Hong Kong: Berg Propulsion's innovative feathering controlled pitch propeller has been selected by United Faith (Hong Kong) Group subsidiary Celestone Marine Engineering Co. Ltd, as part of a deal that looks to equip up to four state-of-the-art semi-submersible heavylift vessels with complete propulsion systems. The deal, which includes firm orders covering two vessels, plus options to equip a further two in the months ahead, will see installation of combination propulsion systems on each ship, involving traditional diesel engine plus electrically powered Azimuth driver systems from Berg, the Berg CPP with feathering capability, two Berg Azimuth Thrusters (BAT), and two Berg CP tunnel thrusters. The estimated delivery time for the Berg equipment is August 2011. ?The 50,000 dwt vessels, construction of which will commence in Nantong, China at the end of 2010, are under China Classification Society class and are rated ICE 1B. They will feature a fully open stern, DP-2 dynamic positioning capability and optimised ballast tank design. They will be capable of float-on/float-off, stern load-out and float-over operations. [28/10/10]
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