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Schottel propulsion systems for nine more Russian cargo vessels


SchottelSchottel has delivered propulsion units for nine more newly built cargo vessels. Each of the carriers, designed by the Russian company Marine Engineering Bureau, 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 RudderPropellers type SRP 340, each with an input power of 1,200KW at 1,000rpm. 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. This equates to more than a hundred installed rudder propellers. The vast majority of the dry cargo vessels also use Schottel TransverseThrusters to achieve maximum manoeuvrability. The 141m long and 16.9m wide vessels each have a capacity of 11,200m3 as well as 7,445DWT at sea (draught 4.5m) and 5,112DWT tonnage in rivers (draught 3.6m). Moreover, the new vessels are characterized by a particularly 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 this year.