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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

Schottel has delivered the main propulsion units for a recently-launched electric 42m ferry to Netherlands-based Holland Shipyards Group.

The ferry, Sandøy, is the first fully electric ferry for the Norwegian operator Brevik Fergeselskap and is equipped with two Schottel RudderPropellers. It will operate within the waters of Eidangerfjorden, south-eastern Norway, and will connect Brevik with Sandøya and Bjørkøya.

Marco Hoogendoorn, Commercial Director, Holland Shipyards Group, said: “We have gained profound experience with hybrid and purely electrically powered vessels. Every vessel is unique and has its own requirements. We are pleased to work with trustworthy partners, like Schottel, that provide us with high quality equipment, which meets the standards we set as a yard.”

The main propulsion of Sandøy consists of two 375kW Schottel SRP 150 L RudderPropellers driven by high-efficiency PEM motors. The thrusters are designed for heavy duty operation and are equipped with frequency-controlled planetary steering gear and spur wheel steering. The azimuth thrusters feature a propeller diameter of 1.2m and the Schottel VarioDuct SDV45 high-efficiency nozzle, which allows the vessel to hold its position in extremely strong lateral winds and to sail freely in a high efficiency range. Designed by Holland Shipyards Group, the new vessel will be completely emission-free and entirely powered by batteries (1300 kWh).

The 42m long and 11m wide vessel will be able to accommodate up to 98 passengers and 16 cars. It is scheduled to enter service in 2021.

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