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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

German propulsion company Schottel has secured a contract with Turkish shipyard Med Marine to provide azimuth thrusters for a new salvage tug ordered by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

It will be equipped with main and auxiliary propulsion systems from Schottel, achieving an expected bollard pull of more than 120 tonnes. The Robert Allan RAstar 4200 (MED-A42120) design vessel is considered the largest tugboat on the East African Coast of the Indian Ocean.

Recai Hakan Şen, CEO Med Marine, said: "The marine business is rapidly changing towards greater environmental awareness and improved operational efficiency. This new tugboat will reflect this change, thanks largely to Schottel’s proven and reliable propulsion solutions. It will truly represent the new generation of vessels, with vastly increased power."

The new vessel will be driven by two Schottel SRP 710 Rudderpropellers with an input power of 3,700kW each at an input speed of 1,000 rpm. The SRPs feature propellers measuring 3.4m in diameter. The azimuth thrusters will be powered by diesel engines. This thruster configuration will achieve an expected bollard pull of more than 120t. A hydraulically-driven Schottel STT 170 Transverse Thruster of 250kW will ensure maximum manoeuvrability.

This propulsion system will enable the tug to provide more efficient ship handling and coastal towing services. Measuring 42m in length and at a width of 16m, the salvage tug is equipped with extensive towing facilities, extinguishing monitors for firefighting, external bilge systems for leak detection, workshops, ship cranes and dinghies.

The vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2021, will be a vital addition to East Africa’s largest port of Mombasa. As part of the Kenya Ports Authority equipment modernisation and maintenance programme, it aims to improve efficiency at the port.

KPA is mandated to manage and operate the Port of Mombasa and all scheduled seaports along Kenya’s coastline. In addition, the Authority manages inland waterways as well as inland container depots. Mombasa is one of the busiest ports along the East African coastline.

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