The Switch and Steerprop join forces for ground-breaking propulsion unit
Steerprop, a specialist in azimuth propulsion, has unveiled its new CRP ECO LM propulsor featuring permanent magnet (PM) technology from The Switch. The lightweight, compact unit offers shipowners an unrivalled combination of efficiency, power, easy installation and maintenance, and reduced lifetime costs, the company said in its press release.
Steerprop has been developing innovative propulsion units since 2001, while 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 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.
The Switch entered the marine segment in 2013, acquiring Wärtsilä Drives in Norway in November last year. The ambitious business, part of the EUR 3.3 billion turnover Yaskawa Electric Corporation, is now targeting growth of 200% in the sector across the course of the next five years.
About The Switch
The Switch, a Yaskawa company, is a pioneer in advanced drive train technology. The company has an installed base of over 13 GW of megawatt-class permanent magnet machine and converter packages. The main focus areas are wind, marine and special industrial solutions. The company’s innovative drive trains make an impact on profitable power generation and energy use, with the ultimate goal of lowering the cost of energy and operations. The Switch is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.
Steerprop is the center of azimuth propulsion technology. Steerprop Ltd. combines decades of experience and proven technology with the latest 3D-design software and advanced calculation methods to produce tailor-made azimuth propulsors of exceptional quality and excellent lifetime economy for demanding applications and operating conditions. Steerprop is headquartered in Rauma, Finland.