The German propulsion manufacturer Schottel has secured a contract for the supply of main and auxiliary propulsion systems for the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply vessel of Fratelli Cosulich, an Italian group.
Construction of the 5,300 dwt vessel is currently underway at China’s Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard, with delivery expected in summer 2023.
The 8,000 m3 vessel will serve customers in the Mediterranean region.
The main propulsion for the LNG supply vessel will come from two diesel-powered SRE 360 type SCHOTTEL EcoPellers.
In addition, two SCHOTTEL TransverseThrusters type STT 1 CP will be installed on board the 113 m long and 20 m wide vessel for maximum maneuverability in port areas.
According to Schottel, the vessel will achieve a free-sailing speed of 13k with this thruster configuration.
Fratelli Cosulich LNG President Andrea Cosulich said: “The development of LNG infrastructure is a key area for us, and we are very pleased that SCHOTTEL is supporting us in the delivery of high-efficiency propulsion systems in this project. .
“We are confident that their experience and skill will enable safe, reliable and optimized vessel operations.”
The propulsion manufacturer claims that its SCHOTTEL EcoPeller meets all the needs of an advanced high-performance propulsion unit.
EcoPeller’s optimized hydrodynamic design allows it to generate maximum steering forces while increasing overall efficiency and course stability.
This reduces fuel consumption, which reduces both operating costs and emissions.
Last July, Schottel received an order for the delivery of main propulsion units for five low-emission tugs.