Schottel picked for Canadian ferry
By Ian Cameron18 February 2021
Company to supply propellers for new vessel
German propulsion manufacturer Schottel has been awarded a contract to deliver main propulsion units for a car ferry to Vancouver-based company Western Pacific Maritime Ltd. The newly built vessel, ordered by the British Columbia Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, will be equipped with four Schottel TwinPropellers (STPs) Once operational, it will serve the Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada.
The main propulsion consists of four Schottel TwinPropeller units type STP 150 L (360 kW each), driven by PEM motors. Featuring a propeller diameter of 1.1 metres, the STPs enable a speed of up to 13.5 knots.
In order to ensure a fully reliable 24/7 service, a fifth structurally identical unit has been ordered as a spare unit. Designed by Polar Design Sales, the new vessel will be configured as a diesel-electric hybrid with all the systems, equipment and components ready for a fully electric propulsion in future.
To ensure quick and easy installation at the future operational site, the TwinPropellers will be conceived as plug-and-play units. The STPs are designed so that they can be serviced while the vessel is afloat.