Voith Linear Jet Receives Positive Results!
Posted on: 23/06/2016

After a years’ worth of tests, the Voith Turbo returned to Seawork International with positive news about its Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) after its trial with Turbine Transfer’s vessel, Trearddur Bay. Voith Turbo’s marine engineers have concluded that the VLJ is now a proven product for crew transfer vessels working on offshore wind farms following its installation on the support catamaran.

The VLJ was launched at Seawork last year, and uses conventional screw propellers and water jets. It is designed to be assembled semi-integrated into the hull providing benefits of reduced draught, acoustic shielding and reduced pressure pulses. Key benefits include its aim to provide lower fuel burn than vessels with water jets or propellers.

Mark Harvey, Voith Turbo’s marine manager, said: “The VLJ cannot only save owners and operators £75,000 in a season but it can also produce better transit speed, more bollard pull, more thrust and less noise and vibration.” He explained that the VLJ was safer as power is reserved as compared to a water jet which would have nothing left.

“The inspections showed almost no marine growth, no measurable wear on bearings, no “blade” tip wear, no damage to the leading edge, and no corrosion,” Mr Harvey continued.

The data recorded was hugely positive for Voith Turbo, with results of less engine wear and less fuel being used. With most of the components are designed to last the life of the vessel, it makes the VLJ a reliable jet to use.

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