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Innovators in Steerable Propulsion

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Mainzer Strasse 99,
D-56322 Spay,
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SCHOTTEL, based at Spay on the River Rhine in Germany and founded in 1921, is the headquarters of a globally operating group of companies. Here, using state-of-the-art equipment and machines, we develop and manufacture our products for the shipping world in the supreme quality that customers expect from a major company.

Besides 360° steerable propulsion and manoeuvring systems, SCHOTTEL also supplies conventional propulsion packages. Thanks to this, we offer complete propulsion solutions for every imaginable maritime application and operational situation.

Products and services

The SCHOTTEL range of products and services encompasses in particular:

The SCHOTTEL rudder propeller (SRP).
The SCHOTTEL combi drive (SCD).
The SCHOTTEL pump jet (SPJ).
The SCHOTTEL controllable pitch propeller (SCP).
The SCHOTTEL transverse truster (STT).
  • SCHOTTEL rudder propellers up to 6,000kW
  • SCHOTTEL twin propellers up to 3,500kW
  • SCHOTTEL navigators up to 1,000kW
  • SCHOTTEL combi drives up to 3,800kW
  • SCHOTTEL pump jets up to 3,500kW
  • SCHOTTEL transverse thrusters up to 3,400kW
  • SCHOTTEL controllable-pitch propeller plants up to 30MW, including shafting, rudder systems and remote control devices
  • Tailor-made SCHOTTEL steering and control systems

Application-oriented system solutions

Maximum manoeuvrability, optimum efficiency, safe and economical operation, space-saving installation and easy maintenance – these are the outstanding features of our systems.

Our team comprises highly motivated experts in the fields of hydrodynamics, hydraulics, electronics, system engineering and shipbuilding and is familiar with the world of shipping. This comprehensive know-how is the basis for individual customer support, from the project stage onwards, and is reflected in our application-oriented system solutions.

In close co-operation with internationally renowned research institutes, we constantly develop and upgrade our systems so that they are always acknowledged throughout the industry as trend-setting.


The application of CAD in development and design, the implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies, the use of high-grade materials, skilful assembly and professional installation on site, are the major foundations for the top quality of our products which permanently prove their worth under arctic and tropical conditions.

This is impressively confirmed by the certification of our quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001 by the American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd.

Worldwide sales and services

Close contact with customers, competent local advice and swift service response are the guiding principles of our global corporate strategy. We ensure this with a close-knit network of company-owned subsidiaries and representatives at all major shipping centres.

Press Releases

  • SCHOTTEL Continues on its Successful Course

    The propulsion specialist SCHOTTEL remains on course for success, rounding off the year 2004 with another sales record. The corporate goal of €100 million in group sales for the new building and service sectors was achieved (2003: €90 million). Exports accounted again for about 80%. Of

  • SCHOTTEL Going Full Speed Ahead

    New sales record: 90 million euro in 2003 SCHOTTEL ended the year 2003 with record sales. With 550 employees worldwide, the company continued the previous year’s trend, achieving sales in the new systems and service sectors totalling 90 million euro (2002: 81 million). Sales for th

  • SCHOTTEL Combi Drive

    SCHOTTEL Combi Drive – A new propulsion system for the power range from 1,900kW to 3,800kW With power ratings of up to 6000 kW, SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers (SRP) have proven themselves world-wide for over five decades as mechanical azimuth drives for all sectors of the shipping world


  • Carl Straat Diving Bell Ship

    Carl Straat is a new diving bell ship intended for operation in the Rhine and its tributaries across central and western Europe.

  • Janssonius Cruise Ship

    Janssonius is a polar class 6 cruise vessel being developed for Dutch vessel operator Oceanwide Expeditions. It is the sister ship to the company’s Hondius cruise vessel, which was launched in 2018.

  • Ovation of the Seas Cruise Ship

    Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class ship built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

  • Nils Holgersson -

    The Nils Holgersson was built by the German-based shipbuilder SSW Fahr-und Spezialschiffbau for the operators Travlemund

Schottel GmbH & Co. KG
Mainzer Strasse 99
D-56322 Spay

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