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Maritime Propulsion

March 7, 2024

SCHOTTEL to Equip Med Marine's Six New ASD Tugs

The SCHOTTEL RudderPropeller (Image: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL is to equip six new ASD tugs of the Turkish Med Marine Group with the SCHOTTEL RudderPropeller (SRP). The new vessels will be built by Med Marine’s Ereğli Shipyard and will be available in 2025 to meet the constantly growing demand for Med Marine tugs.  

A total of 12 SCHOTTEL RudderPropellers in the SRP 360, SRP 430 and SRP 490 series will be built for the new vessels by the German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems. The new tugs will cater for a range of different bollard pull requirements in the 50-, 60-, 80- and 85-tonne classes and will also be equipped with modern fire-fighting systems.

Ertuğrul Çetin, Procurement & Technical Group Director at Med Marine, explained Med Marine’s proactive production strategy: “An increasingly difficult global political situation and jeopardized trade routes have led to an increase in supply chain disruptions in recent years. The maritime industry is particularly affected by this. With the pre-production of our successful tug models, we can prevent potential disruptions and serve our customers reliably and possibly even significantly faster once an order has been placed.”

Regarding Med Marine’s decision in favor of SCHOTTEL thrusters, he said: “We have a long-standing and trusting partnership with SCHOTTEL. We benefit not only from their modern, high-quality drive systems but also from SCHOTTEL’s reliability as a supplier.”

The power ratings of the propulsion systems commissioned by Med Marine range from 1,575 to 2,525 kilowatts per unit, with propeller diameters from 2.2 meters for the SRP 360 units to 2.8 meters for the SRP 490 units.

The SCHOTTEL RudderPropeller combines maximum maneuverability and bollard pull with outstanding course stability during free sailing, the manufacturer said, adding it provides powerful thrust in any chosen direction at all times, while simultaneously ensuring high propulsion efficiency for low operating costs and emissions. The robust design of the SRP allows for long operating times coupled with low maintenance requirements, SCHOTTEL added.

The new tugs will be produced at Med Marine's Ereğli Shipyard and are expected to be completed in the course of 2025.

Seçkin Uz, Managing Director of SCHOTTEL Turkey, and Ertuğrul Çetin, Procurement & Technical Group Director at Med Marine endorse the long-standing partnership between the two companies in the manufacture and equipping of modern and powerful marine vessels. (Photo: SCHOTTEL)