High maneuverability for shallow draft environments
Shallow draft thrusters are rated for power inputs from 100-825kW. On ships navigating in shallow waters e.g. ferries these thrusters function as main propulsion units. They can also be designed to provide back-up thrust or auxiliary propulsion on e.g. research vessels. In many applications ZF supplies shallow draft thrusters as the better alternative to tunnel thrusters.Those can be configured in combination with retractable thrusters, tunnel thrusters and well or deck-mounted propulsion units.
360 degree steering, no thrust reduction at any angle
Compact design, water intake and nozzle within one circle
Highly thrust/power ratio
Design allows for low water intake speed, thus avoiding the induction of foreign material and/or debris
Ease of installation and maintenance