Spay, Germany, 23 March 2022

SCHOTTEL has reached a mutual agreement with Norfolk-based Lyon Shipyard that positions both companies for the expansion of the U.S. offshore wind industry. The agreement was established based on their shared long-term strategy to support both the existing market and the up-and-coming offshore wind farm industry.

U.S. wind farm operations will need a large fleet of Jones Act-qualified service operation vessels (SOVs), which will be fitted with thrusters and DP systems. These vessels will also require periodic drydocking, maintenance and thruster overhauls. Through their new partnership, Lyon Shipyard and SCHOTTEL are well-positioned to face the new challenges.

Johnny Gaskins, VP of production at Lyon Shipyard

Johnny Gaskins, VP of production at Lyon Shipyard: “Our partnership started with harbour tugs years ago. We overhauled the drive units here under SCHOTTEL’s supervision. Today, we have a plethora of Z-drives, including spare units and spare parts. We have established capacity here to be able to service SCHOTTEL propulsion systems in all power ranges.”

Gary Aucoin, President at SCHOTTEL Inc: “SCHOTTEL has extensive experience in the European offshore wind sector and the U.S. commercial workboat market. Benefitting from the worldwide network of expertise, the new agreement helps us to establish a first in class service base on the East Coast. With Lyon Shipyard, based in Norfolk, Virginia, we have a partner at our side that is located in the heart of the U.S. offshore wind coast. We are thus able to continue the level of service SCHOTTEL customers have come to expect.”

Under the deal, Lyon Shipyard invested in a 500-square-metre Z-drive maintenance building, and SCHOTTEL provides Lyon with technicians and technical support.

Lyon Shipyard premises in Norfolk, Virginia

SCHOTTEL thrusters for large-scale WTIVs

The global wind industry has a limited supply of dedicated Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs), and two of them are already equipped with SCHOTTEL thrusters – DEME’s Innovation and Jan de Nul’s Vole au Vent. More wind installation vessels, such as two for Jan de Nul, Voltaire and Les Alizés, are under construction with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems. Following their delivery later this year, they will be among the largest ships of their kind in the world.

About Lyon Shipyard

As one of the leading marine and industrial contractors on the East Coast, Lyon Shipyard provides customers with high quality repair and fabrication services. Customers are provided with services including marine electronics repair, industrial fabrication, barge mending, pier side repairs as well as hauling vessels out of the water for underwater repairs to equipment such as propellers, tailshafts, rudders, keel coolers and hull plating.


The SCHOTTEL Group, with its headquarters in Spay/Rhine, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of steerable propulsion systems for ships and offshore applications. Founded in 1921, the company has been developing and manufacturing azimuth propulsion and complete propulsion systems with power ratings of up to 30 MW for vessels of all sizes and types for more than 70 years. Around 100 sales and service locations worldwide ensure customer proximity.

100 years of SCHOTTEL

Learn more about the company’s beginnings and its impressive history here.

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