Becker Marine Systems has been elected by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding to design and supply the largest ever built full spade rudders for Zodiac’s container vessels of more than 90m2. The rudder type will be Becker Marine Systems’ well proven TLKSR® (Twisted leading edge king support rudder) for the 400m long and 54m wide 16,000 TEU container vessels.
This very remarkable order for six of the largest container ships continues the long, very professional and reliable business relation between STX Offshore & Shipbuilding and Becker Marine Systems. STX and Becker have already cooperated successfully in earlier large container ship projects. The rudders will be produced in Europe and Asia at Becker Marine Systems’ subcontracting fabricators.
Together with the order for the rudders, STX placed an order for 6 Becker Mewis Duct® with an option of 3 more for the STX MR Product Tankers for various ship owners. In total, Becker Marine Systems has received orders for 16 Becker Mewis Duct® for the same type and ship size from STX . The Becker Mewis Duct® are designed to gain up to 6% propulsion efficiency in loaded condition.
Source: becker-marine-systems, June 21, 2012