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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Schottel EcoPellers will propel a new fishery inspection vessel which has been ordered by the state-run Danish Fisheries Agency from Hvide Sande Shipyard.

The new vessel will be driven by two Schottel type SRE 360 CP 1,500 kW  EcoPellers featuring a propeller diameter of 2.3m, driven by electric motors. The thrusters allow economical operation at a free running speed of 17.5 knots. Additionally, a Schottel Rim Thruster will provide maximum manoeuvrability and ensure low noise levels.

The SRE features high overall propulsion efficiency and course-keeping stability, low fuel consumption, with reduced operating costs and emissions.

The 64m, 11m wide, newbuild will be equipped to deal with future control challenges and to meet stringent environmental and emissions requirements (Tier III). Accordingly, the main propulsion units feature the patented, DNV-GL type-approved Schottel LeaCon sealing system. This non-oil-to-water seal prevents water from entering the gearbox and, more importantly, oil from escaping into the seawater.

The new vessel will be equipped with a SRT 1000 315 kW Rim Thruster at the bow. The rim thruster is a quiet, space- and weight-saving thruster that converts electric power directly into propulsion. The SRT is eco-friendly, as it operates without oil-based consumables. Instead, the bearings are lubricated by water.

Besides its main purpose as fishery inspection vessel for the North Sea and Skagerrak area, the new vessel is designed to meet future inspection challenges, for example for the operation of large drones. It will be able to provide service functions, such as emergency towing assistance, salvage operations, and surveys. It is expected for delivery by summer 2022 and will replace the existing MV Vestkysten which has been in operation since 1987.

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