Schottel to supply rudderpropellers for new Seabulk tugs

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(SPAY, Germany) — German propulsion manufacturer Schottel has been awarded a contract from Master Boat Builders to supply six rudderpropellers to U.S.-based Seabulk Towing, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. Both newbuilds will feature the Advanced Rotortug (ART) design: a triangular propulsion system which significantly improves tug maneuverability and enables safe working conditions at all times.

“These tugs represent the latest in technological innovation and showcase our responsiveness to structural and environmental stewardship changes in the shipping sector," said Daniel Thorogood, president of Seabulk. "With Schottel rudderpropellers, we are highlighting Seabulk’s ongoing commitment to provide the best available equipment to serve our customers’ developing demands.”

Both tugs will be propelled by three Schottel rudderpropellers type SRP 430 FP with a propeller diameter of 7.8 feet, each driven by a 1,771-kW diesel engine. With this propulsion system, each vessel will achieve a free running speed of 14.5 knots. They will also have a bollard pull of approximately 80 tonnes, which is sufficient for maneuvering ultra-large containerships.

The ART incorporates the patented triple Z-drive Rotortug concept, featuring omni-directional maneuverability and the benefits of a fully redundant and precise propulsion machinery configuration. The triple z-drive also offers increased redundancy for ship-handling and escort towing, as well as enhanced crew safety.

The new vessels will operate alongside the company’s existing harbor fleet in the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2021 and 2022.

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By Professional Mariner Staff