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Schottel site in Wismar turns 60

Caption: Schottel-Standort in Wismar

Controllable pitch propellers have been built in Wismar for 60 years. From the 1990s onwards under the propulsion specialist Schottel.

After six years of successful collaboration, Schottel took over the company in 1998, which at the time was known as Wismarer Propeller- und Maschinenbau GmbH[ds_preview].

The drive expert from Spay took over the employees and their decades of expertise. According to Schottel, major investments and extensive modernization turned the plant into a state-of-the-art production site for drive systems. Since then, the engineering expertise has led to many further developments of the already proven and reliable design of the controllable pitch propeller.

The propeller is a high-performance propulsion system for applications with particularly high requirements in terms of ship speed, power density and sound signature. According to the manufacturer, its versatility has made it a popular propulsion system for trawlers, ferries and cruise ships as well as federal and naval vessels, among others.

Every Schottel propeller is tailor-made

“Every single SCP is tailored to the customer’s requirements. With every order, we set ourselves the challenge of ensuring the most reliable and effective system. Extensive analysis of the propulsion system and the vessel, as well as modern design methods such as CFD, ensure sound hydrodynamics and maximum overall efficiency,” says Michael Potts, Branch Manager of Schottel Wismar.

With its robust design based on 60 years of engineering experience, the SCP is a “tried and tested design” in thousands of practical applications, according to the drive manufacturer. The SCP is produced in a power range from 600 kW to 30 MW and propeller diameters of up to eight meters. Individual shaft lengths of up to 20 m can be produced.

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