Grawe  took over at the helm of the Division Industry at Voith Turbo on March 1. The graduate engineer has been working for Voith Turbo for ten years, most recently as Head of the Product Group Variable-Speed Drives at the location Crailsheim. After studying process technology at Stuttgart University, followed by a study course in energy management at Grenoble University, Grawe gained international experience in a number of renowned companies. In 2000, he joined Voith as sales manager in the Product Group Variable-Speed Drives at Voith Turbo in Crailsheim…

Voith Bags Largest Marine Order to Date

Photo: Voith

In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country, marking the largest order in the history of Voith marine technology. The VWT will be built by South African Shipyards in Durban over the next 42 months. Eight of the tugs will be identical in construction with a length of 31 meters and a beam of 12.5 meters. Propelled by two Voith Schneider Propellers VSP 32R5/265-2 with a power of 2 x 2,650kW they will have a bollard pull of 70 tons.

Voith Gets Things Moving at Olympic Games

the Voith-Schneider propeller

London. 3,000 tubes, 1,500 double-decker busses, the Eurostar, the Javelin shuttle and several ferries on the Thames all have two things in common: they are all fitted with Voith technology and will ensure that millions of spectators and over 10,000 athletes get safely and soundly where they want to go during the Olympic Games. Voith drive technology as well as various technical services for numerous busses and trains will make a key contribution to smoothly running traffic systems operating around the Olympic Games over the next few weeks.

Transnet National Ports Authority Orders 9 Voith Water Tractors

Voith Water Tractor tugs are in operation worldwide

In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country. This is also the largest order in the history of Voith marine technology. The VWT will be built by South African Shipyards in Durban over the next 42 months. Eight of the tugs will be identical in construction with a length of 31 meters and a beam of 12.5 meters. Propelled by two Voith Schneider Propellers VSP 32R5/265-2 with a power of 2 x 2,650kW they will have a bollard pull of 70 tons.

Voith Turbo Acquires AIR

Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG has acquired the share majority in AIR Fertigung-Technologie GmbH & Co. KG based in Hohen-Luckow near Rostock. Voith Turbo has been participating in AIR, an enterprise founded in 1993 by employees of Rostock University, since 2005. With the beginning of the new business year 2007/2008, Voith Turbo has intensified its involvement in AIR, which is worldwide renowned for innovative drive solutions. AIR currently employs approximately 35 people. The core business of the future Voith Turbo AIR GmbH & Co. KG will remain unchanged after Voith Turbo's acquisition of the majority shareholding; namely the development and production of innovative ship drives on CFK-basis.

9 new Voith Water Tractors for safety at Mexican OTs

Voith Water Tractors

Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) invests in a modern tug fleet. Voith was awarded to supply the propulsion for nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) which are to enhance the safety of oil tankers entering and clearing port at several terminals as of 2016. During an extensive selection process, the vessels powered by two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) stood out with regard to their low susceptibility to debris. The Spanish Shipyard ARMON (Astilleros Armón) will provide the project with it’s own in-house design using VWT configuration…

Voith to Exhibit High Efficiency and DP Systems at SMM

Voith Inline Thruster

At this year’s SMM in Hamburg, Voith will showcase propulsion systems and vessel concepts focusing on high efficiency and dynamic positioning even under challenging conditions. In hall A4, booth 203, a Voith Schneider Propeller as well as the Voith Inline Thruster 850, which can also be used as a bow thruster, will be on display. The Voith Linear Jet, an electric control stand, and various ship models with Voith propulsion systems round off the trade stand presentation. Offshore exploration and energy generation are gaining in importance worldwide.

Tugboat Design Implementation Team Up

Tugboat RAVE Concept: Image credit Voith

Voith and Robert Allan sign a co-operation agreenent to implement new tug concept. Voith has teamed up with the well-known Canadian naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. to develop an escort tug design – the RAVE. While conventional Voith Water Tractors are equipped with two Voith Schneider Propellers located at the bow the RAVE (Robert Allan Voith Escort) Tug concept uses one Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) at the bow and one at the stern arranged along the center line, thereby allowing for better tug maneuverability.

Voith Taps Reinhardt as President & CEO

Carsten J. Reinhardt, Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

Carsten J. Reinhardt Becomes Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. Heidenheim, Germany June 14, 2012 – This is to announce the appointment of Carsten J. Reinhardt as Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and as President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. As of July 1, 2012, Reinhardt will succeed Dr. Hubert Lienhard who had held this function since January 1, 2012 in addition to his office as President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH.

New Head of Marine Business at Voith Turbo

Dr. Christian Strahberger

Dr. Christian Strahberger (40) will take over the responsibility for the Business Division Marine of Voith Turbo. After studying physics in Regensburg, Colorado (USA) and Munich, Strahberger obtained a doctorate at the Walter Schottky Institute of TU Munich in 2001. Prior to joining Voith AG he worked for seven years at Siemens Management Consulting (Siemens AG) in Munich as a Consultant and Project Manager of international industrial projects of Siemens AG. His activities focused mainly on sales optimization and restructuring.

Voith Vessel Propulsion Control System

At SMM in Hamburg, Voith displayed a functional model of the new vessel propulsion control system for Voith Schneider Propellers and Voith Radial Propellers. The new system is designed to offer various new electronic control and assistance features including faster actuation and more precise control of the propulsion systems, remote diagnostics via the internet and communication through a range of interfaces. The new control system will be supplied for the first time in the last quarter of 2012 and will be available as a series product from mid-2013 onwards.

Research Vessel Concept a First for Voith

Photo: Voith Turbo

The new fisheries research vessel of the Shanghai Ocean University will be a first for Voith in several respects. It is the first fisheries research vessel world-wide to use the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion concept. And it is the first offshore order Voith has received from a Chinese customer. With its two 28R5 ECS/234-2 Voith Schneider Propellers, the research vessel with a length of 81.6 meters and a beam of 14.2 meters reaches a maximum speed of approximately 15 knots.

Voith to Exhibit VWT Baut at SMM

At this year's SMM in Hamburg, Voith Turbo (Hall 5, Stand 212) will highlight the new Voith Water Tractor (VWT) Baut (pictured right) which has been put in service by Bukser og Berging A/S in Oslo. It is the fifth VWT of the Bukser fleet, but the first fitted with optimized blades. In addition to Baut, the largest ferry currently in service on Lake Constance will be shown, attracting attention by its unusual design. The company's R&D team will introduce the latest developments of the Voith Schneider Propeller. The new, modified blades and optimized kinematics improve the overall performance of the propeller. A new Voith Schneider Propeller generation has been created.

High-Performance Inline Thruster for Jackup Vessel

Image courtesy Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

A 430 ft long, 128 ft wide jackup vessel for the erection of wind power stations is being fitted with the currently most powerful Inline Thruster from Voith Turbo Advanced Propeller Technologies. The Inline Thruster is rated at 1,500 kW and has an inner propeller diameter of 2,300 millimeters. Voith is systematically expanding its Thruster series. The Voith Inline Thruster/Voith Inline Propulsor (VIT/VIP) series starts with type 240-10, which means: an inner propeller diameter of 240 millimeters at an output of 10 kW. Previously, the VIT/VIP 850-300 was the most powerful unit in this class.

Voith to Propel 70-ton Tug for the Port of Haifa

The Port of Haifa is one of the largest ports in Israel and a key hub for trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. The port handles over 20 million tons of goods a year. Four Voith Water Tractors ensure safe berthing of the container ships. On November, the tug fleet was enlarged by another Voith Water Tractor. With a bollard pull of 70 tons, the "Ilan" stands out from all other vessels. 30, 35 and 55 tons respectively. All vessels use the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion system. increase in capacity following the opening of the Carmel Terminal in 2014 led to the port authority ordering another Voith Water Tractor as a harbor tug. It is not only the enormous bollard pull of 70 tons that makes the "Ilan" stand out.

Voith Maintains Status Quo Despite Difficult Environment

Voith Water Tractor: Photo credit Voith

Voith Group reports on financial results at end of fiscal year year 2012 (ending September 30, 2012). The Voith Group has finished the fiscal year 2012 satisfactorily in a challenging market environment. The globally active family-owned company increased its Group sales by 2 percent to EUR 5.7 billion compared to the record value of the previous year. With EUR 5.7 billion, orders received were behind the excellent value of last year amounting to EUR 6.4 billion (-10 percent), which, among other things, was due to an extraordinarily high volume of major orders from the hydro power market.

Career Starters Begin Dual Studies Program at Voith

Photo: Voith

Press Release -- Twenty-nine young women and men are starting their dual studies program today at Voith in Heidenheim. Alternating between the company and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), 22 students will study the theory and practice of their respective subject areas over a three-year period. Ulm University is the partner for the seven students in the Ulm Model. They will earn two degrees in 4.5 years – a Bachelor of Engineering and a Skilled Worker’s Certificate from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

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