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SCHOTTEL PROPULSION CHOSEN FOR ITALIAN LNG BUNKER VESSEL

SCHOTTEL PROPULSION CHOSEN FOR ITALIAN LNG BUNKER VESSEL

Thursday, January 13, 2022 

German propulsion company Schottel has been selected to supply main and auxiliary propulsion systems for an 8,000m3 LNG bunkering vessel, currently under construction at the Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard in China.

This is the first LNG bunkering vessel ordered by Italy-based shipping group Fratelli Cosulich. After delivery in summer 2023, the 5,300 dwt-vessel is intended to serve customers in the Mediterranean region.

Andrea Cosulich, President, Fratelli Cosulich LNG, said: “Developing the LNG infrastructure is a key area for us, and we are very pleased that Schottel is supporting us with the delivery of high efficiency propulsion systems in this project. We are convinced that their experience and competence will enable secure, reliable and optimised vessel operations.”

The main propulsion of the LNG bunkering vessel consists of two diesel-driven Schottel SRE 360 EcoPellers, with a propeller diameter of 2.3m. In addition, two Schottel STT 1CP Transverse Thrusters will be installed in order to ensure maximum manoeuvrability in port areas. With this thruster configuration, the 113m long and 20m wide vessel will achieve a free sailing speed of 13 knots.

Thanks to the combination of powerful propeller thrust and course-stabilising fin, the Schottel EcoPeller's hydrodynamically optimised design allows the EcoPeller to produce maximum steering forces and enables good overall efficiency and course stability. This reduces fuel consumption and ensures lower operating costs and reduced emissions.

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