Schottel Thruster Extends Power Range

Schottel, a leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, is introducing its new Pump Jet type SPJ 30—a state-of-the-art, shallow-water thruster suitable for a wide range of different vessel types, such as passenger vessels, ferries, work vessels and freighters.

Available in power ranges up to 150 kw., the azimuth thruster is characterized by optimal efficiency and gives a vessel maximum maneuverability.

With the SPJ 30, Schottel is extending the power range with a highly efficient azimuth thruster that is ideal not only for newbuilds, but also for modernizations. Due to the compact design of the Pump Jet, space-saving installation is possible with minimal displacement loss, the company said. The thruster’s above-water gearboxes are available as Z and L variants, and diesel engines, electric or hydraulic motors can be used as power sources.

Since the Pump Jet is installed flush with the hull of the vessel, the vessel’s resistance is not increased and the risk of collisions with flotsam is reduced. Further protection against damage is provided by the protective grille on the inlet. The robust SPJ is thus well-suited for operation in extremely shallow waters–even in the unfortunate event of grounding, the risk of damage is considerably reduced. The thruster is optionally available with elastic mounting, which further reduces noise levels and vibrations.

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The new SPJ 30 will be available at the end of the year.

Founded in 1921, Schottel has been developing and manufacturing azimuth propulsion and maneuvering systems, complete propulsion systems with power ratings of up to 30 mw., and steering systems for vessels of all sizes and types for almost 70 years. The company has about 100 sales and service locations worldwide.