Schottel has received a contract from Royal Niestern Sander to supply thrusters for an under-construction shallow-draught vessel.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

The shipyard is building a 75.9m-long and 14m-wide walk-to-work vessel that was commissioned by Russian companies’ Mercury Sakhalin and Pola joint venture.

The vessel is the first shallow-draught ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel in the world and will bear the icebreaker 5 class notation.

It will be operated by Mercury Sakhalin after its delivery in December next year. It will serve the Sakhalin Island east coast for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Mercury Sakhalin general manager Maxim Anatolievich Petrov said: “In addition to efficiency and reliability, the most important requirement of thrusters on walk-to-work vessels is precise manoeuvrability.

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“Schottel has already proven the performance of their propulsion units on several other walk-to-work vessels.”

It will be equipped with Schottel propulsion package that is powered by electric motors. It will feature one retractable rudder propeller type SRP 260 R (810 kW) and one transverse thruster type STT 2 (700 kW).

The vessel is designed and optimised to operate in the difficult conditions in the east coast of Sakhalin in -30⁰C to 35⁰C temperatures.

It provides a shallow draught of 3.15m, a 4m transit draught in open waters and can break through the ice of up to 100cm.

Featuring motion-compensated gangway, the vessel can accommodate 45 service technicians and 15 crew members.

The main purpose of the vessel is to ensure that the service technicians and equipment are safely transferred to the offshore facilities.