Propulsion specialist Schottel, Spay, Germany, reports that its board has approved the acquisition of a 3,000-square-meter site in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It will be used to build a new service center for Schottel’s Russian company, OOO Schottel.
Founded in 2011, OOO Schottel has established a strong market position by equipping a large number of Russian inland waterways vessels, in both the cargo and passenger, segments with propulsion systems.
The new service center will include an administration building with repair workshop and warehouse and will be constructed on the purchased property within the next two years.
“Our future facilities will provide our valued customers with the significant advantage of reduced transport time,” says Sergey Chestny, general manager of OOO Schottel. “Especially in case of larger repair works, we will be able to offer on-site assistance. Our plans involve a local stock of assembled large parts for module replacement. This warehouse stock will considerably facilitate and shorten the regularly required 5, 10 and 15-year class surveys.”
The future facility’s portfolio will cover local content requirements as it will allow local assembly of units with components such as propellers and nozzles.