Schottel delivers propulsion system for latest Holland Group electric ferry

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Schottel says it has delivered main propulsion units for a 42m ferry to Netherlands-based Holland Shipyards Group.

The recently launched Sandøy is the first fully electric ferry for the Norwegian operator Brevik Fergeselskap and is to be equipped with two of Schottel’s rudder propellers. It will operate within the waters of Eidangerfjorden in southeastern Norway and will connect Brevik with Sandøya and Bjørkøya.

Marco Hoogendoorn, commercial director at Holland Shipyards Group, remarked, “We have gained profound experience with hybrid and purely electrically powered vessels. Every vessel is unique and has its own requirements. We are pleased to work with trustworthy partners like Schottel, that provide us with high-quality equipment that meets the standards we set as a yard.”

The vessel’s main propulsion system will consist of two of the company’s SRP 150 L (375kW each) rudder propellers, driven by high-efficiency PEM motors. The thrusters are designed for heavy-duty operation and are therefore equipped with frequency-controlled planetary steering gear and spur-wheel steering. The azimuth thrusters feature 1.2m-diameter propellors and the company’s SDV45 varioduct high-efficiency nozzle. This, says Schottel, enables the vessel to hold its position in extremely strong lateral winds and to sail freely in a high-efficiency range.

Designed by Holland Shipyards Group, the new vessel will be completely emission-free and entirely powered by its 1,300kWh battery pack. The 42m-long, 11m-wide ship will accommodate up to 98 pedestrians as well as 16 cars. It will be ready for service in 2021.

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