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Dunters Voith Units

Sullom Voe tug Dunters Voith Units

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Usefull photos as I have just started building a model of the Tug Parat which has true scale Voith Units propulsion system -- In fact the hull looks the same.
Dave
 

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Nice piccy, Errol.
 

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Thanks guys :)

I have a few more if needed showing more of the hull form!
 

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Yes please, Errol.
 

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Its a pretty flag, do you know what it is - I've never seen it before !!!! These computer hackers :)

And only if i am grassed up do you not think?

Anyway, who is this, I see no give away in your profile?
 

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OK chaps, (& C.E.D.), I'm completely baffled by this picture. What is a "Voith Unit" and how does it work please? Also, what's the advantage over more conventional propulsion systems? It certainly seems to add significantly to the vessels draught. Forgive my ignorance, I never really got beyond propellors!
Thanks in advance,
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Hi Alastair

The voith unit makes for a highly manoeuvrable and safe tug, but yes they do have big bellys and they are a bit inefficient in the engine power to bollard pull ratio, but again, they do make great tugs to handle.

Have a look here for how they work, as it could and would take pages to explain and anyway I am not exactly 100% clear myself.

Errol
 

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Errol, thanks for the information and the link. I've had a first read and down loaded the whole do***ent as more study is definately required! I am beginning to get an inkling and can see that it makes the vessel incredibly manouverable. I can also see why a fair bit of engine pwer is lost in the drive train, complicated beast. Are they reliable? In any event a very interesting concept.
Thanks again,
Alastair
 

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