Babcock Marine’s Samuel Beckett Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are being built for the Irish Naval Service as a part of a fleet replacement programme.
Piening Propeller provides custom-designed propellers, ship propulsion systems and dedicated repair solutions to the naval industry.
Propulsion systems for new and existing vessels
Piening Propeller’s power package is a full propulsion system, which can be integrated into a vessel’s structure, providing an excellent solution for new ships.
The firm also caters to existing vessels and systems by a wide range of repair services and supply spare parts. Many of these repair contracts come from the busy shipping industry, whereas new builds tend to be from niche markets, such as mega yachts, naval vessels, coast guard boats and research ships.
Vast experience in the propeller industry
Piening Propeller provides flexibility, experience and expertise, first entering the commercial shipping market in 1929.
The firm is dedicated to making sure that its competence and knowledge derived from these years of experience is retained within the business.
Managing director and share holder Mathias Pein, who represents the third generation of this families company, said: "We train all of our workers ourselves and we do not rent any contractors. All of our workers are fully in-house and in some cases have been working with the company for 20-30 years.
"This allows us to deliver the high quality expected by our customers in more demanding markets like mega yachts and defence."
"The company employs more than 65 dedicated and highly skilled staff. This allows Piening Propeller to offer flexible service options to its customers, which has proven vital in establishing real relationships with clients and retaining long-term business. "
Custom-designed vessel propellers
Every propeller supplied by Piening Propeller is custom-designed to meet the requirements of its intended vessel. They are made to run efficiently, smoothly and silently, based on customer requirements.
The firm supports its design applications by incorporating ZF gearboxes into its propulsion systems.
Piening Propeller also operates a dedicated repair and maintenance department. All of the company’s workshops are run in accordance to the necessary class of certification, which apply to production, repair work and welding as well as other areas.
Its commitment to developing new products and considering new areas of business is also important. Recently, the company developed a range of thrust bearings, to be part of the stern gear. The goal is optimal performance and efficiency, which is something that has been achieved with prototype models of new systems running already.
Contracts for rescue vessels
At present Piening Propellers is servicing a number of contracts for rescue vessels and actively seeking further contracts for vessels belonging to Germany’s authorities. It is a competitive market, however, with its proven track record of uncompromising quality and impressive portfolio of previous custom, Piening Propeller is well placed to win new business in the coming months.
In the future, the company is keen to grow its workforce from around 65 to 70-75 workers and to further develop its pristine reputation as a world-class provider of ship propulsion systems.