A new bitumen tanker for France-based Rubis Group, currently under construction at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard, will feature azimuth thrusters from the German propulsion specialist Schottel. The 15,000dwt asphalt carrier will be driven by two highly efficient SCHOTTEL EcoPellers and one TransverseThruster. Designed by Swedish FKAB Marine, the vessel will be deployed in West Africa for asphalt transportation services.
The main propulsion of the carrier consists of two electrically driven SCHOTTEL EcoPellers type SRE 560 (2,050 kW each), featuring fixed pitch propellers with a diameter of 3.1m. With this configuration, the 145.8m long and 26.2m wide vessel will achieve a maximum speed of 13.55kt at design draught. Beyond this, one SCHOTTEL TransverseThruster type STT 2 (600 kW) will ensure maximum manoeuvrability.
To achieve the maximum ship speed at design draught, the SRE requires 11% less propulsion power than a conventional rudder propeller with nozzle.