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Thursday, February 11, 2021 

Schottel of Germany has delivered propulsion units for nine more newly built cargo vessels, each of which is designed by the Russian company Marine Engineering Bureau, and is equipped with two rudder propellers from the German propulsion expert.

The main propulsion of the multipurpose dry cargo vessels consists of a pair of diesel-driven Schottel SRP 340 RudderPropellers, each with an input power of 1,200kW at 1,000 rpm. With this thruster configuration, the vessels reach a free sailing speed of approximately 10 knots.

Including this order, more than 50 carriers of the RSD 32 and RSD 59 series are driven by Schottel propulsion systems, equalling over 100 installed rudder propellers. The vast majority of the dry cargo vessels also use Schottel transverse thrusters to achieve maximum manoeuvrability.

The 141m long and 16.9m wide vessels each have a capacity of 11,200m3 equivalent to 7,445 dwt at 4.5m at sea or 5,112 dwt at 3.6m river draught. The new vessels are characterised by a high block coefficient, ensuring the best combination of speed, load capacity and required propulsive power.

Each of the dry cargo vessels has two cargo holds, intended for the carriage of general container cargo, timber, grain, oversize cargo and dangerous goods. The carriers transport dry cargo over Russian rivers (such as the Volga and the Don) as well as the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas. The series is set to be completed later in 2021.

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