The river cruise vessel is scheduled to enter operation on the Yangtze River in September 2021 (Image: Schottel)
Propulsion manufacturer Schottel is to provide its azimuth thrusters for a Chinese river cruise vessel, which is owned by Changjiang Cruise Overseas Travel and is intended for operation on the Yangtze River.
The ship will be powered by electric motors driving three twin propeller units, with an input power of 1,000 kilowatts each. She will be 150 metres long, accommodate 600 guests and reach speeds of up to 14 knots.
By sharing the load between two propellers of the same diameter rotating in the same direction, Schottel’s Twin Propellers reduce the risk of cavitation and increase tip clearance. This leads to lower noise and vibration levels, as well as reducing fuel consumption compared to single propeller systems.
The new vessel is scheduled to enter operation in September 2021.
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