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Ship thrusters and thruster solutions

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Ship thrusters for all vessel types

Choosing a thruster should start from the vessel’s operational profile. Because you will also want to optimise the total cost of ownership, you need a thruster that’s reliable and robust. Thrusters work in extreme conditions and they must work safely and reliably, with minimal maintenance.

Your safe choice will be a thruster proven in the field for many years. Wärtsilä has thrusters delivered over 30 years ago that are still in operation.

Thruster solutions

Watch this video to learn more about Wärtsilä thrusters and propulsion controls for heavy-duty dynamic positioning:

Customer cases

Discover the benefits others have already gained from efficient, high-performing thrusters.

  • Finnlines’ three new RoRo vessels

    New RoRo vessels enjoy improved efficiency and sustainability with Wärtsilä’s electric hybrid propulsion and energy management and optimisation systems.

    Discover the Wärtsilä hybrid technology
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    The world’s largest retractable thrusters

    Performance of the propulsion solutions supplied by the technology group Wärtsilä exceeded the design specification and contributed to the success of the sea trials for the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV).

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    El Coquí and Taíno

    El Coquí and Taíno will be the very first LNG powered, American flagged, container RoRo ships. They will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico on a weekly rotational basis.

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  • Stena Polaris
    Stena Polaris

    The Stena Polaris is a P-MAX tanker owned by Concordia Maritime. The vessel combines transport economy and flexibility with the very highest safety level. The vessel has been built to ice class 1 A specification, which means that it is well equipped to sail in ice-covered waters where broken ice can be up to 0.8 m thick.

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  • Gaschem Nordsee
    Gaschem Nordsee

    Wärtsilä supplied the complete propulsion systems for the Gaschem Nordsee designed for the transportation of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or (LEG) liquefied ethylene gas.

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  • Stadt Valiant

    The Valiant is a 90 BP escort tug powered by two Wärtsilä 8L26 engines, and is well suited for missions such as offshore terminal assistance and coastal towing.

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  • RRS Discovery
    RRS Discovery

    The Royal Research Ship Discovery is designed to support the multidisciplinary research required for the 21st century. The ship is the fourth vessel to bear the name and continues the tradition of oceanographic research at sea.

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  • Reynaert

    The Reynaert entered service in 2007. The major part of the pumping power is delivered by the three Wärtsilä 6L26 engines. The ship is also equipped with two Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers, one Wärtsilä transverse thruster and Wärtsilä propulsion controls.

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  • Nor Valiant
    Nor Valiant

    Delivered in 2008, the 78m ROV / Subsea Vessel Nor Valiant is a highly specialized vessel designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design for a wide range of subsea support work.

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  • Normand Installer
    Normand Installer

    Delivered in 2006, the Offshore Construction Vessel Normand Installer by Wärtsilä Ship Design is equipped with a complete Wärtsilä package.

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Insights on thrusters and propulsion

Discover these insightful articles – an easy way for you to build your knowledge of thrusters and other propulsion solutions.

Heavy Lift Jack-Up Vessel
30 Nov 2023 · Article
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Retractable thrusters: five features that matter when station keeping in offshore operations
Station keeping is essential for offshore vessels –...
The right bow thruster will minimise vessel resistance
9 May 2023 · Article
4 min read
How the right bow thruster can increase efficiency and save you money
Choosing the cheapest bow thruster may be a costly mistake. Learn the three...
Trusted thruster performance
15 Mar 2021 · Article
3 min read
Trusted thruster performance – 50 years of maneuverability and station keeping
When it comes to thrusters it’s all about maneuvering and station...

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