The Belgium Navy’s latest vessels are fitted with Bruntons Propellers’ propeller and stern gear packages, according to the company press release.
The first ship, the ‘Castor’, has already been launched and during trials demonstrated exceptional performance for a steel hulled displacement vessel of her size. Fully loaded she cruised at over 22.5 knots and on one engine maintained 17.5 knots.
The twin screw sterngear packages were designed by Bruntons Naval Architects and include shaft lines with total lengths of approximately 11.5 metres each and diameters of 200mm. The 5 blade fully CNC machined propellers, have a diameter of 2130mm.
The Belgium Navy’s flagship, ‘Castor’ is expected to enter service during the course of 2015.