Photo: Rendering of the LNG Bunkering Vessel; Image credit: Fratelli Cosulich

New Italian LNG bunkering vessel to feature Schottel propulsion systems

German propulsion manufacturer Schottel has won a contract to supply main and auxiliary propulsion systems for the first LNG bunkering vessel of the Italian shipping group Fratelli Cosulich.

Under the contract, Schottel will deliver the main propulsion of the LNG bunkering vessels consisting of two diesel-driven Schottel EcoPellers type SRE 360, with a propeller diameter of 2.3 m.

As described, the EcoPeller fulfils all the requirements of a modern high-performance propulsion unit with the hydrodynamically optimised design that allows the EcoPeller to produce maximum steering forces and enables top values in terms of overall efficiency and course stability. This reduces fuel consumption and ensures both lower operating costs and emissions.

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Schottel EcoPeller; Image by Schottel

In addition, two Schottel TransverseThrusters type STT 1 CP will be installed in order to ensure maximum manoeuvrability also in port areas. With this thruster configuration, the 113-metre long and 20-metre wide vessel will achieve a free sailing speed of 13 knots.

The cargo handling system for this new LNG bunkering vessel will be supplied by the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä.

The 8,000 cbm LNG bunkering vessel is currently under construction at Chinese Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore and Engineering shipyard.

To remind, Fratelli Cosulich ordered the vessel in May 2021 making its official entrance into the LNG bunkering market.

Once delivered in summer 2023, the 5,300-dwt-vessel is intended to serve customers in the Mediterranean region.

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