Havyard and Esvagt chooses Steerprop’s LM propulsor

Steerprop has signed a contract to provide the main propulsion for Esvagt’s service operation vessel. The vessel will be built in the Havyard shipyard. Cooperation between Steerprop, Esvagt and Havyard has existed for a long time, and all three companies are highly motivated to develop new, innovative solutions for the maritime industry.

The order consists of three vessels to be equipped with next-generation Steerprop propulsors, SP 20 W D LM, which offer increased modularity, design flexibility, high hydrodynamic efficiency and mechanical robustness. The simplified LM propulsor construction is at the top of its class.

By utilizing the latest technologies, Steerprop LM propulsors will deliver increased overall performance. The propulsors are equipped with an in-built permanent magnet motor to create an integrated unit.

For maximum reliability and service access, Steerprop designed the electric motor inside the vessel hull, instead of outside the hull below the waterline, as is typical. To achieve this, a vertical electric motor with permanent magnet rotor was selected.

Auxiliary systems to the propulsor are not usually taken into account when calculating propulsion efficiency, although their normal operation with constant speed uses a lot of energy. By optimizing the energy consumption of the auxiliary system, total propulsive efficiency can improve by up to 1%.

Senior Sales Manager and Hydrodynamics Specialist Hannu Jukola emphasizes that from the first day Steerprop and its skilled personnel have focused on developing the best propulsors for the maritime market. The company combines the latest technology, carefully selected manufacturing methods, robust construction and best hydrodynamic efficiency on the market.

“We are on the path to define the next generation of propulsors to provide vessels all around the world with the best lifecycle costs, sustainable profit and a small carbon footprint,” he continues.

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Customer satisfaction – priority one

Quality management is at the foundation of all Steerprop operations. Over the last two decades, Steerprop has built a reputation for delivering high-grade propulsors tailored to specific requirements. Our foremost priority is to ensure our customers receive the best propulsors on the market, designed for their needs. Determined and experienced in the pursuit of quality design and manufacturing, Steerprop has developed comprehensive quality policy guidelines and processes, which have been DNV-GL certified since 2010.

We strive to deliver flawless propulsors that exceed our customer expectations. This kind of consistent quality requires attention, diligence and commitment, with propulsors tailor-made to ensure next-level efficiency – regardless of the vessel profile.

Well-defined methods, standardized routines and structured policies guarantee that expectations are always met and often exceeded – despite the wide design variations. To standardize our excellence, we have developed strict quality policy guidelines and a specialized in-house quality process to regulate our product development lifecycle.

Our management is committed to continuous product and process improvement, focusing on progressive performance enhancements every step along the way.

Our customers are always our focus. We strive to understand their needs and use our expertise to develop products to fit their requirements and seamlessly fit the other systems they use. Our customers’ satisfaction is what drives our business.

Our products are at the forefront of propulsor technology, with the latest innovations to make sure our customers receive advanced, efficient and reliable propulsor solutions. We build quality in – from planning, through design and manufacture, to service planning and support throughout our products’ lifetime.

Often using independent assessment, Steerprop manages quality in all ways, at all times:

  • Regular internal audits, with special in-house quality assessment
  • Auditing of partners and suppliers, to maintain Steerprop quality
  • Annual management reviews to foster continual improvement
  • DNV-GL certified, including ISO 9001:2015, with annual inspections.

Managing quality also means handling customer complaints. Steerprop treats this, rare though it be, as a priority – with long-term satisfaction always as our ultimate goal.

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According to Maiju Tsokkinen, Quality Manager at Steerprop, managing quality means being consumer-focused in every department and operation. Maiju mentions how much she enjoys working with customers and emphasizes that one of the biggest challenges is to maintain top quality in tailor-made projects – which is how Steerprop earned its reputation and where it excels. Just ask our customers.

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Steerprop is pleased to announce the launch of our new website.

Please note our refreshed logo and color scheme, as well as our sharpened mission and vision – for us and for all of our partners, suppliers and customers.

As you scroll through, free to give us feedback on our new look-n-feel. And feel free to send us ideas of how we can continue to fine-tune our new web pages to give you the type of information you need. We want to make it as easy as possible to work closely with Steerprop and our products, services and solutions.  

We look forward to working together with you in a fresh new way!

Press release

BALTIKA DEMONSTRATES OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY

The revolutionary oblique icebreaking rescue vessel Baltika, developed by Aker Arctic and propelled by Steerprop, is the first vessel ever built with an asymmetric hull design that allows it to break ice ahead, astern and sideways. Because of this, the relatively small icebreaker is able to open a wide channel in ice.

The Baltika departed from Murmansk on 20 March 2015 with a team from Aker Arctic on-board and sailed to the Kara Sea to carry out full scale ice trials. The testing program included performance tests in two distinct ice thicknesses in ahead and astern directions as well as in the oblique icebreaking mode. 

Various operational tests were also included to verify the maneuverability and operational capabilities of the vessels. The vessel was monitored by an automatic measurement system set up to record ice-loads on the ship’s hull through the whole three week voyage that concluded in Murmansk on 10 April 2015.

Although the ice conditions in the Gulf of Ob were on the upper end of the vessel’s designed icebreaking capability, the Baltika exceeded the required performance targets and expectation with a clear margin. The vessel could break 1.2 metre level ice in continuous motion when proceeding bow first and could achieve a speed exceeding 3 knots when moving astern. The oblique mode, which had never been tested in rea operations before, worked extremely well.

During operational tests, the Baltika demonstrated excellent maneuverability and rubble clearing capability in the port of Sabetta. The vessel also demonstrated its ability heavy compressive ice ridges without ramming them.

“Baltika’s voyage to the Gulf of Ob proves the exceptional operational capability of the oblique icebreaker concept in very difficult ice conditions,” Project Manager Mika Hovilainen of Aker Arctic says, “The vessel could operate in ice conditions that exceeded the design criteria used as the basis of the vessel concept. The Baltika could carry out the same operations as conventional icebreakers with just half of the propulsion power as well as perform maneuvers which are not possible for any other vessel currently in service.”

Baltika (IMO number 9649237) was built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (Helsinki, Finland) in co-operation with Shipyard Yantar JSC (Kaliningrad, Russia) based on Aker Arctic’s oblique icebreaker design, Aker ARC 100. The vessel is 76.4 metres long and has a beam of 20.5 metres. The diesel-electric power plant consists of three Wärstilä 9L26 generating sets with a combined output of 9MW.

The Baltika is propelled by three SP 60 PULL 2.5 MW Steerprop Azimuth Propulsors, two in the stern and one in the bow of the vessel. The dynamic positioning system, which also includes the oblique icebreaking mode, has been developed by Navis Engineering. The vessel is classified by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping in the Icebreaker 6 ice-class. In addition to icebreaking duties, the vessel is also fitted with a sophisticated built-in oil recovery system.

The Baltika is owned by the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport of Russia (Rosmorrechflot) and operated by the Russian Maritime Emergency Rescue Service (FGI Gosmorsspassluzhba).

Steerprop Ltd. is proud to be a part of the team that produced this revolutionary vessel.

OUR VISION IS GREEN AND CLEAN

Finland is a nation of world-class cleantech expertise. Cleantech Group and WWF ranked Finland as the world’s 2nd most innovative cleantech country in the 2017 Global Innovation Index. In 2016 Finland was selected as the greenest country on in the world. Relative to the population, Finland is the world’s leading researcher in the energy and environment field. More than 40% of the Finnish public R&D investments are made in cleantech. 

Cleantech Finland is a hub of Finnish cleantech expertise and sustainable innovations. Steerprop Ltd. was granted the Cleantech Finland membership in the summer of 2017. Steerprop Ltd.’s Azimuth Propulsors are forerunners in the field of propulsion efficiency and reliability. Being the expert in this demanding field of high technology, it’s vital to design and produce the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly products. which will make its end user the forerunner of cleantech in the maritime industry. increased propulsion efficiency will decrease the vessel’s fuel consumption, thus helping to reduce emissions. Steerprop Azimuth Propulsors are built with an advanced flush-fluid sealing system to ensure that the oil stays inside the propulsor and out of the sea. The improved efficiency of Steerprop propulsors ensures optimal performance and decreased fuel consumption. 

Steerprop is proud to be a part of Cleantech Finland, this innovative cleantech association. 

To learn more about Cleantech Finland, please visit their website http://www.cleantechfinland.com/