Originally Posted by The Jackeens
Nice bit of tug video Alex. Were they trying to spring that tug onto the dock or just testing its strength?
(Reason I ask: I've done a few approaches like that myself)
(Given loadsa and a choice of boats, a deluxe fitted-out tug -none of your North Sea Boot Camp style outfits RW
- would be a strong choice for me
Or an ice breaker
That afternoon after I'd moved a few boats around the dock to make room for visiting trawlers, we had to check the hook was working on the back. One end of the line goes ashore, and the other attaches to the hook.... go to 80% power ahead (incase anyone wonders why, when towing, you're not supposed to goto 100% thrust on the voith, only when 'free-running'). When the thing is stable, pull a lever in the wheelhouse and the hook lets the tow go - it's quite critical if you're being pulled by a ship and something goes wrong.
I'd like to go on one of the new Rotor tugs - 3 pods, 2 in the bow and one at the stern where the skeg would normally go... it allows the tug to drive itself at speeds of upto 7 knots sideways
Ours is the only Voith tug on the haven - there used to be another just like ours at the RMAS depot, but that's been gone for years now.
Here's another video - http://videos.ribseadrive.co.uk/512k...02_10_05_small
berthing practice back in october.... also down into the engine room (nice turbo whistle). The engine is just over 300hp (but slightly bigger than the yanmar equiv
), the vid shows the flywheel and clutch as well.