Merchant Gear Design

For merchant vessels, Schelde Gears has extensive experience in designing standard SISO and DISO reduction gears across a wide range of applications. These include those for fixed and controllable pitch propulsion systems, as well as waterjet propulsion systems on:

  • Cruise Liners and Fast Ferries with diesel, gas turbine or electric drives
  • Fast catamarans
  • Roll-on roll-off vessels
  • Tankers
  • Container ships

Depending on the application, the gear system can be designed with features such as:

  • Light-weight design
  • Low-noise design
  • Integrated main thrust bearing
  • External thrust bearing
  • Built-in wet plate friction clutches
  • Built-in self-synchronizing clutches
  • Integrated lube- and clutch control oil systems
  • Instrumentation for unmanned machinery spaces
  • Power take off / take in arrangements
  • Turning gear
  • Shaft locking system
  • Shaft brakes for input and/or output shafts
  • Resilient mounting system
  • Integrated or external sump

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We have more than 100 years of experience in the design and production of propulsion gears for navy applications.
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Field Services

Our main activities cover the repair, overhaul, inspection and failure analysis of marine propulsion gears.

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Computational Engineering

Our engineers are experts in a wide range of fields including contact analysis, fluid & gas flow and heat transfer.

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If you have any questions or if you wish to discuss specific needs, please donĀ“t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Schelde Gears B.V.
Visserijkade 7
4382 ZA Vlissingen
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 85 07 10 600

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