Spain’s Albacora Group, which operates the largest tuna fishing fleet in the European Union, recently commissioned a new fishing vessel. Built at Vigo-based shipyard Astilleros Armón, Galerna Lau is equipped with a state-of-the-art propulsion system from the German propulsion expert Schottel and will be used to catch tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. It was designed by Armón and Cintranaval.
The propulsion system of the tuna vessel comprises one Schottel SCP 109 4-X controllable pitch propeller featuring an input power of 6,000 kW as well as a propeller diameter of 4.0 metres. It reaches a maximum speed of 20 knots.
Due to the adjustable propeller blade pitch, SCPs are suited for a wide range of operations, such as manoeuvring, berthing, and casting or hauling nets. This means the operator not only benefits from a high degree of efficiency, but also lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption as a result. Furthermore, the controllable pitch propellers have a long service life due to low maintenance requirements.
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