Schottel’s EcoPropeller system will be powered by battery packs installed onboard the ship (Image: Schottel)
Schottel is to retrofit its Schottel Rudder EcoPeller (SRE) solution onboard a ferry for the first time.
Two four-bladed EcoPellers with an input of 750 kilowatts each will be featured in a double-ended ferry from Norwegian operator Torghatten Tafikkselskap. The Schottel solution will be integrated into the existing steel structure of the former propulsion system, without requiring hull changes or major steel work. The work will be carried out by a local shipyard, reducing the time needed for installation.
“We have already equipped several of our ferries with Schottel propellers,” said Gunnar Heringbotn, technical manager at Torghatten Trafikkselskap. “For the electrification of Torghatten, we have opted for the SRE, as it optimally meets our requirements and supports us on our way to an eco-friendly future. Thanks to the tailor-made modernisation concept, downtimes can be kept as short as possible.”
The EcoPellers will be driven by electric motors, which will be powered by battery packs installed onboard the ship. According to Schottel, the propulsion system ensures high efficiency and improves course keeping stability, as well as reducing fuel consumption.
The solution will also be equipped with the Shottel Leacon sealing system. By using separate seals on the seawater and gearbox sides, the system ensures that any seawater leaking into the system or gear oil escaping it are collected in an intermediate chamber.
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