The 89.9m-long bulk carrier, Kryssholm, owned by Norway’s Bio Feeder AS, is to have two 300-kW Schottel retractable rudder propellers and two 450-kW transverse thrusters installed in a retrofit upgrade to be undertaken by the German propulsion company’s Modernisation and Conversion Team.
Schottel will be supplying SRP 130 R-type rudder propellers and STT 1-type transverse thrusters for the vessel and the new units will be installed in addition to the existing main engine to increase the ship’s manoeuvrability and position stability.
The 2011-built vessel, with a cargo capacity of 3,000 tonnes, is thought to be the largest fish feed bulk carrier in the world and operates for six months of the year for Bio Feeder. Over the balance of the year, it is chartered to Wagle Chartering and deployed as a general cargo vessel.
Nils Tore Øpstad Melingen, general manager at Bio Feeder, commented: “Schottel, with whom we have a long-standing and consistently good partnership, has again convinced us by finding an individual, custom-fit solution for the vessel. We are absolutely satisfied with the performance of the Schottel thrusters in our other vessels and thus decided the same way again. A decisive factor was also the spare parts and service supply – with Schottel as original equipment manufacturer, this is reliably secured in the long term.”