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Monday 6th November 2017

changes in the Representation of Norway

Steerprop Ltd. is pleased to inform that from November 1st, 2017 onward its representative in Norway is Willsfred Maritime Services AS.

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On the right Peter Kollerud, and on the left Steerprop Ltd's Managing Director Jussi Seppälä

Peter Kollerud from Willsfred Maritime Service AS brings with him 15 years of experience from the maritime industry. Peter´s experience includes offshore supply vessel brokering, Charterer for a large player in the LPG and VLCC segment, Sales Manager Wärtsilä Ship equipment and MAN Diesel and Turbo Marine Engines.

We know that his extensive knowledge in this area, will prove to be valuable in helping you with your azimuth propulsor needs. We consider ourselves to be fortunate to have him with us as we continue to deliver our high quality azimuth propulsors with outstanding lifetime economy to you.

You can find Peter's information under the contacts of Norway from our website, and for more information about Willsfred Maritime Service AS you can find from www.willsfred.no!

Welcome aboard Peter!

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Thursday 26th October 2017

Montreal ahoy!

Arctic Shipping Forum North America, 30 October – 1 November 2017

The largest Arctic shipping conference in North America will bring together experts speaking on a broad range of hot topic issues including the impact of the entry into force of the Polar Code, new Arctic shipping design and technology, innovation and infrastructure developments in the north.

Monday October 30th Steerprop, together with The Switch, will deliver a presentation about their new propulsion unit at the Arctic Shipping North America. Come visit us at our stand October 30 - November 1, and hear the latest news about our ice-cool breakthrough.

Monday 30th October 2017

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 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 funding goes into the energy and environment sector, and more than a third of 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/

Thursday 24th August 2017

Changes in the representation of China

Steerprop is no longer working with Powermaster Marine in China. Instead you can contact Steerprop Asia or our main office directly. Further details can be found on our contacts under China. 

Wednesday 28th June 2017

Joining forces with the Switch for ground-breaking propulsion unit

A new Steerprop CRP ECO LM propulsor featuring permanent magnet (PM) technology from the Switch has been unveiled. The lightweight, compact unit offers ship owners an unrivalled combination of efficiency, power, easy installation and maintenance as well as reduced lifetime costs.  

The new Steerprop CRP ECO LM propulsor utilizes a vertical PM motor, allowing it to sit inside a vessel hull, which simplifies installation and maintenance. When the motor is placed on top of the thruster, the unit size can be more compact, increasing efficiency without compromising on hydrodynamics and lowering operational costs.

While innovative propulsion units have been developed by Steerprop since 2001, The Switch, a leader in advanced drive train solutions, is using its proven technology to enhance performance in marine applications. The PM machine, currently in serial production, has a solid track record of operating in the world’s largest wind turbines in rough offshore conditions.

The contra-rotating propeller (CRP) units by Steerprop are well known for their excellent hydrodynamic efficiency, in some cases delivering up to 25% less fuel consumption than a single propeller”, comments Mika Koli, Business Development Manager of The Switch. “By combining their unit with our PM motor, which gives optimal efficiency throughout the entire speed range, we can take the vessel energy, emissions and cost savings to the next level”.

“We believe the unit sets a new benchmark for efficiency, simplicity, and reliable, predictable marine performance,” Mika continues.

Due to the propulsor being especially suited to harsh environment operation and the demands of ice breaking, having received the highest ice classification. It is robust and, thanks to its lightly loaded CRPs, offers lower noise and vibrations, enhancing levels of comfort onboard.

“This is now our third generation of CRP propulsors,” states Hannu Jukola, Senior Sales Manager, Steerprop, “and an important step forward, both for our business and marine propulsion performance in general.”

“By integrating The Switch’s PM motor into our solution, we create a compact unit with enhanced efficiency throughout the speed range. This delivers tangible benefits for all maritime stakeholders,” he says.

“Now vessel designers and builders have a solution that is simple to install, while owners and operators can ensure optimal performance and reduced costs through greater efficiency and simple maintenance. In addition, they can be better global citizens by cutting back on emissions. This is a best in class solution that fully capitalizes on the potential of two energy-efficient innovations, in one simple, effective and powerful propulsion unit,” Hannu concludes. 

More information about Steerprop on www.steerprop.com

More information about The Switch on www.theswitch.com

                                             


Wednesday 21st June 2017

Happy 10th birthday MatchINDUSTRY

Steerprop had the pleasure of receiving an acknowledgement from MatchINDUSTRY for having been their premium main partner since the beginning of their journey. MatchINDUSTRY was celebrating their 10th birthday in a city called Pori in Finland, and Steerprop participated as a guest of honor in the spectacular industrial event. The event was mainly dedicated for companies and organizations in the maritime industry and there were a couple hundred participants. Steerprop has found MatchINDUSTRY to be a one of a kind event for networking and finding new connections here in Finland. In Finland all industrial events are more fair like, and thus MatchINDUSTRY stands out and has been discovered to be something different. Our Purchasing Manager Satu Hietala has participated in the event several times over the years and states that the event is definitely worth everyone's while and that our company will for sure be participating in the future as well. 

Over 95% of the particiapants of the MatchINDUSTRY events have found new business partners and the holy grail of industrial events is definitely known as a yearly meeting point to gather with current- and new clients. Steerprop has discovered, not only new partners, but also companies in the electricity and automation departments introducing themselves and offering their services. Companies all the way from Norway participated in the hopes of possibly discovering new suppliers. "The MatchINDUSTRY event is also an exellent place to hear the latest news from the suppliers and the industry itself" says Jukka Mäkilä, the Supply Chain Manager of Steerprop. 

This year one of the big topics was the need of new professionals, such as designers, machinists and welders e.g. to the industry. Right now the, so to say, problem is not the lack of materials or suppliers, but the lack of professionals of the field, and multiple employees representing different companies were discussing the issue. Another topic that could be sportted was being supportive of the Finnish, or at least European suppliers and such in their production.

According to Satu Hietala, the atmosphere this year was even more full of togetherness, good spirits and trustful towards the future than in the recent years. Remaining positive and hopeful regarding the markets and believing in the future seemed to be the thought connecting everyone at the event. It was truly wonderful and refreshing participating once again and Steerprop Ltd. is truly honored of the tribute and the privilege of being a part of this 10th anniversary event. See you all at the next MatchINDUSTRY in 2018

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Steerprop CRP ECO LM

SP230CRPECOARC_LM_2 SYVÄTTY - RGB pieni.jpgThe eco-efficient Steerprop CRP ECO product line has been expanded by new, compact & cost-effective Steerprop CRP ECO LM propulsor with integrated vertical permanent magnet (PM) motor.

Steerprop CRP ECO LM with reduced lifetime costs, improved fuel-efficiency and low vibration & underwater noise levels offers benefits to ship owners, builders and designers alike, not to forget environmental benefits. The compact construction eases installation & maintenance and maximises onboard comfort.

Development of Steerprop CRP ECO LM began in 2015 with the idea to integrate a vertical electric motor on the propulsor, replacing the upper gear and separate electric motor. The main idea is to combine the excellent hydrodynamical features of Steerprop CRP ECO propulsors with an efficient and compact electric motor to create highly efficient, extremely compact propulsive unit.

Steerprop CRP ECO LM consists of mechanical azimuth propulsor, electric motor and shaftline with flexible coupling. The integrated PM motor, auxiliary electric systems & instrumentation are located inside the vessel hull above the waterline, thus enabling maximum reliability and easy service access. In addition, the compact arrangement results in saved space inside the hull.

No separate foundation is needed for the PM motor and the installation of Steerprop CRP ECO LM unit to the vessel is easy at late stage. The shaft-line and flexible couplings are in-built, with no separate shaft alignment needed during propulsor installation. The bearing & lubrication systems are integrated to the propulsor and equipped with stand-by systems. Propulsor cooling motors and lubrication pumps are frequency-converter -controlled, optimizing the auxiliary system power usage and enhancing the overall propulsive efficiency. The efficient electric steering with no hunting takes also power only when steering.

The PM motor with simple hollow rotor is lighter in wieght, and the in-built air/water cooling units are easy to connect to vessel water cooling circulation. The chosen PM motor has high efficiency through whole speed area, especially at the important lower powers and speeds. These beneficial features help to bring Steerprop CRP ECO propulsors to even higher level of efficiency and compactness - with the Steerprop CRP ECO LM concept.

For more information, please contact Mr Hannu Jukola, +358 40 838 8643 / hannu.jukola(a)steerprop.com) or Mr Aarno Niemi, +358 40 531 4827 / aarno.niemi(a)steerprop.com. Information packages are also available on Steerprop Extranet

Thursday 15th December 2016

Simon Møkster Shipping AS GETS imo polar code certificate FOR M/V Stril Polar

DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have issued the first polar ship certificate to the Norwegian platform survey vessel M/V Stril Polar owned by Simon Møkster Shipping AS.

IMO Polar code is an international set of rules, aiming to ensure a minimum standard for ships entering into the extreme conditions of Arctic waters and/or Antarctica. M/V Stril Polar is built for operation in cold climates, where guaranteeing the security of ship, crew and environment is essential. With DNV GL's risk assesment of the operation profile and review of the vessel's equipment done, M/V Stril Polar is the first Norwegian ship to achieve Polar Code certification. The vessel is equipped with two SP 35 CRP propulsors, each rated at 3 000 kW.

Steerprop Ltd. is proud to be a member of the team building this vessel and extends the warmest congratulations to Simon Møkster Shipping AS.

Monday 12th December 2016

cHRISTMAS 2016 & New Year 2017

At Christmas 2016, Steerprop Ltd. continues the tradition of donating all funds earmarked for holiday greetings to a reputable charity.

Steerprop Ltd. wishes all of its partners –  clients, representatives, agents or subcontractors -   Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year 2017!

Our office will be closed on 24-26 December 2016 and on 1st & 6th January 2017.

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Tuesday 29th November 2016

Steerprop new generation propulsion solutions

SP35WD_Blue_Anode_bottom.jpgThe reliability, efficiency and lifetime economy of Steerprop ducted propulsors has been verified in action in over a decade.                           To bring these qualities to an even higher level, Steerprop launches a new generation of ducted azimuth propulsors with upgraded design and improved technical features.

The new generation of SP propulsors offers agility and endurance in a compact package, with lighter weight construction, steel cast housing and enhanced robustness of the lower part. The design focuses on maximal hydrodynamic optimization for improved free-running efficiency and fuel-economy, with more slender body, smaller hub ratio and  new high performance HJ4-nozzle design. The HJ4-nozzle guarantees superior bollard pull and allows optimal nozzle positioning. Traditional sacrificial anodes have been replaced with a new, non-flow-disturbing shape cast anode.

The new generation SP propulsors are available with both electric and hydraulic steering, with direct diesel drive, electric motor drive and option for hybrid drive. A Shallow Draft version is also available, designed especially for confined spaces at the stem. The control system architecture is new from PLC to levers, enabling e.g. data collection on the performance history.

SP propulsors allow various installation methods to choose from and have a 15 years or longer   overhaul time, further lengthened by optional condition monitoring. The global Steerprop Service network guarantees effective and fast service to all SP propulsors.

For more information on the new generation SP propulsors, please contact Mr Hannu Jukola, +358 40 838 8643 / hannu.jukola(a)steerprop.com) or Mr Kari Kyyrö, +358 44 750 1135 / kari.kyyro(a)steerprop.com. Information packages are also available on Steerprop Extranet

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