A Squid Catcher Hits The Waves
By Jack Burke27 February 2019
The trawler Argos Cíes, the largest fishing vessel constructed at the Nodosa shipyard in Spain, is equipped with one controllable pitch propeller and one transverse thruster from Schottel.
The Schottel propulsion systems are designed enable the vessel to achieve optimal maneuverability and propulsion efficiency. With a length of 74 m and a width of 14 m, Argos Cíes is the largest fishing vessel ever built at the Galician shipyard. Operated by Jupiter Fishing Co., the newly built trawler is mainly used to fish for squid in the South Atlantic. The project was realized in close cooperation with Reintjes España, Schottel’s partner on the Spanish maritime market.
Argos Cíes is powered by a 3000 kW Wärtsilä 6L32 main engine which drives a Schottel Controllable Pitch Propeller type SCP 100 4-X with a propeller diameter of 4000 mm. In addition to this, the stern trawler is equipped with an electrically driven Schottel Transverse Thruster type STT 1 FP which provides an input power of 400 kW. In combination, the systems offer propulsion efficiency by matching the respective operation profile of the fishing vessel, the company said.
Schottel said its Controllable Pitch Propellers meet the demands of the fishing industry thanks to the adjustability of the pitch of the propeller blades, and are suited for a wide range of operating conditions, such as maneuvering, berthing, casting or hauling nets. State-of-the-art calculation methods ensure that each SCP is optimally adapted to hydrodynamic conditions. In this way, the operator benefits from a high degree of efficiency – leading to lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption. In addition, the robust design of the SCP keeps maintenance requirements to a minimum and ensures a long service lifetime.