januari 2005

SCHOTTEL continues on its successful course

The propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL, with headquarters in Spay/Rhine, remains on course for success, rounding off the year 2004 with another sales record. The corporate goal of 100 million euro in group sales for the new building and service sectors was achieved (2003: 90 million euro). Exports accounted again for about 80 percent. Of particular significance are the latest worldwide sales successes in the areas of tug propulsion systems, offshore supply vessels and tankers, research vessels, ferries and military vessels. More and more SCHOTTEL propulsion and manoeuvring systems are also being successfully implemented in the megayacht sector. Also contributing to the good overall results is our Service department, with a large number of conversions and modernizations of existing systems.


 

The extremely satisfactory volume of incoming orders in the last 12 months means a further increase in orders on hand for the year 2005. Although the weakness of the US dollar, together with an explosion in steel prices have created extremely difficult conditions, the company, with its 600 employees worldwide (of which 500 are in Germany), would like to achieve not only a further increase in sales, but also good net earnings.

In 2005 the number of tugs benefiting from the propulsion and outstanding manoeuvring characteristics provided by SCHOTTEL will significantly exceed 600. It was in 1967 that the first “workhorse” equipped with Rudderpropellers was put into operation in Hamburg Harbour, thus marking the beginning of an impressive success story with ever-increasing power ratings and bollard pulls. In 2004 we successfully landed orders for the propulsion systems of about 75 tugs, i.e. about 150 Rudderpropellers in the power range from 500 to 3850 kW with fixed or controllable-pitch propellers. On top of this come propulsion systems for about another 15 vessels being built for the offshore industry.

Thus SCHOTTEL is supplying two Rudderpropellers of type SRP 3030 CP with a power rating of 2970 kW each at 750 r.p.m. for a 49.5 m offshore support tug (OST) from the “RAmpage Series”, newly developed in Canada by the well-known design office Robert Allan Ltd. US-based Seabulk Offshore is the owner of the 100-tonne tug, which is being built by Labroy Shipbuilding & Engineering PTE Ltd., located in Singapore. The tug will additionally be fitted with a SCHOTTEL Transverse Thruster of type STT 330 LK CP (450 kW).

A bollard pull of 124 tonnes will be achieved by two 54 m rescue/salvage tugs being built by Astilleros Armon Vigo, S.A. for the Spanish state coastguard service Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Maritima. These vessels are being fitted with two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers of type SRP 3040 CP (3840 kW at 600 r.p.m). Each tug is likewise being fitted with an additional SCHOTTEL Transverse Thruster of type STT 330 LK CP (400 kW/1470 r.p.m.).

The SCHOTTEL Twin Propeller (STP) – the optimized-efficiency variant of the classic Rudderpropeller – is today one of the most successful SCHOTTEL products for vessels of all types and sizes. This includes everything from modern river cruise ships on European waterways to offshore supply vessels on the open ocean.

The technology of the Twin Propeller, in which thrust is generated by two propellers rotating in the same direction on a single shaft, also served as a model for the Siemens-SCHOTTEL Propulsor (SSP), with power ratings up to 20 MW. This pod drive is designed for sea-going ferries, supply vessels, tankers, and container ships, for example, and has proved reliable in RoPax ferries of the TT-Line, heavy-lift transporters of the Chinese Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), and chemical tankers of the Swedish Donsötank Reederi. Due to its good experience with the SSP, Donsötank recently decided to have a fourth chemical tanker built employing this innovative propulsion concept.

With the SCHOTTEL Electric Propulsor (SEP), the company is offering, besides the SSP, an additional pod drive with power ratings up to about 5 MW. Two SEP 2s (1850 kW each) are serving as main propulsion units for the multi-purpose vessel MS ARKONA operated as a spillage incident vessel and icebreaker on the Baltic Sea. The vessel, built on behalf of the German Water Board, also has outstanding manoeuvring characteristics thanks to a SCHOTTEL type SPJ 220 Pump-Jet with a power rating of 1000 kW in the bow. The MARIA S. MERIAN, a new German research vessel with ice class GL-E 4, is also fitted with two SEP 2s (2 x 2.1 MW max.) as main propulsion and a type SPJ 320 Pump-Jet (max. 2200 kW). Another application for the SCHOTTEL Electric Propulsor is the landing ship dock LPD-2 JOHAN DE WITT of the Royal Netherlands Navy (2 x SEP 5 with 5.5 MW each).

Because of this expansion of the traditional SCHOTTEL product range to include electric propulsion systems in the megawatt range and advanced controllable-pitch propeller systems, the importance of SCHOTTEL’s plant in Wismar, Germany is increasing. Propulsion systems with power ratings of well over 2000 kW per unit, as well as both mechanical and diesel-electric pod drives are built there by SCHOTTEL-Antriebstechnik GmbH. Its sister company SCHOTTEL-Schiffsmaschinen GmbH has developed and built controllable-pitch propeller systems for vessels such as offshore supply vessels, ferries and container ships. The 25 MW systems for two fast container ships demonstrate impressively how in this field, too, the SCHOTTEL team is well-equipped to meet the growing requirements of the global market.

This positive development is also reflected in the number of people employed. Since the beginning of our activities in Wismar and the founding of SCHOTTEL-Schiffsmaschinen GmbH in the autumn of 1998 with 51 employees, SCHOTTEL has more than doubled – to over 122 – the number of jobs at its Baltic Sea location, while also creating, and securing the future of, 10 places for job trainees. Thanks to a good situation with regard to orders, the number of employees is likely to increase to about 150 in 2005.

In addition to its production plants in Spay, Wismar, and in China, and a service branch in Hamburg, the SCHOTTEL group also has subsidiaries in the Netherlands, France, Italy, the United States and Brazil, as well as representatives in all major shipping centres. A local presence and quick service are thus ensured.