Voith Schneider to supply propellers for new Canadian ferry

13 January 2013 (Last Updated January 13th, 2013 18:30)

Voith Schneider has secured a contract to deliver three of its 18R5 EC/150-1 propellers for a new double-ended ferry being built by Canadian shipbuilder Waterbridge Steel.

Voith- Canadian double-ended ferry

Voith Schneider has secured a contract to deliver three of its 18R5 EC/150-1 propellers for a new double-ended ferry being built by Canadian shipbuilder Waterbridge Steel.

The vessel is being built at Waterbridge’s Nakusp shipyard on the Upper Arrow Lake under an order from the British Columbia Transportation Authority.

Two of the three Voith Schneider Propellers (VSPs) will be equipped diagonally in the vessel, while the third will be used as a spare.

Voith Schneider said that the robust stainless steel blades of the propellers will ensure reliable propulsion and smooth operation for the vessel, even during adverse weather conditions or when impacted by driftwood or ice.

Scheduled to be delivered in 2014, the new vessel will replace two ferries built in the 1960s and will be operated on the Upper Arrow Lake in British Columbia, Canada, to transport passengers and vehicles between Shelter Bay and Galena Bay.

"Two of the three Voith Schneider Propellers (VSPs) will be equipped diagonally in the vessel, while the third will be used as a spare."

The ferry will have a length of 97m, a width of 20m and will be capable of carrying 250 passengers and 80 cars for around 7,000 hours of operation a year.

Apart from the VSPs, Voith will also provide two turbo couplings and a propeller control system.

The couplings will ensure soft start up of the diesel engines and dampen any torsional vibrations, while the combination mode included into the control system will help in reducing fuel consumption and optimising propeller pitch and engine speed.


Image: The new 97m ferry will replace two ferries built in the 1960s and will be operated on the Upper Arrow Lake. Photo: courtesy of Voith.