The WST-24R is the industry’s first retractable thruster with a titled propeller shaft and combined electric retraction and steering!"
The Wärtsilä WST-24R is a powerful retractable thruster designed to provide auxiliary manoeuvring capability in dynamic positioning or station keeping operations. The 2400 kW power level makes it an ideal choice for shuttle tankers, and many offshore support and construction vessel types.
The excellent hydrodynamic efficiency and performance of the Wärtsilä steerable thrusters is enhanced by the 8 degree tilted propeller shaft, which provides to customers with a retractable thruster that has the lowest thruster hull interactions, making it the most efficient retractable thruster package in the market. The unique design means that customers can expect up to 20 percent more effective thrust than conventional non-tilted thrusters, depending on vessel configuration and application.
The Wärtsilä Retractable Underwater Mountable Thruster (WST-65RU) has been designed to meet the needs of large offshore construction vessels (OCVs) as well as semi-submersible rigs and drill ships.
With its power output up to 6500kW it is typically designed for vessels that require thrusters that can be retracted during transit of while entering shallow waters, to increase the level of operational flexibility. Additionally, the WST-65RU thruster can be mounted or de-mounted while the vessel is afloat, to facilitate thruster maintenance and overhaul during the operational lifecycle. The WST-65RU is the first retractable thruster in the market to feature the unique combination of retractable and underwater mountable functionality.
The WST-65RU is based on the WST-65U underwater mountable thruster which has been designed with performance and reliability as key requirements. The 8 degree tilted propeller shaft solution is a feature which is also found on Wärtsilä Underwater Mountable thrusters and reduces the interaction between the thrusters and hull significantly, thereby enhancing the dynamic positioning performance of the vessel. The outboard part of WST-65RU is exchangeable with WST-65u, optimizing maintenance and spare part strategies.
In combination with Wärtsilä’s PCMS (Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service) downtime and maintenance costs can be minimized.
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