september 2007

SCHOTTEL increases its market presence in Russia

At SCHOTTEL, we have long since recognized Russia not only as a country with vast resources of raw materials, but also as one of the world’s leading shipbuilding nations. Business relations have been in place for decades and SCHOTTEL’s image in Russia is extremely positive.

Several series of ships in Russia are currently being fitted with SCHOTTEL bow thrusters; not only this, but there are also large numbers of freighters, tankers, tugs and even offshore and research vessels being fitted with complete main propulsion and manoeuvring systems from SCHOTTEL.

Our successful contracts include the propulsion units and bow thrusters for dry-cargo freighters and oil tankers for the PALMALI Group (SCHOTTEL SRP 1010 FP Rudderpropellers with 1120 kW / 1200 kW) and also SRP 2020 CP Rudderpropellers (1980 kW / 750 r.p.m.) as main propulsion units, with the high RMRS LU5 ice class, that are being operated to good effect by "Sovtfracht- Primorsk" in fully ice-going tugs in the Russian port of Primorsk.

The deciding factors for GASPROM subsidiary "Podvodgasengineering" were the technological advantages, such as high efficiency, noise reduction and hydrodynamically optimized design. The company duly placed an order for propulsion units for its new research catamaran: two SCHOTTEL STP 200 Twin Propellers, each with a power rating of 285 kW at 1800 r.p.m., and two SPJ 15 Pump-Jets, 55 kW each, as a manoeuvring aid.

Foreign shipping companies are currently highly active on the Russian shipping market. The Italian shipping company Petro Barbaro, for example, is having three sea/river oil tankers built at the Oka shipyard for use in Russia. Their SCHOTTEL SRP 1010 FP Rudderpropellers with ice class RMRS LU1 have been optimized for operation in Russian waters and in broken ice. They each have a power rating of 1200 kW at 1800 r.p.m.

Foreign ship-owners are increasingly ordering their vessels in Russia and benefiting from shorter delivery times. This is due to the high production capacities resulting from the fact that former military shipyards are now also building civilian vessels. One of the largest Russian military shipyards, formerly a top-secret facility, that is now active in the merchant shipbuilding sector is the Amur shipyard in Komsomolsk on Amur. Notwithstanding the long distances involved, a SCHOTTEL SPJ 220 Pump-Jet (800 kW), an STT 2 FP bow thruster (590 kW) and two STT 3 FP (750 kW) have meanwhile found their way to this remote destination.

The Pump-Jet and the STT 2 FP bow thrusters are destined for a seismic research vessel for the Indian customer ONGC, while the two other bow thrusters are for the 18500 DWT container ships for HANSEATIK Lloyd.

Smaller Russian shipyards are also in great demand; several months ago, the Norwegian customer KS North Sea Safety placed an order with the Yaroslavl shipyard for six offshore supply vessels to be delivered between 2009 and 2011.

The successful IMT 955 design (vessels in this series have already been built with SCHOTTEL SRP 550 Rudderpropellers at Zamakona in Spain) is being modified slightly at the request of the owner. Convinced by many years of positive experience, KS North Sea Safety, a company owned by Torghatten Trafikkselskap and Simon Mokster Rederi AS, has once again turned to SCHOTTEL quality: this time, each vessel is being fitted with two STP 1010 Twin Propellers (each 900 kW at 1200 r.p.m.), a retractable SRP 550 ZSV Rudderpropeller (800 kW/1200 r.p.m.) and an STT 2 FP bow thruster (350 kW at 1200 r.p.m.) – all systems are diesel-electric units, built in accordance with DNV classification.