Propulsion system manufacturer Schottel will supply the company’s EcoPellers and PumpJet systems for two new autonomous roro ships
Both 67-m long, battery-electric propulsion vessels will be operated by Norway’s ASKO Maritime and built at Cochin Shipyard in India.
ASKO Maritime director Kai Just Olsen said “We have a clear ambition to be climate neutral and have set ambitious goals, including being a self-sufficient provider of clean energy and having 100% emissions-free transport by 2026. These innovative ships are key to fulfilling that ambition and will form an essential component of a zero-emissions logistics chain linking our facilities. We are very pleased Schottel is supporting us in this project.”
The main propulsion system of each vessel will consist of one medium-sized Schottel EcoPeller type SRE 210 (500 kW) driven by an electric motor powered by a battery bank with 1,846 kwh capacity. The SRE’s optimised design generates maximum steering forces and helps reduce fuel consumption, ensuring lower operating costs and lower emissions.
An electrically powered PumpJet type SPJ 57 (200 kW) will be fitted at the bow to act both as thruster and take-home system.
The vessels will be fitted with a bridge forward and will initially be operated with a crew on board. The vessels will transport 16 fully loaded standard EU trailers at a time across Oslo Fjord between two ASKO distribution centres. Schottel estimated that this mode of trailer transport will replace over 2M road miles per year, saving around 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Both vessels were designed by Naval Dynamics in Norway and built to DNV GL classification, flagged in Norway and are scheduled to enter operation in January 2022. The contract includes an option for two further vessels.
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