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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

Ten new Damen-designed crab-catching vessels, to be built at different Russian yards for the Russian crab-catching companies Antey, Merlion and Aqvainvest, will be equipped with Schottel CP propellers.

Eight of the Damen CC 5712 vessels will be constructed at Nakhodka and a further two at Brothers Nobel shipyard. They are scheduled to enter operation from 2020 to 2024.

Ivan Mikhnov, president of Antey Group, said:  “For this project we were looking for a manufacturer with outstanding expertise and great experience. Choosing Schottel as a propulsion supplier was also an option due to its list of various references and wide service network.”

Each of the 57.7m long and 12.6m wide ice-class vessels will be equipped with one four-bladed Schottel SCP 774 Controllable Propeller featuring a diameter of 2.8m and driven by a diesel engine rated 1,620kW at 750 rpm. With this configuration, the vessels will achieve a free running speed of approximately 12 knots. For improved manoeuvrability, each new build will be provided with one 400kW Schottel STT 1 CP Transverse Thruster.

For crab catching, the vessel needs to be able to get back to the fishing ground fast and efficiently while being able to manoeuvre precisely to position and haul the crab pots. Furthermore, the crab-catching grounds are in remote areas with extremely harsh weather conditions, which demand robust and reliable equipment. The chosen Schottel package is claimed to meet these demands. 

Each SCP is optimally adapted to hydrodynamic conditions. In this way, operators benefit from a high degree of efficiency leading to lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption. In addition, the design of the SCP keeps maintenance requirements to a minimum to achieve a long service lifetime.

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