World’s largest LFC build underway

Schottel's equipment Schottel's equipment aims to offer optimum propulsion efficiency and maximum manoeuvrability. Image: Schottel

Schottel will supply thrusters to the world’s largest live fish carrier (LFC) as well as a 67m longliner, under construction in Turkey and due to be delivered to Norwegian owners.

The 83.2m long, 30.9m wide LFC ordered by Norwegian company Frøy Rederi is designed by Møre Maritime and will provide space for 7,500 cubic metres of water in fishing tanks.

Sefine Shipyard in Turkey has won the contract to build the LFC, which will be powered by an advanced diesel-electric propulsion system.

Robust equipment

The portion supplied by Schottel comprises two rudderpropellers type SRP 460 L CP (1,800kW each) with a propeller diameter of 2.6m and one transverse thruster type STT 4 CP (1,000kW). This combination will help the fishery vessel achieve optimum propulsion efficiency and maximum manoeuvrability.

To be environmentally compliant, the LFC will be equipped with a Schottel Leacon sealing system. Separate seals on the seawater side and on the gearbox side ensure that, in case of leakage, seawater entering the system or gear oil escaping from the system are collected in an intermediate chamber.

67m longliner

The second vessel is a Marin Teknikk-designed 67m long and 14.6m wide longliner for Norwegian fishing company Østerfjord. It is currently under construction at the Tersan Shipyard in Turkey.

The vessel design includes an automated longline system with capacity for 76,000 fly shooting hooks/Danish seine netting. It also features a factory deck equipped with automated filleting and H&G production on board.

This vessel, due to start fishing in the Atlantic in mind-2021, will be driven by a hybrid propulsion system featuring a Reintjes gearbox. Here, the Schottel scope of supply consists of a two-speed propulsion system – combining a retractable thruster, a tunnel thruster and a controllable pitch propeller.

Thanks to the adjustability of the pitch of the propeller blades, the SCP 77 4-XG (2,550kW) is ideally suited for a wide range of operating conditions such as manoeuvring, berthing, casting or hauling nets.

As a result, the operator benefits from a high degree of efficiency – leading to lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption. Beyond this, a Schottel Retractable Rudderpropeller type SRP 190 RT (460 kW) and an STT 170 FP (335 kW) ensure maximum manoeuvrability during fishing.

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