Schottel launches medium-size azimuth thrusters
German propulsion specialist Schottel is launching a range of medium-size azimuth thrusters. With the M-series, Schottel expects to meet the different challenges of shifted engine power classes, updated ice class rules and an ever-increasing number of electric or hybrid-driven vessels.
The M-series consists of several rudder propeller sizes covering a power range of 400 to 1,000 kW. The first M-series azimuth thruster propulsion units have already been delivered, the company noted. All sizes are equipped with a powerful planetary steering gear.
The azimuth modules are available for Z-drives, L-drives and ZY-hybrid drives, making them suitable for horizontal electric, vertical electric or combined direct engine plus horizontal electric motor connection. The company notes that the M-series is compatible with hybrid solutions, such as SCHOTTEL SYDRIVE.
Standard and compact variants
The rudder propeller is available in both standard variable propeller arm length and compact minimized variants.
The compact installation variants (LC for L-drives, ZC for Z-drives) open up new scope and greater design freedom for ship designers, while leaving more space for other equipment. Both the standard and the compact variant can be bolted, welded or resiliently mounted on vessels.
Different propulsion modules
Two different propulsion modules ensure that the M-series can be used for multiple operation profiles. The Schottel Rudderpropeller (SRP) offers high bollard pull and maximum propulsion efficiency for vessels with medium speeds. The Schottel EcoPeller (SRE) ensures higher propeller performance when it comes to overall efficiency and course stability in more demanding applications and when running at higher service speeds. The SRE reduces both fuel consumption and emissions and thereby leads to lower operating costs.
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