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THRUSTMASTER - From 85 hp to Infinity
By Greg Trauthwein, editor Maritime Reporter
- Talk to Joe Bekker for five minutes and you know hes
living the American Dream. Bekker, the founder, owner
and president of Thrustmaster of Texas, came to Houston from
The Netherlands in 1979 and has never looked back. An innovator
and entrepreneur, Bekker has helped Thrustmaster of Texas evolve
from its initial contract a single 85 hp outboard propulsion
unit for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1980s
to a $150 million company today: heres how.
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In this climate, learn to do more with less
By Rebecca Ferrier (email@example.com)
- Joe Bekker, President, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. spoke
to IT&O. He said: All markets have been affected by
this recession, but the greater impact seems to be on those operators
who feel the crunch of restrictive government regulations and
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- Visit Thrustmaster and Tug&OSV
- International WorkBoat Show - 5th-7th December
Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Thrustmaster Texas, booth 1335
THRUSTMASTER to DP McDermott Heavy-Lift and Pipelay Vessel
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Houston, TX - March 2012
- McDermott has awarded a major contract to Thrustmaster of
Texas to upgrade its Derrick Barge DB30 with dynamic positioning
capabilities (DP-2). Thrustmaster of Texas will provide McDermott
with a turnkey DP solution for its heavy-lift and pipelay vessel
which will include eight 2,000hp retractable hydraulic thrusters
combined with a comprehensive suite of Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning
DP-2 electronic control systems.
Once the upgrades are completed, the 420-foot vessel will operate
in Asia Pacific waters conducting deepwater and subsea installations
where DP operations provide differentiating installation solutions.
"Winning this important contract illustrates Thrustmaster
of Texas' world leadership in providing large-scale, turnkey
dynamic positioning solutions to major international marine operators,"
said Joe Bekker, President of Thrustmaster of Texas.
- Bert Ault, International Sales Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Future USS Coronado Launches with Thrustmaster
Alabama- January 14, 2012-
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- In a time-honored ceremony, amid much pomp and tradition,
the majestic 418-foot (128m) trimaran built by Austal in Mobile,
Alabama officially became the future USS CORONADO (LCS 4).
- With a Thrustmaster hydraulic retractable azimuthing thruster
under her bow, the U.S. Navy's newest ship was christened today
before hundreds of distinguished guests and navy brass.
- The CORONADO is the second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that
Thrustmaster of Texas has provided with secondary propulsion
equipment. The first, USS INDEPENDENCE (LCS 2), was commissioned
in January of 2010 and is now fully operational.
- On the heels of this momentous event, Thrustmaster of Texas
is also announcing the receipt of an additional order from Austal
for two retractable hydraulic thrusters for LCS 6 and LCS 8.
LCS 6 will be named USS JACKSON, and LCS 8 will be named USS
MONTGOMERY. The retractable azimuthing thruster gives the ship's
captain more maneuverability at low speeds and provides a second-chance
propulsion system during combat.
- "The U.S. Navy's vote of confidence for Thrustmaster's
advanced marine propulsion systems is something we are very proud
of here in Houston," said Kendall Baudoin, Sales Manager
of Military and Government Accounts at Thrustmaster of Texas.
"Not only is Thrustmaster of Texas a world leader in design
and manufacture of retractable thrusters, but we are also the
only U.S. based manufacturer of such equipment. Our partnership
with the U.S. Navy seems only natural."
- Contact: Kendall Baudoin, Government and Military Accounts
President of EX-IM Bank Visits Thrustmaster
- Houston - November 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- On Friday, December 2, 2011, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
hosted a visit by Mr. Fred Hochberg, Chairman of EX-IM Bank of
- As a significant exporter of capital goods for the marine
industry Thrustmaster enters 2012 with $200M in export sales
on the books from contracts with shipyards in China, Korea, Brazil,
- Working with companies like Thrustmaster, EX-IM Bank strives
to meet the goal of the President's National Export Initiative
(NEI) to double exports by 2015.
- EX-IM Bank recently reported a record breaking year approving
over $32 billion in financing supporting approximately 300,000
US jobs. Thrustmaster employs approximately 300 in Houston, TX.
- During this visit Mr. Hochberg met with Thrustmaster President
Joe Bekker to discuss expanding credit options that will open
more doors for new credit facility with Amegy Bank (NASDAQ-ABNK)
which is backed, in part, by EX-IM Bank. Mr. Bekker and Jim Jennings,
General Manager for Thrustmaster then led a tour of Thrustmaster's
200,000 sq ft brand new thruster factory, the largest of its
kind in the world. Attending were
- Ex-Im Bank
- Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman
- Patrick Crilley, Director-Southwest Regional
Export Finance Center
- Joe Bekker, President
- Jim Jennings, General Manager
- Greg Ault, Controller
- Rob Watson, Marketing Manager
- Amegy Bank
- Scott J. McLean, CEO
- T.J. Raguso, Senior Vice President &
International Division Mgr.
- Michael Adams, Senior Vice President (Domestic
- Juan Acevedo, Vice President (International
- Leigh Akin, Senior Vice President & Communications
Thrustmaster Hosts Marine Technology Society Bar-B-Que Fund
- Houston - Thursday, October 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- The 2011 Annual Barbecue Fundraising Social was held on Thursday,
October 20, 2011 and host Thrustmaster contributed to the largest
turnout ever. The assembly floor of the factory was converted
to a mini exhibition hall where 70 vendors set up.
- Melissa Wood, chair of the B-B-Q commitee said, "What
a great event and what an impressive turnout of generous sponsors,
enthusiastic exhibitors and a record-breaking attendance of 568
- 86 of which were students! Who said that the oil and gas industry
was only made up of greying heads? Thank you to our hosts Thrustmaster
of Texas and volunteers Melissa Wood (Fugro Geoservices), Chief
barbecue chef - Terry Dailey, (Schlumberger), Barbecue cooks
Chuck Richards and Rick Cisneros (C.A. Richards and Associates),
Silent Auction Chair Wendy Post (Seatronics) and a host of other
volunteers. Profits raised from the barbecue will help fund our
growing scholarship program. More details here.
Top Trade Diplomat Visits Thrustmaster Delegation
- London- September 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- During a recent defense exposition in London, England, Thrustmaster
executives were honored by a visit from Barbara Stephenson, Deputy
Chief of Mission from the U.S. Trade Commission attached to the
U.S. Embassy in London. Thrustmaster of Texas is truly
a U.S. business success story as exports account for over 80%
of our sales, explained Kendall Baudoin, Thrustmasters
sales manager of military and government accounts. This
clearly demonstrates that the world has embraced the quality
and craftsmanship of Thrustmaster marine propulsion equipment.
- Kendall Baudoin; Barbara Stephenson, Deputy
Chief of Mission from the U.S. Trade Commission
Thrustmaster President Joe Bekker Interview at Offshore Brasil
- Exclusive 6/11/2011
International Destination and Showing It
Off On The Sidebar)
- Following the pre-salt exploration market Brasil is dedicated
toward finding partners and investors with emphasis in the area
of offshore semisubmersible rigs and support vessels. These are
areas where Thrustmaster excel. By providing both, full engineering
services and the entire manufacturing process of dynamic positioning
thrusters and systems, vessel and rig owners .
Thrustmaster President Joe Bekker attended the Brasil Offshore
Show in Macae, Rio de Janerio in June of 2011. It is well pointed
out in some of these interviews from Upstream Online.com that there is
a strong connection between Brasil and the Houston energy sector.
This exhibition brought in 45% more visitors leading the show
organizers to commit the venue for the next 10 years. Thrustmaster
has already started planning for the next show.
- Thrustmaster's stand was managed out of the Houston office
under the guidance of Wim LaMaitre, General Manager and Regina
Brito of our Thrustmaster do Brasil, Ltda. office.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Visits Hyundai Heavy Industries
- Thu 5/26/2011
President Joe Bekker visits Hyundai Heavy Industries following
the signing of a contract for the supply and installation of
multiple sets of 5MW azimuth thrusters. The thrusters will be
installed in the next generation deep water drill ships being
built at Hyundai's shipyard in Ulsan, Korea. This agreement marks
a milestone as one of the first of many to follow with the industry
giant. See more information at Marine Log by clicking the link.
- From left to right are Mr. Young-Beom Sohn, General Manager
Material Purchasing Dept, Shipbuilding Division, Mr. S. I. Han,
Executive Vice President - Corporate Procurement Center, Mr.
Joe Bekker, President of Thrustmaster, Mr. David B. Yoo, Deputy
General Manager - Shipbuilding Purchasing Dept, Shipbuilding
Division, Mr. Chang Sung Kun, Senior Vice President, and Mr.
Yeong Jin, Hong, Korean Special Projects Manager for Thrustmaster.
OTC Open House at Thrustmaster's Houston Factory
- Sunday May 1, 2011
of Texas, Inc. held its annual OTC party on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
We were honored to invite our customers to cocktails, Tex-Mex
dinner, and tours of our facility.
- Visitors welcomed a tour of the factory and products in various
stages of process and spoke with engineers and managers about
many of the facets of Thrustmaster operations. Of course, the
evening was about taking a moment to relax before the busy OTC
show begins so guesses enjoyed a Mariachi Band, evening drinks,
and the handing out of door prizes as they mingled with industry
leaders from around the world having similar interests.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Receives Contract From Hyundai
Monday March 21, 2011
of Texas, Inc. received a contract from Hyundai Heavy Industries
for the supply and installation of multiple sets of 5MW azimuth thrusters for the next generation
deep water drill ships being built at Hyundais shipyard
in Ulsan, Korea. The vessels are of the Gusto P10,000 design
and are capable of drilling in water depths of up to 10,000ft.
Each vessel uses six underwater mountable thrusters for dynamic
positioning per ABS DPS-3 specifications. The units are manufactured
at Thrustmasters ultra modern facilities in Houston, Texas,
claimed by Thrustmaster to be the largest thruster factory in
the world. The vessels will be owned and operated by Diamond
Offshore, one of the worlds leading offshore drilling contractors.
- Each thruster is driven by a 5,000 kW variable speed electric
motor and can generate about 90 metric tons of open water thrust
in any horizontal direction. With their 97 degree angle gears,
the thruster wake is angled downward, away from the vessel bottom,
substantially eliminating thrust losses due to hull interaction
and thruster-to-thruster interaction. The thrusters are capable
of holding the vessel on station during drilling operations in
waters with up to 1.5 knots current, 20 feet wave height and
50 knots wind speed. The thrusters also serve as the sole means
for main propulsion of the vessel.
- Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is a leading supplier of tunnel
thrusters and azimuth thrusters in a range from 75 to 8,000 kW.
For further information, go to www.ThrustmasterTexas.com.
- For high quality print images and/or text
document versions please do not hesitate to contact Rob Watson
(See PDF Press Release)
New Products Video - Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
- Thursday February 03, 2011
video includes new products and vessels with Thrustmaster Products.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation
based in Houston, Texas with offices in Europe, Singapore, and
Dubai. Thrustmaster manufactures heavy duty commercial marine
propulsion equipment including deck-mounted propulsion units,
thru-hull azimuthing thrusters, retractable thrusters, tunnel
thrusters, Z-drives and portable dynamic positioning systems.
- All products are developed in-house by a complete engineering
department for mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic
design. Tooling includes state-of-the-art computer equipment
with software packages for Computer-Aided-Design (CAD), vessel
resistance and propulsion, 3-D mathematical modeling and ANSYS
Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The application of modal analysis,
stress and strain analysis as well as rotor dynamic analysis
of drive trains and transmissions are major fundamentals towards
the reliability and quality of Thrustmasters products.
Euronaval Interview -Thrustmaster
- Thursday Oct 28, 2010 (TMOT Press Release)
his first appearance at Euronaval 2010 in Paris Thrustmaster
President Joe Bekker is interviewed by a tivipro.tv business
- Hear more by clicking the link to the left. (If
you cannot watch the video - Flash Player Required)
Holland Shipbuilding Magazine Features Thrustmaster
- Thursday July 8, 2010 (TMOT Press Release)
- Holland Shipbuilding
Magazine features Thrustmaster's International Sales and Marketing
- Excerpt: "The sales departments, captained by Mr.
Bert Ault, are now working on tenders for almost all the major
oil companies in the world, impressive names can be considered
as a valued relation to Thrustmaster, like: BP, Chevron, Exxon
Mobile, Gazprom, Gulf Oil, Petrobras, Shell, Sonangol, Stratoil,
Texaco & Total. At this moment a lot of orders come from
upgrading well stimulation vessels and tankers to
DP 2 shuttle tankers. A number of Thrustmasters portable
DP-systems are dedicated to simply bringing barges to a drill
location; these barges will sink down onto a well (of course
after removal of the portable propulsion systems) and will be
cemented in at a depth of approximately 1,500 meters. These cemented
in barges will function as base stations to which DP shuttle
tanker can be connected."
- Read more by clicking the PDF link to the left.
Lean Manufacturing Training At Thrustmaster
Thursday April 15, 2010 (TMOT Press Release)
Cañas, Manufacturing Manager for Thrustmaster gives the
second of two classes on Lean Manufacturing Methods in Thrustmasters
new training room. Employees attending this class represent all
facets of the manufacturing process from senior engineers to
Thrustmaster is focusing on the relentless pursuit for the
elimination of waste throughout the entire business structure.
Holland Shipbuilding - Hybrid Technology at Thrustmaster
Thursday April 08, 2010 (TMOT Press Release)
Shipbuilding has taken special interest in Thrustmaster's investment
direction for Hybrid Technology. As more countries demand the
reduction of a vessels carbon output while loitering, Thrustmaster
has taken steps to embrace future involvement in providing such
value added systems.
American Bureau of Shipping Features Thrustmaster
Monday, March 29, 2010 (TMOT Press Release)
of Texas is featured in the Surveyor, a quarterly magazine from
ABS and includes
the cover image with the comment, The world of offshore
energy turn on craftsmanship. Here, two workers bring a giant
thruster towards completion in Thrustmaster of Texas new
plant. Dynamic positioning, offshore oil and gas and offshore
wind power and their areas of intersection - are the subject
of this issue of Surveyor.
New Cruise Ship 3 Months Ahead of Schedule
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - (TMOT Press Release)
brand new American Cruise Lines ship, Independence, being built
at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, was taken on its first underway trials
yesterday. This important milestone trial occurred three months
ahead of schedule. Maneuvering and equipment tests were performed
successfully while the ship was underway in the Wicomico River.
American Cruise Lines will run the Independence on 7-14 night
cruises beginning on June 12, 2009 with 102 passengers on the
East Coast. The ship has a number of important differences from
other ships that Chesapeake has built for American Cruise Lines,
including a wider beam and active wing stabilizers. The wider
beam will allow for larger staterooms, public spaces and private
The Independence is equipped with twin Caterpillar C-32 main
engines putting out nearly 1,500 horsepower each, and bow and stern thrusters from Thrustmaster of
Texas. The ship also has three 250kw Caterpillar C-9
generators, a 100kw Cummins generator and Rolls Royce Aquarius
50 active wing stabilizers.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. posts outlook for 2010
an article regarding the outlook for 2010 for the marine industry
from Holland Ship Building Magazine, Thrustmaster president Joe
Bekker is interviewed regarding Thrustmaster's outlook for 2010.
Amid the doom and gloom articles that seem to be dominating
our industry Mr. Bekker puts a positive note into the article
as we prepare to enter 2010. In addition to the positive outlook
Mr. Bekker also announces the addition of an investment in Hybrid
Propulsion Systems and strong alliances in Ice Class applications
for Arctic and other Ice Class vessels.
Thrustmaster Trains Napro Service Employees
Napro (Brazil) attended training on hydraulic and other thruster
issues at the Thrustmaster Factory Training Center in Houston.
Sessions included time in the classroom as well as hands-on
sessions in the factory.
Holland Shipbuilding Magazine Features Thrustmaster
conjunction with two trade shows these past few months (one in
Scotland and the other in Rotterdam) Holland Shipbuilding Magazine
featured Thrustmaster in several well written articles. Special
focus was given on Dutch native Joe (Jos) Bekker, President of
the company and the new factory.
Setting up the articles Thrustmaster Europe, B.V.'s manager,
Hans Hoek took special pride in the fact that Joe hails from
Holland. Hans played a pivotal role in setting up the European
shows which helped increase Thrustmaster's visibility to the
North Sea market.
With over 800 exhibitors and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands,
Jan Peter Balkenende appearing at the AHOY ROTTERDAM 09 show,
it was still no surprise that Joe Bekker was the only Thruster
Manufacturer to be interviewed for the shows hallmark video that
played to arriving visitors. His optimism shows in this interview
with film makers as the Rotterdam show proved to be one of the
busiest in years.
Graham Gulf: Bigger is Better
- Earlier this
year C&G Boat Works Inc. launched the Gulf Princess for owner
- Originally conceived as a 175 by 34-foot vessel the decision
was made during construction to add a ten foot extension bringing
the vessel length to 185-feet.
- The original power package was retained. This included four
1800-horsepower Cummins KTA50-M main engines turning 48-inch
propellers through ZF 4650 gears with 2.5:1 reduction.
- A Cummins 6CTA8.3DM engine powers the Thrustmaster TH250RT retractable bow thruster.
Two Cummins 85 KW 6BTA5.9DM/Newage generator sets supply the
vessels electrical requirements.
- The Gulf Princess is DP-1 rated. A sister vessel, to be named
the Sybil Graham, is currently in build for delivery in the third
quarter of 2009. The Sybil Graham will be classed DP-2.
IEEE Egyptian Engineering Day Features Thrustmaster OD150
(Arab Development Group) sent us this picture from an Egyptian
news paper highlighting Egyptian Engineering Day in Al-Azhar Conference
Center, Nasr City, Cairo, on 26th, 27th& 28th July 2008.
In the foreground is one of hundreds of self contained hydraulic
thrusters (shown right) produced by Thrustmaster for the Egyptian
IEEE Egyptian Engineering Day is the annual nexus for IEEE engineers
in Egypt, organized by the IEEE Egypt GOLD Affinity Group in
conjunction with the Arab Academy for Science & Technology.
This event is an opportunity for electrical, electronic, computer,
biomedical, chemical & mechanical engineering professionals
to meet new associates in the field, share ideas, collaborate
on their graduation projects and learn something new. It is the
place where industry and university enter a win to win situation."
- ***Source: ieeegoldegypt.org
Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp delivers the Woodland
Car Ferry to the State of Delaware
It is the third ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed
and built at its Salisbury facility.
The Ferry is the only car ferry operated by the Delaware Department
of Transportation and has operated at the Woodside site for over
Length o.a. 94 ft
Beam 31 ft
Draft 2.5 ft
Hull 4 ft
Powered by Thrustmaster hydraulic
tunnel drives and ramps
Chesapeake Shipbuilding has over 30 years of industry experience
and designs and builds commercial ships up to 300 feet in length,
with specialization in the design and construction of passenger
vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc.
Chesapeake Shipbuildings construction yard is located
on 13 acres of level land, with nearly 2000 feet of deepwater
bulkhead, along the protected waters of Marylands Wicomico
River. It has 2 construction basins, 3 level construction/side
launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and various hull
fabrication buildings and shops.
Chesapeake Shipbuilding offers long-term career opportunities
with room for growth.
Thrustmaster Named Fastest Growing Manufacturing Company
this years Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. Magazine has
named Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. as the fastest growing privately
owned manufacturing company in the USA.
"How He Did It" feature in Inc.com Magazine.
The rating is derived by comparing revenues between 2004 and
2007 where Thrustmaster saw an increase of 1,456.7%.
Contracts and forecasts in 2008 have already exceeded the
2007 record year. "Now we're experiencing our fastest growth
yet. Increased oil prices have helped in that they have given
the oil companies the profit, and the incentive to start looking
for new locations for oil and gas, and that has dramatically
increased the demand for our product," says founder and
president, Joe Bekker.
With an order backlog in excess of 250 million dollars, primarily
for thrusters used in dynamic positioning applications, Thrustmaster
is building a brand new 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant
for production of thrusters in sizes up to 6,000kW (8,000hp)
each. This new factory, which will be completely climate controlled,
will be the largest of its kind in the world. A large test basin,
holding 15 million gallons of water, is set up for full load
testing before shipment of all products.
Thrustmaster designs and builds tunnel thrusters, azimuth
thrusters, and retractable thrusters for commercial ships, platforms,
and barges. The company quickly developed into one of the world's
leading suppliers of thrusters for drill ships, semi-submersibles,
harbor tugs, OSV's, and accommodation barges. Thrustmaster is
headquartered in Houston, Texas and has its own service centers
in Singapore, Dubai, Rotterdam, and China.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Signs 10
Million USD Contract
From the floor of the 2007 New Orleans
Workboat Show, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. signed a 10 Million
USD contract to deliver 18 azimuth Z-drives for pusher tugs operating
in South American river transportation.
Houston based Thrustmaster of Texas,
Inc. is a global leader in development of propulsion systems
and azimuth thrusters for dynamic positioning.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Supplies Outboard Propulsion
to British Military Unit
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is currently
working with the British Navy to deliver 33-150 HP Skid Pack
outboard propulsion units for special modular barge operations.
The freely azimuthing self contained
outdrive propulsion systems can be moved from module to module
as needed for transporting troops, tanks, and tactical military
vehicles and can be tilted up to 180 degrees allowing the operator
to quickly clear obstructions.
Frontier Drilling Orders DNV Class
Propulsion Units from Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. (www.thrustmastertexas.com)
has contracted with Frontier Drilling to deliver six TH6000ML
DNV class mechanical azimuthing thrusters.
The 6000hp (4500kW) units are also part
of Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. growth into supplying primary
Dynamic Positioning propulsion and station keeping capabilities
to the offshore semi- submersible market. Engineering and components
will be started in the current facility and completed in the
new 200,000 square foot facility in mid-2009.
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. to Build
New Houston, TX Facility
Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is the largest
U.S. based manufacturer of bow thrusters and Z-drives for the
marine industry, is breaking ground on a new 60 acre, 200,000
square foot factory near its current location in Houston,
Texas. The new factory is scheduled for opening by year end 2008.
With overhead cranes up to 100 ton capacity,
the new facility will produce thrusters in the range of 100 to
6,000 HP (75 to 4,500 kW) for marine transportation, offshore
industries, and military craft applications.
Thrustmaster received new orders well
in excess of 100 million USD in 2007 of which 75 million USD
is for export outside the USA.