Voith propulsion for Canadian ferry
The ferry will operate on the Upper Arrow Lake in British Columbia, Canada
Germany’s Voith Schneider has been awarded a contract to supply three of its 18R5 EC/150-1 propellers for a new double-ended ferry being built by Canadian shipbuilder, Waterbridge Steel Inc.
Voith’s propellers will be installed on a new double-ended ferry currently being built at Waterbridge’s Nakusp shipyard on the Upper Arrow Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Two of the three propellers will be installed diagonally and the third will be used as a spare.
The robust stainless steel blades of the propellers will ensure reliable propulsion and smooth operation for the ferry, even during adverse weather conditions or when impacted by driftwood debris or ice.
The company will also supply two turbo couplings as well as a propeller control system. The couplings will ensure soft start up of the diesel engines and dampen any torsional vibrations, while reducing fuel consumption and optimising propeller pitch and engine speed.
The 97m vessel, which will replace two ferries built in the 1960s, will operate on the Upper Arrow Lake and will be used to transport passengers and vehicles between Shelter Bay and Galena Bay.
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