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Wednesday, October 27, 2021 

Schottel has been awarded a contract from Master Boat Builders, of Alabama, US, for the supply of four rudder propellers for two newly built tugs of the US-based operator Suderman & Young Towing Company (S&Y).

Additionally, the tugs will feature MariHub, Schottel's IoT Gateway and monitoring solution, which collects, analyses and transfers signals from sensors, machinery and other ship equipment to an onshore cloud server. With MariHub, owners benefit from data-driven services such as performance evaluations and on-board high-speed data processing for real-time condition analysis. With the condition monitoring service ProCMS, MariHub allows for early detection of irregularities in the drive train. This predictive maintenance approach is said to significantly increase the availability of vessels, while reducing maintenance costs and improving maintenance planning.

Each of the 26m long Robert Allan RApport 2600-design tugs will be propelled by two 1650kW diesel-driven Schottel SRP 430 RudderPropellers with a propeller diameter of 2.2m, which will enable the vessels to achieve a bollard pull of about 52 tonnes. 

Kirk Jackson, President, S&Y, said: “We have used Schottel propulsion units in our tugs for many years. Schottel’s excellent products and service have proven themselves time and time again. We are excited to welcome these new RApport 2600 tugs to our fleet. The use of Schottel RudderPropellers and MariHub highlights our continued commitment to provide the best available equipment to serve our customers’ growing requirements.”

Expected delivery dates for the first tug is October 2022 and April 2023 for the second tug.

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