(SPAY, Germany) — Schottel has been awarded a contract from Master Boat Builders of Bayou La Batre, Ala., to supply four rudder propellers for two newly built tugs to be operated by Suderman & Young Towing Co. of Houston. The tugs also will feature MariHub, the IoT gateway and monitoring solution from Schottel.
“We have used Schottel propulsion units in our tugs for many years,” said Kirk Jackson, president of Suderman & Young. “Schottel’s excellent products and service have proven themselves time and time again. We are excited to welcome these new RApport 2600 tugs to our fleet. The use of Schottel rudder propellers and MariHub highlights our continued commitment to provide the best available equipment to serve our customers’ growing requirements.”
Each of the tugs will be propelled by two diesel-driven Schottel rudder propellers type SRP 430 (1,650 kW each) with a propeller diameter of 7.2 feet. The Robert Allan RApport 2600 design vessels will achieve a bollard pull of about 52 tonnes.
The 85-foot-long and 39-foot-wide vessels will feature Schottel MariHub, which collects, analyzes and transfers signals from sensors, machinery and other ship equipment to an onshore cloud server. With MariHub, owners benefit from data-driven services such as performance evaluations and onboard high-speed data processing for real-time condition analysis.
With the condition monitoring service ProCMS, MariHub allows for early detection of irregularities in the drive train. This predictive maintenance approach significantly increases the availability of vessels, while reducing maintenance costs and improving maintenance planning.
Expected delivery dates are October 2022 for the first tug and April 2023 for the second tug.