JANUARY 26, 2015 — Two years after the introduction of its Schilling Twisted Trailing Edge (Schilling TT) Rudder, Hamburg, Germany, headquartered Becker Marine Systems is introducing an optimized version of the rudder profile.
"Our Twisted Trailing Edge modification of the familiar Schilling Rudder has become firmly established on the market," says Walther Bauer, Director of Sales & Projects at Becker Marine Systems.
Becker's engineers have succeeded in meeting customer demand for a well-considered solution for propulsion along with improved maneuverability in one rudder.
"We are getting consistently positive feedback about the improved performance of the rudder thanks to its asymmetric trailing edge," says Mr. Bauer.
Development of the rudder began some years ago and there is increasing market demand for the mature product, not least due to greater environmental regulations in the shipping industry.
The rudder is suitable for tankers, general cargo carriers and other vessels, including some research vessels. These ships usually have to travel long distances to their area of operations and once there are dependent on increased maneuverability.
At the beginning of the year, Becker Marine Systems received orders for ten Twisted Trailing Edge Rudders for general cargo carriers with a carrying capacity of 3,300 and 8,500 dwt.
The Becker Schilling TT Rudder's energy efficiency makes it an attractive addition to Becker Marine Systems' existing energy-saving solutions.
"We combine the rudder with our specially optimized rudder bulbs in order to further lower energy consumption," says Mr. Bauer about the optimized product, which has lower servicing and maintenance costs.