Bow thrusters and stern thrusters are indispensable for precise manoeuvring of a large ship under difficult circumstances: in a port or in a lock, or when the wind is on the bow of the ship and steering is made more difficult by only using the “regular” propellers that propel the ship at full speed.
ABS Hydromarine supplies various types of bow thrusters and stern thrusters: hydraulically and electrically driven. They are usually produced in our own factory.
ABS’s innovative specialty: the quiet yet powerful, environmentally-friendly ship’s propeller
Bow thrusters and stern thrusters often produce a lot of noise. This can be a disadvantage in the port, both for the crew and the environment. ABS Hydromarine reduces noise pollution with a well-thought-out design and smart lubrication. A drive that uses an innovative transmission belt with toothed prostheses. The result is a floating, bronze propeller with large blades for high thrust. In the design phase we did not simply think about performance, we also considered the environment. One of the ways we did this was by removing the motor from the tunnel. Hydraulic-powered thrusters can use environmentally friendly hydraulic oil.
Cylinders in many shapes and sizes
ABS produces – also specially for shipping – hydraulic cylinders with a diameter of up to 500 mm and a maximum stroke of 18 metres. If you believe you require a modified cylinder, there is a very good chance that it will be one of our standard cylinders. This means: quick clarity and rapid delivery. In order to guarantee the rapid delivery, we maintain a large stock of basic components from which almost any type of cylinder can be manufactured, completely customised to meet your needs. And this can be steel cylinders, cylinders with ceramic rod covers or cylinders with a remote sensing sensor or an end switch. The professionals of our maritime branch, “ABS Nautical Solutions” are more than happy to help you make the right choice. We work closely with all commercial shipping inspection services.
Special attention for repair and service
In the fast world of shipping, where time is always money, a minimum waiting time for technical maintenance or one-off mechanical repairs is very important. And it is for this very reason that we always ensure our services are fast, thorough and professional. Our specialists are familiar with all brands and types of cylinders. For any request, they can quickly make the right decision to ensure the proposed solution works technically and economically, reject and replace a part, or quickly and expertly make a repair or carry out a complete overhaul so the component will last for many more miles.
We not only take care of thrusters and cylinders, we can also help you with the disassembly and assembly of a (repaired) cylinder if necessary.
This is why we have taken our “new build” and “servicing” tasks and separated them into two independent lines. Your problem will always get the attention it deserves, without incurring unnecessary delays.