Sustainable all-rounder: SCHOTTEL EcoPeller to be installed in inspection vessel for the first time

The new vessel will operate as fishery inspection vessel in the North Sea and Skagerrak area (Photo Credit: OSK-ShipTech)

SCHOTTEL's highly efficient EcoPellers will propel a new fishery inspection vessel ordered by the governmental Danish Fisheries Agency and under construction at Hvide Sande Shipyard. Beyond this, one SCHOTTEL Rim Thruster will provide maximum manoeuvrability and ensure lowest noise levels at the same time.

High efficiency, low operating costs
The new vessel will be driven by two SCHOTTEL EcoPellers type SRE 360 CP (1,500 kW each) featuring a propeller diameter of 2.3 metres. Latter ones will be driven by electric motors. The thrusters allow economical operation of the newly built vessel at a free running speed of 17.5 knots.

Thanks to the SRE's outstanding overall propulsion efficiency and course-keeping stability, it is characterized by low fuel consumption, resulting in reduced operating costs and reduced emissions.

Meeting stringent environmental and emissions requirements
The 64-metre long and 11-metre wide newbuild will be equipped to deal with future control challenges and to meet stringent environmental and emissions requirements (Tier III). Accordingly, the main propulsion units feature the DNV-GL type-approved SCHOTTEL LeaCon sealing system. This non-oil-to-water seal prevents water from entering the gearbox and, more importantly, oil from escaping into the seawater.

Electric manoeuvring
To further enhance manoeuvrability, the new vessel will be equipped with one SCHOTTEL RimThruster type SRT 1000 (315 kW) in the bow. The rim thruster is a quiet, space- and weight-saving thruster that converts electric power directly into propulsion. The SRT is extremely eco-friendly, as it operates without oil-based consumables. Instead, the bearings are lubricated by water.

Ready for future inspection challenges
Besides its main purpose as fishery inspection vessel for the North Sea and Skagerrak area, the new vessel is designed to meet future inspection challenges, for example for the operation of large drones. It will also be able to provide service functions, such as emergency towing assistance, salvage operations, and surveys.

It is expected for delivery by summer 2022 and will replace the existing "MV Vestkysten" which has been in operation since 1987.