Schottel has secured an order for propulsion systems for Med Marine’s latest escort tug newbuilding
Med Marine is building the tug to a Robert Allan design at its Ereğli Shipyard in northern Turkey. It will be used for harbour and terminal operations and for coastal towing when completed.
This tug is being built to a MED-A3275 model based on a RAmparts 3200 design and is scheduled for delivery in Q4 2020.
Its propulsion will come from a pair of Schottel rudderpropellers of type SRP 460 CP. These will be driven by two diesel engine with power output of 2,350 kW. The rudderpropellers will have four-bladed controllable pitch propellers with a diameter of 2.7 m providing the newbuilding with an expected bollard pull of about 75 tonnes and a free running speed of around 12.5 knots.
“Equipping our tugs with these propulsion solutions contributes to the saleability of our vessels,” said Med Marine chief executive Recai Hakan Şen. He said these Rudderpropellers will “ensure maximum vessel manoeuvrability and top propulsion efficiency”.
Med Marine has ordered propulsion systems from both Schottel and Kongsberg (formerly Rolls-Royce) for tugs it has built in the past.
In 2019, Med Marine sold harbour tug Caño Cristales to Coltugs with Schottel propulsion on board.
Its shipyard builds tugs for both Med Marine’s own fleet in Turkey and for other tug owners worldwide.
Schottel has supplied more than 1,000 rudderpropellers types SRP 460 and SRP 490 to shipyards worldwide to be matched with diesel engines rated at 2,350-2,550 kW per unit.