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Thursday, January 7, 2021 

Schottel's Wismar plant has invented in a new crane system to help with speed and efficiency of production, replacing the current 40-plus year old system.

The system, worth around €500,000, incorporates two new double-girder overhead travelling cranes with a load bearing capacity of 50t each. This represents about 10 tonnes more load bearing capacity, which is needed for larger, longer and thus heavier products.

Subsidiary manager Dr Michael Potts said: “The Wismar subsidiary focuses on the development and assembly of propulsion units for special purpose vessels. Nowadays, these vessels are designed with larger dimensions and more power, which has an impact on the project planning for the propulsion units and their production. There has been an enormous change in this area over the past few decades. This acquisition makes us more efficient and is an investment to ensure our site remains competitive in the future. The current order situation confirms just that.”

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