TLT Divisional News – New port tugs

New port tugs


New port tugs again to be powered by MAN engines supplied by ACTOM

ACTOM Mechanical Equipment (formerly Alstom Mechanical Equipment) has once again been awarded a contract for manufacture and supply of high performance main propulsion diesel engines for new tugs required by the National Port Authority (NPA).

The company, the local agents for leading international diesel engine manufacturers MAN Diesel, has supplied the engines for all new tugs acquired by the NPA in recent years for deployment at various South African ports, either as replacements for older tugs or for expansion of the fleet.

The latest order, placed by Durban-based shipbuilders Southern African Shipyards, the company contracted to build and supply the Voith Schneider tugs, is for four engines, each with a power output of 2640 kWb at 800 RPM for two new tugs.

The engines will be of the same size and power as those supplied for three tugs earmarked for the port of Coega, each with a bollard pull of 70 tonnes, that formed part of the NPA’s previous order in mid-2007 for a total of five tugs.

The ports at which the tugs in the latest order are to be deployed have not been identified as yet. The engines order was awarded to ACTOM Mechanical Equipment late last year, with the first set of two scheduled to be supplied at the end of September this year and the second set at the end of November.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is a black empowered electrical engineering company that employs over 6 000 people and has an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It has 27 operating units, 22 production facilities and 25 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Areva T&D in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Areva T&D business units in Europe.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.
For further information contact Fred van Hulten, ACTOM Mechanical Equipment
PO Box 1300, Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 871-6789 Fax (011) 871-6677

Date:  May 10, 2010

Caption:  A view of the two MAN diesel engines powering one of two tugs recently supplied for deployment at Coega port. A third tug for Coega and two smaller tugs for Durban are due to be supplied later this year.