Michigan Wheel Partner Installs World’s First Carbon Fiber Propeller for Main Propulsion on a Merchant Vessel

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

May 2014 - Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd continues to innovate in the world of marine propulsion, successfully installing the first carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) main propulsion propeller on a merchant vessel. The propeller was installed on the Taiko Maru, a domestic 499 GT chemical tanker owned by Sowa Kaiun YK. The propeller was designed and built by Nakashima Propeller with support from ClassNK classification society of Japan who granted design and manufacturing approval. The Taiko Maru had previously installed CFRP propellers on its side thrusters in September of 2012. The successful performance of the side thrusters led to the decision to test... Read More