Spain’s Albacora Group, which operates the largest tuna fishing fleet in the European Union, recently commissioned its newest vessel, Galerno Lau. Built at Vigo-based shipyard Astilleros Armón, the 95.1 meters long by 14.8 meters beam freezer-seiner is the largest vessel built for Albacora in recent years.
Designed by Armón / Cintranaval, the vessel is equipped with a state-of-the-art Schottel propulsion system comprising one type SCP 109 4-X Schottel controllable pitch propeller. With an input power of 6,000 kW and a propeller diameter of 4.0 meters, it gives the vessel a maximum speed of 20 knots.
Thanks to the adjustable propeller blade pitch, SCPs are suited for a wide range of operations, such as maneuvering, berthing, and casting or hauling nets. This means the operator not only benefits from a high degree of efficiency, but also lower operating costs and reduced fuel consumption as a result. Furthermore, says Schottel, controllable pitch propellers have an impressively long service life and low maintenance requirements.