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SCHOTTEL TO EXPAND RUSSIAN SERVICE OFFERING

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 

Schottel's Russian service company, OOO Schottel, is planning a new service centre for Saint Petersburg, the Board of Management of the German parent company having approved the acquisition of a 3,000m2 plot of land.

An administration building with repair workshop and warehouse site is to be planned and constructed within the next two years. Schottel says that OOO Schottel has established a strong market position by equipping a large number of inland waterways vessels with propulsion systems, especially in the cargo and passenger transport segments. The decision for a new service centre addresses the customer’s requirements in terms of thruster maintenance.

Sergey Chestny, GM OOO Schottel, said: “Our future facilities will provide our valued customers with the significant advantage of reduced transport time. Especially in case of larger repair works, we will be able to offer on-site assistance. Our plans involve a local stock of assembled big parts for module replacement. This warehouse stock will considerably facilitate and shorten the regularly required 5, 10 and 15-year class surveys.”

Support benefits are said to be increasingly key factors for customers choosing a Schottel propulsion system. The future facility’s portfolio will cover local content requirements as it will allow local assembly of units with components such as propellers and nozzles. OOO Schottel was founded in 2011 and has 11 employees. A team of four professional service engineers works on maintaining more than 400 vessels with Schottel thrusters as well as commissioning new units

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