Ten new crabbers to feature SCHOTTEL Controllable Propellers

January 10, 2021 09:26

Ten new crabbers for the Russian crab-catching companies Antey, Merlion and Aqvainvest will feature SCHOTTEL controllable pitch propellers and tunnel thruster reports Megafishnet.com.

According to SCHOTTEL, they will be built at different shipyards in Russia and are designed by Damen as design type CC 5712. Eight will be constructed at Nakhodka and a further two at Brothers Nobel shipyard. They are scheduled to enter operation from 2020 to 2024.

Each of the 57.7-metre-long and 12.6-metre-wide ice-class vessels will be equipped with one four-bladed SCHOTTEL Controllable Propeller type SCP 774 featuring a propeller diameter of 2.8 metres and driven by a 1,620 kilowatt, diesel engine (750 rpm).

With this configuration, the vessels will achieve a free running speed of approximately 12 knots. For improved manoeuvrability, each new build will also be provided with one 400 kilowatt SCHOTTEL Transverse Thruster type STT 1 CP.

Crab catching is a very diverse operation: On the one hand, the vessel needs to be able to get back to the fishing ground fast and efficiently and, on the other hand, manoeuvre precisely to position and haul the crab pots. Furthermore, the crab-catching grounds are rather remote areas with extremely harsh weather conditions, which demand robust and reliable equipment. A SCHOTTEL propulsion package consisting of controllable pitch propeller and tunnel thruster ideally meets these demands.

State-of-the-art calculation methods ensure that each SCP is optimally adapted to hydrodynamic conditions. In this way, operators benefit from a high degree of efficiency leading to lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption. In addition, the robust design of the SCP keeps maintenance requirements to a minimum and ensures a long service lifetime.

Design 5712LS crab-catching vessel

  • Length-57.7 m
  • Width-12.6 m
  • Autonomy — 40 days
  • Speed — 12.6 Kn
  • Main engine power — 1620 kW
  • Power of the bow thruster — 400 kW
  • Tank capacity — 640 cubic meters

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