Towing winches

Brusselle has built up an international reputation for the high-quality design and construction of its heavy-duty towing winches.

We provide anchor-handling and towing winches, single and multi-drums in line and waterfall types. These winches can be electric-, hydraulic-driven or driven by diesel engine for pulling forces up to 4.000 kN, mostly made to order. (see also anchor-handling winches)

Tugs are used to assist ships or pontoons to moor or to move through the harbour or open sea. The towing winch will transfer power between the tug and the load and control the distance between the tug and the load.

The cables used for towing have a specific stretch and cable break. A towing winch is designed in that way that the cable can break without permanent damage to the winch. Suddenly recurring tension in the cable can cause cable breakage; therefore, it is important that the cable between the load and the tug does not go slack.

'Let go' is the most important function on board of a tugboat and serves to disconnect the load from the ship in case of emergency.

The vessels requirements determine the winch characteristics. The towing winch is delivered with a Class Certificate which confirms the capacity and speed are conform to class requirements.


Harbour towage and sea towage

Harbour towage requires a different winch than sea towage, which involves greater distances between the tug and the load and therefore requires a cable with less stretching. Towing at sea will involve more use of the brake (greater forces possible and lower energy consumption).

For harbour towage, high-stretch cables are used to compensate small influences and often the customer will opt for a control system with constant tensioning.

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