Schottel has secured a contract to supply 12 propulsion systems to ice-class tugboats under construction in Poland
The German-headquartered manufacturer is supplying ice-strengthened azimuth thrusters for six tugs being built by Remontowa Shipbuilding for the Polish Navy.
These azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs are being built as part of the B860 project for military and logistical operations. They will support Polish naval vessels at sea and in ports, be used for technical evacuations, personnel transfers, search and rescue operations and oil spill recovery.
Remontowa has delivered the first of these six tugboats, Bolko, and is building five others. It intends to deliver sister tugs Gniewko, Mieszko and Semko during H1 2020 and Leszko and Przemko later this year.
Schottel is supplying two of its rudderpropellers type SRP 360 FP to each of these ASD tugs.
These ice-strengthened SRP 360 azimuth thrusters come with 2.0 m fixed pitch propellers. These tugs are reinforced to Finnish-Swedish ice class IA Super for year-round operations in the Baltic Sea and Polish ports. Each thruster is driven by an MTU 12V 4000 engine, delivering 1,193 kW of power.
As a result, the tugs will achieve a bollard pull of up to 35 tonnes and a free-running speed of 12 knots.