oktober 2005


“SCHOTTEL for the shipping world” – true to this motto, SCHOTTEL develops designs, builds and delivers innovative propulsion and manoeuvring systems with power ratings of up to 30 MW for vessels of all kinds and sizes. The company is showing its range of products and services at the EUROPORT MARITIME 2005 exhibition at stand no. 1503 in Scheldehal.


SCHOTTEL’s many years of experience combined with extensive research carried out in co-operation with a number of different research institutes enable the company to offer state-of-the-art propulsion systems that optimally fulfil the requirement profiles. An example of an application-oriented concept is the shallow-draught version of the proven SCHOTTEL Twin Propeller (STP). Waterways with variable water depths constitute hazardous navigation routes. On the one hand a certain vessel speed must be ensured, while on the other hand there are restrictions on the propeller design, particularly with regard to the diameter. SCHOTTEL offers a solution that is specially tailored to such applications: the SCHOTTEL Twin Propeller, type STP 110 SD (Shallow Draught).

With a propeller diameter of just 600 mm and a max. power output of 200 kW at 2100 to 2200 r.p.m., this propulsion variant is ideal for vessels with a limited draught of 0.50 m. The short distance of just 1000 mm between the power input and the propeller shaft allows installation even in the most cramped of engine rooms. The first passenger vessel for German waters is already being fitted with the STP 110 SD and will be entering service in spring 2006.

The obvious choice for permanent operation in shallow water is the SCHOTTEL Pump-Jet (SPJ). A good example here is the passenger vessels SIER and OERD of the Dutch line WAGENBORG PASSAGIERSDIENSTEN B.V. These are each fitted with four SPJ 220 main propulsion units (each with a power output of 640 respectively 645 kW).

SCHOTTEL has recently been very successful around the world in the ferry sector. The company has recently secured the order for the propulsion systems of five 129.5 m double-ended LNG ferries which will be built by AKER Brattvaag AS for Fjord1 Fylkesbaatane, Norway. They will operate between Bergen and Stavanger. The vessels were designed by LMG Marin in Bergen, and extensive model testing was carried out by Marintek, Trondheim.

Three ferries will be equipped with four gas-electric SCHOTTEL Combi Drives of type SCD 2020 each (4 x 2750 kW, twin propeller version). They are designed for a speed of 21 kn. The other two ferries of identical design will be equipped with four mechanical SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers of type STP 1515 (1600 kW each), giving the vessels a cruising speed of 17 kn.