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Retractable Azimuth Thruster - Shock qualified design

Elastic deformation, resilient mounting and rubber isolation provide shock absorption in compliance with naval specifications

Direct power transmission using a vertical top-mounted electric motor eliminates the need for special shaft and quick-release coupling arrangements when the thruster is lowered into and retracted from the working position. This solution also eliminates the need for gearboxes to connect the prime mover to the thruster – resulting in better total efficiency.

Tailored solutions for advanced naval and coast guard vessels

  • Shock qualifications
  • EMI / EMC tested
  • Materials selected for fire resistance and hazard control
  • Product and manufacturing qualification
  • Integrated Logistics Support
  • Spare parts with NATO codification

Design principle with valuable customer features

  • Shaped like a long column, installed vertically in the thruster compartment
  • Delivered with azimuth arrangement as well as retracting arrangement and guiding column in pre-assembled condition with supporting structures fitted on the tank top/sea chest integration plate
  • Lowered into operating position and retracted into the hull by means of hydraulically operated lifting equipment
  • When Thruster is retracted, it is mechanically locked by means of spring loaded locking devices allowing deflection/movements of the hull girder and vertical movement of the complete unit if subjected to shock loads
  • The hull opening will be closed by a flush-plate with resilient landing elements/shock absorbers
  • This arrangement will allow for easy installation/integration of the complete Thruster Unit
  • When in lowered operating position the thruster unit is "locked" and pre-loaded in this position by means of the hydraulic lifting/lowering actuators
  • When the thruster is in operating position but not turning, the azimuth movement is locked by mechanical brakes
  • The stem housing is moving through a combined sealing box and bearing housing which is mounted to the tank top/sea chest integration plate
Brunvoll’s Retractable Azimuth Thrusters are products of years of experience. They have proven their worth in a variety of demanding applications, from research vessels and coast guard vessels to offshore supply vessels and shuttle tankers operating in the harsh climate of the North Atlantic. They have even proved invaluable for auxiliary and emergency «take home» propulsion.

Subsea Unit designed for heavy duty operations and low life cycle cost

  • Robust design, generous dimensions, and attention to details make for trouble-free performance.
  • Brunvoll focuses on excellent technical solutions to ensure that our thruster units can handle all the challenges of the marine environment.
  • Replaceable propeller blade bearing liners
  • Propeller blades are replaceable inside the nozzle
  • Various propeller blade materials and designs available
  • Controllable  pitch propeller and fixed pitch propeller versions available

Advanced multiple sealing system

  • An advanced multiple sealing system is used for the propeller shaft to provide an ideal environment for the working parts
  • Non-polluting sealing solutions available for use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL). Limited amounts of EAL required
  • The design complies with US EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP)

BruCon – Control, Alarm and Monitoring Systems – shock qualified naval solutions

  • Challenging naval operations demand precise BruCon control of the thrusters
  • For station keeping, search, surveillance and tracking
  • Proven reliability in a variety of navy vessels ranging from aircraft carriers to frigates, destroyers, patrol vessels, coast guard vessels and naval support
  • For the toughest naval applications, BruCon solutions comply with stringent requirements for shock and vibration qualification

Complete system deliveries

One source - one responsibility

For optimal performance Brunvoll takes responsibility for delivering complete systems and for providing support throughout the lifetime; from design, production, installation and commissioning, through daily operation.

Ask us for a complete thruster system including:

  • Electric drive motor, asynchronous or Permanent Magnet type
  • Starter or VFD for the motor
  • BruCon Control, Alarm and Monitoring system
  • BruCon Joystick and DP

Compile your vessel from Brunvoll's  product range

The wide product range of Brunvoll gives a unique configuration flexibility of integrated propulsion, manoeuvring and automation systems, see Propulsion Systems.

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Montserrat Lugrís López

Montserrat Lugrís López

Sales Manager, Brunvoll AS

+47 906 28 360
Anders Ulvestad

Anders Ulvestad

Sales Manager, Brunvoll AS

+47 975 88 706

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