OCTOBER 16, 2012 — Steerprop Ltd., Rauma, Finland, has been contracted to deliver the main propulsion propulsors for the dual fuel ferry being built for Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri (see earlier story).
The contract is an important step for Steerprop Ltd. in delivering more powerful main propulsion to passenger vessels than before.
At 130 m long and with a capacity of 800 passengers and 180 autos, the vessel will be larger and faster than its predecessor, but despite its larger size vessel be more efficient and environmentally friendly through the use of innovative technical solutions to improve total efficiency. A part of this efficiency will be due to the propulsion system used.
Steerprop Ltd. has been contracted to deliver two SP 120 ECO CRP propulsors. Each of these propulsors has a power rating 7,000 kW. To ensure their safe operation year round, the propulsors will be ice-classed in the demanding Finnish-Swedish 1 A Super ice-class. Utilizing high efficiency Steerprop Dual-End Contra Rotating Propellers (CRP), these propulsors are projected to offer a significant increase in efficiency and thus cut down on both emissions and fuel consumption.