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Dynamic positioning capability has become the norm for today’s
Offshore or Platform Supply Vessels and Anchor Handling Tug Supply
boats. Thrustmaster tunnel and azimuth thrusters are used
by all major operators, including Tidewater, Seacor, Edison Chouest,
Trico and Seabulk.
For new vessel applications, diesel-electric propulsion systems
are very popular, either using electric motor driven Z-Drives
augmented with one or more bow thrusters, or using conventional
main drives in combination with electric motor driven bow and
stern thrusters, tunnel or retractable azimuth type. Also
very popular, especially for upgrades and conversions of existing
vessels, are hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, either tunnel
or retractable azimuth type. The hydraulic drive provides
an economical and technically superior solution.
Read about a comparison of the benefits of tunnel thrusters
and retractable azimuth thrusters.