Brunvoll receives thruster order for DP2 shuttle tankers

Brunvoll's new ducted azimuth thruster AUP115 (pictured) is available with a power range of up to 3,500kW. (Image courtesy of Brunvoll)Brunvoll’s new ducted azimuth thruster AUP115 (pictured) is available with a power range of up to 3,500kW. (Image courtesy of Brunvoll)

Brunvoll has won a large contract for thrusters from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The Norwegian propulsion specialist also noted that it had extended its product portfolio in 2020.

SHI has ordered the thruster systems for the construction of three new 153,000 dwt dynamic positioning (DP2) shuttle tankers for an unnamed leading shuttle tanker operator. The 279m-long vessels are earmarked for use in the North Atlantic.

During loading and unloading operations, the vessels will use dynamic positioning with the help of two tunnel thrusters and three retractable azimuth thrusters totalling 13,500 kW.

“In common with the rest of the world in 2020, the pandemic has been a testing experience for Brunvoll. However, our new orders in the first half of 2020 have been the strongest since 2012, and we have received a number of large contracts from the shuttle tanker segment,” said Kåre Øyvind Vassdal, CEO of Brunvoll Group.

Brunvoll notes that it has delivered thruster systems to 21 vessels in the DP2 shuttle tanker category in the past two years, while it has signed orders for more than 30 of the company’s large new retractable azimuth thrusters since the beginning of 2020. The largest retractable azimuth thrusters in the company’s range, which have been designed for shuttle tankers, specialized construction vessels and cable layers, have a propeller diameter of 2.9m, and weigh about 80t.

Meanwhile, Brunvoll noted that it is extending its product range, by introducing a new range of main propulsion thruster units, both pulling azimuth units with open propellers and ducted azimuth units.

The first deliveries of the new highly efficient PU74 type pulling azimuth thruster have already taken place, the company notes. The unit has a power range of up to 1,350 kW. Meanwhile, the first references of a new ducted azimuth thruster, AUP115, which boasts a power range up to 3,500 kW, have also been delivered.

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