Steerprop’s response to COVID-19

At Steerprop, the well-being and safety of our customers, partners and employees are of our highest concerns.

Due the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Steerprop has encouraged its employees to work remotely, avoiding travel and face-to-face meetings. Our production unit is running with fewer personnel to secure that our deliveries run as smoothly as possible.

Spare part sales and deliveries will take place as usual. Emergency spares will be sent out during the same day, but non-urgent deliveries may take some additional time due to the situation.

If this situation extends, it may be difficult for us to receive parts from our suppliers, causing delays in our outbound deliveries.

Steerprop Care data analyzing service will not be affected. Only short delays may be possible in our scheduled reporting process. Our Steerprop Service 24/7 number can be reached at all times.

During this unusual time, we are fully committed to providing you with the best customer care and service possible. All of our team members can be reached by phone or email and are happy to answer your questions.

Open positions in design team

We are looking for reinforcement to join our Steerprop team in Rauma:

CHIEF DESIGN ENGINEERS

You are a Mechanical Engineer or M.Sc., a confident user of 3D design software and know the basics of material strength calculations.

You have at least three years of experience in machine and equipment design and are willing to work with the mechanical development of demanding and versatile products. You will be involved in the development of new products, as well as designing project-specific applications.

You have good social skills and are a persistent and focused planning professional. You can effectively manage technical functionality and can work under tight schedules and changing conditions.

Strong written and spoken English is necessary, and other languages are an advantage.

For more information:
Jari Vanhatalo, tel. +358 44 7501116. Contacts from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Please send your application with your salary request and curriculum vitae, by email for confidential review to steerprop@steerprop.com.

 


DESIGN ENGINEER

You are a Mechanical Engineer or M.Sc. and a confident user of 3D design software. You have experience in machine and equipment design and are willing to work with the mechanical development of demanding and multifaceted products. Basic knowledge of hydraulics and machine dynamics is an advantage.

As a member of an experienced development team, you get to take part in new product development and designing project-specific applications. The position gives an opportunity to become a top professional in the field.

Strong written and spoken English is necessary, and other languages are an advantage.


For more information:
Jari Vanhatalo, tel. +358 44 7501116. Contacts from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Please send your application with your salary request and curriculum vitae, by email for confidential review to steerprop@steerprop.com.

Open Position – Sourcing Manager

We are looking for reinforcement to join our Steerprop team in Rauma:

SOURCING MANAGER

As your responsibility, you will be developing our purchasing process. An essential part of the job will be to identify, evaluate and select new suppliers. In your role, you will head up our purchasing team and be responsible for timely and cost-effective sourcing. Your job scope will also include tracking, developing and reporting the key performance indicators for our procurement operations. 

We expect that you have experience from a similar sourcing position. Previous knowledge from heavy industry or any related manufacturing technology industry is an advantage. You are active, independent and motivated to develop your own skills and willing to learn new things. You have a determined approach to your job and good communication skills. You master the basics of IT and have a technical education. You also have a good command of writing and speaking in English. This position requires some traveling.

Please send your application latest by April 9, 2020, with your salary request and curriculum vitae, by email for confidential review to steerprop@steerprop.com.

For more information:
Kai Arvela, tel. +358 40 543 8311. 
18-20/03/2020, 13:30-15:00 pm
25-27/03/2020, 13:30-15:00 pm.

Industry expert appointed to drive Steerprop strategic ambition

Steerprop’s Board of Directors has appointed Riku-Pekka Hägg as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Hägg will begin in his new role at the start of January 2020.

As former Vice President of Ship Design at Wärtsilä, Hägg brings decades of maritime technology know-how, digital and strategic experience to Steerprop. This appointment will help strengthen the company’s strategic ambitions to take advantage of the upcoming changes in the marine industry.

“Steerprop shares my passions and values to ensure efficient and sustainable shipping in the future. Together with Steerprop’s skilled personnel, we have the possibility to make great things to happen for the company, the industry and the environment.” says Hägg.

Hägg is a well-known maritime technology strategist and thought leader internationally. He has been a strong advocate for safe, efficient and sustainable shipping in his role at Wärtsilä as well as in his role as Chairman of the Management Board at the ONE SEA alliance, an organization that is leading the way toward an autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025.

Hannu Heino, Chairman of Steerprop’s Board of Directors, describes Hägg to be an experienced business leader and strategist with strong experience in numerous leading positions. With his experience and technical background, the company can achieve a stronger position as a solution provider in the fast-changing maritime industry.

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“I’m very much looking forward to being part of one of the leading azimuth propulsion companies in the world. My main focus will be to bring greater value to Steerprop’s partners, suppliers and customers,” adds Hägg.

 

For more information:

Mrs. Johanna Innola
Marketing Communications Planner
Mobile: +358 44 750 1125
johanna.innola(a)steerprop.com

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Steerprop joins European Tugowners’ Association to enhance information sharing

During summer 2019, Steerprop joined the European Tugowners’ Association (ETA), which represents the interests of the towage sector at the EU level. This new membership aims to strengthen Steerprop’s ability to gain insight on evolving trends in the tug market sector and offers the company an opportunity to share knowledge about the latest propulsion development with other members.  

The European Tugowners’ Association has transformed over the years from a purely London-based association in 1963 to now representing the towage industry at a continental level. The association advocates the tug sector’s interests both in Brussels as well as in other European capitals and helps distribute information about the crucial role of this sector for the EU economies.

According to Tapio Aho, Sales Development Manager for Steerprop, this new membership allows Steerprop to keep up to date with the latest developments in the tug market and to participate in the association’s events.

“We’re also looking forward to meeting the decision-makers in the sector. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our knowledge of how the technology for main propulsion is developing and the benefits that Steerprop has to offer this particular workboat sector,” he says.

The ETA mission

The European Tugowner’s Association’s mission statement is: To be the voice of the European towage industry, to foster safety values and protection of the environment as well as to promote the interests and respond to the needs of the members.

Through policy and technical expertise, sharing best practice, and public affairs and communication activities, ETA aims to promote the towage industry interests and its contribution to EU trade. It also plays a significant role in implementing safety and sustainability in maritime activities.

Steerprop’s contribution to tugboats

Specifically for tugs and workboats, where endurance, reliability and agility are essential, Steerprop offers specialized designs and world-class expertise. The company’s ducted propulsors have proven their quality in tugboats all over the world. The latest generation of propulsors raises efficiency and robustness to unprecedented levels. They offer hydrodynamic enhancements for superior bollard pull and high free-running efficiency. With ice conditions or transit, Steeprop’s CRP is the right choice.

For more information:
Tapio Aho, Sales Development Manager, Steerprop Tel. +358 40 727 1203

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Celebrity Flora, the first expedition mega yacht of its kind specifically designed for the Galapagos Islands, started maiden voyage with Steerprop CRP

Shipyard De Hoop in the Netherlands selected Steerprop to deliver two contra-rotating propulsors (CRP) to Celebrity Flora, the brand-new innovative luxury expedition cruise vessel. On May 18, the ship set off on its maiden voyage towards Las Palmas before it crosses the Atlantic. For Steerprop, this marks the first delivery of its high-efficiency CRP technology to a seagoing cruise vessel.

In 2016, Steerprop was contacted by Shipyard De Hoop to give a proposal for a luxury cruise vessel propulsion system that required the highest levels of efficiency along with low noise and vibrations, both inside the vessel and under the water. De Hoop chose Steerprop as one of the contenders based on the good cooperation the two companies have enjoyed since 2001, the year Steerprop was founded.

“We’re really proud and excited to have been involved in this prestigious project,” says Jussi Tarvainen, Sales Manager at Steerprop. “This type of luxury vessel has extremely high demands for efficiency and performance, and we were able to fulfill them.”

“Expedition mega yachts like Celebrity Flora are a growing segment, and our propulsion technology and special expertise are perfect for sensitive environments and ice classes,” he continues.

Built-in efficiency

SP 20 CRP units were selected for the vessel based on their unsurpassed efficiency and ability to operate in strictly regulated marine environments. The dual-end CRP offers exceptional hydrodynamic qualities with its specially engineered underwater body. Noise levels and vibrations are extremely low, which was vital for this particular vessel.

In addition, CRP provides outstanding maneuverability with its advanced azimuth propulsor design and excellent efficiency. The vessel will also be able to take advantage of the high fuel savings and low emissions that the propulsion system provides.

To date, Steerprop has delivered over 800 propulsors operating reliability on a wide range of vessels, including ice-class units.

More about Celebrity Flora

Celebrity Flora began sailing in the Galápagos from Baltra on June 30, 2019. The most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the region, Celebrity Flora was designed specifically to explore the Galapagos. Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design concept gives guests 360-degree views of the islands at virtually every turn. The all-suite luxurious accommodations surround guests with every creature comfort, including service provided by personal attendants. Unique to Celebrity Flora are the first-ever glamping experience at sea in the Galapagos, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, which create a seamless sea-to-shore experience. Bookings are open at www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/ships/celebrity-flora or through a travel advisor, for the ship’s alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries and selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages, which feature either pre- or post-cruise expeditions.

More about Shipyard De Hoop

Shipyard De Hoop was founded in 1889 and has developed into one of the most established yards of the Dutch shipbuilding industry. At Shipyard De Hoop, the focus is on designing, engineering and building custom vessels, both for the inland and seagoing markets. Celebrity Flora was built at De Hoop Lobith, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland, one of the shipyard’s two shipbuilding facilities.

For more information, please contact:
Jussi Tarvainen, Sales Manager, Steerprop,
Tel. +358 44 750 1114

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Atlantic Towing aims for best-in-class energy efficiency with Steerprop’s propulsors

Steerprop will deliver two of its hallmark contra-rotating propulsor (CRP) units to Canadian Atlantic Towing Limited’s latest platform supply vessel (PSV), the Atlantic Harrier. The vessel will be designed and built by Havyard Ship Technology in Norway and is scheduled for delivery in April 2020. The new vessel is part of Atlantic Towing’s strategy to offer its customers large cargo capacities with outstanding fuel efficiency and low emissions.

Steerprop was selected thanks to its long relationship with Havyard Ship Technology and numerous successful propulsion projects that they have completed together. Atlantic Towing is a new customer for the shipbuilder.

“This marks another contract between Havyard Ship Technology and Steerprop, and a new ship to service,” says Hannu Jukola, Senior Sales Manager at Steerprop. “Our CRP technology is perfectly suited for this particular type of hull. Additionally, the propulsion system enables Atlantic Towing to reach the high level of energy efficiency that they aim to attain with their new large cargo PSVs.”

“We look forward to having Steerprop on board with us for this exciting project and have, as always, high expectations both for performance and the cooperation,” says Hanne Reite Keyn, Purchasing Manager at Havyard Ship Technology AS.

Steerprop will deliver two SP35 CRP propulsion units with a power of 2,100 kW per unit. The technology has been specifically designed for vessels that need to operate in the harsh Atlantic coastal conditions in the North Atlantic and North Sea. Along with having an Ice Class 1B notation, the new 294-foot-long PSV has a 10,785-square-foot deck area, large cargo tankage and can accommodate up to 54 people. 

Innovative dual-end contra-rotating propeller (CRP)

The Steerprop 35 CPR propulsor system offers outstanding speed and unsurpassed efficiency, thanks to the hydrodynamic qualities of the underwater body design. The dual-end CRP combines the exceptional maneuverability of azimuth propulsors with low-pressure pulses and noise levels.

To date, Steerprop has delivered over 800 propulsor units to vessels throughout the world. The design has been tested and verified in action for decades.

For more information, please contact:
Hannu Jukola, Senior Sales Manager, Steerprop, Tel. +358 40 838 8643

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New propulsion order for a newbuild icebreaker

Steerprop has received a new order for two 2.5 MW SP 60 PULL ARC propulsors to be delivered to a newbuild icebreaking vessel. This strengthens Steerprop’s position as a global supplier of propulsors of this size that can operate in extreme arctic conditions.

As the Arctic summer sea ice continues to melt, arctic routes are experiencing substantial increases in traffic. Although transiting via the arctic waters may cut as much as 50% off the days at sea, it also adds more risk of uncertainty to the route. With the ever increasing number of shipowners investing in vessels capable of navigating through ice, Steerprop’s 2.5 MW PULL ARC propulsors are gaining popularity for vessels that need free-running efficiency and ice-milling capabilities in icy waters.

Experience
matters

“We were selected to deliver this
special solution to a newbuild icebreaker, thanks to our long-term experience
in delivering robust propulsion technology to icebreaking vessels,” says Tapio
Aho, Sales Manager at Steerprop.

To date, Steerprop has delivered over 85 ice-class units, most of them now operating in some of the harshest arctic conditions. “This order strengthens our position in the market when it comes to providing demanding icebreaker applications,” he continues. “And we hope that this will open up other new similar opportunities in this niche business sector.”

Rugged
throughout

The Steerprop SP 60 PULL ARC propulsion
units have been designed and built with multiple layers of redundancies and
fail-safes for safe, reliable and efficient operations in the most extreme
operating conditions. These advanced propulsors combine ice-breaking power with
the reliability of mechanical construction and the accurate controls of modern
automation technology.  

This special azimuth propulsor
technology provides outstanding performance in all kinds of ice management operations.
The ability to direct the vectored thrust from the propeller in a full 360
degrees allows the vessel to widen fairways, blow ice ridges or free arctic
installations from the ice.

For more information, please contact:
Tapio Aho, Sales Manager, Steerprop, Tel. +358 40 727 1203

Remontowa W-series

New-generation Steerprop propulsion units for Polish Remontowa Shipyard being constructed

Two new multipurpose vessels, built by Remontowa Shipbuilding using Steerprop W series propulsion units, are now actively being constructed.

The project got its official start in March 2018, when the contract for construction and delivery was signed between Remontowa Shipbuilding SA and Szczecin Maritime Authority. Then, in June 2018, Steerprop became involved in the project. The company was contracted to supply two propulsion unit ship sets, each including a pair of Steerprop SP 25 WD propulsion units with a control system.

First in many ways

The Steerprop SP 25 W D type of propulsion units are the first in our new ‘workboat series’. The SP 25 W D unit’s lower part housing part is made of cast steel, compared to the previous Steerprop SP 25 D housing of separate bent and welded steel parts. Also, some other SP 25 W D unit structures, such as nozzles, feature improved designs compared to the traditional SP 25 D.

These are the first Steerprop products to receive PRS (Polish Register of Shipping) classification. Furthermore, since the class notation for the vessels will be PRS L1 ice class, this will be a new vessel category for PRS.

Advanced propulsion for excellent performance

Thanks to a flexible diesel-electric propulsion system, the 60-meter-long vessels will feature excellent maneuverability and dynamic positioning performance. In addition, with a deadweight capacity of 350 tons, they can achieve a solid bollard pull of 40 tons at a speed of 15 knots. Additionally, sustainability built into the propulsion system’s design will lower fuel consumption and corresponding emissions.

The delivery of the first propulsion set to Remontowa’s shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, is scheduled for early spring 2019. The second set will be delivered in summer later the same year. Both vessels are expected to be ready for service by June 2020.

Multipurpose all around – year round

The new vessels will be used for key statutory tasks for Poland’s Maritime Authorities in the ports of Szczecin and Gdynia in Poland, replacing two aging buoy tenders – Planeta and Zodiak – in use since 1982.

Their service will mainly include inspection, maintenance, transportation and replacement of navigational buoys. However, the vessels will also be fitted for hydrographic tasks, such as depth measurement, data processing and map amendment. And in case of emergencies at sea, they will be capable of emergency response, including towing operations, oil spill recovery, firefighting and other search-and-rescue tasks.

To further enhance their year-round buoy tender capabilities, both of them will feature high-impact icebreaking power, therefore making them capable of efficient ice management operations in the wintertime. With the advanced design and robust mechanical construction of their propulsion systems, icebreaking endurance will be built-in.

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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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