Uzmar Shipyard in Turkey has selected Steerprop to deliver six SP 20 WD azimuth propulsion units for a series of three Robert Allan Ltd-designed tugs being built.
The propulsion units, delivering 1,610 kW of power each, will be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.
To increase the achieved bollard pull and to improve the manoeuvrability of the tugs, the azimuth propulsors will have electrical steering that enables more efficient use of the main engine’s power compared to hydraulic steering.
Steerprop sales manager Donato Agostinelli said the electrical system can also be upgraded with a battery pack to enhance performance even further, while at the same time lowering the environmental footprint of the system.
The propulsors’ robust and accurate electric steering gears will also offer a constant steering speed, which is essential when performing sensitive tasks like escorting tankers.
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