Pleuger offshore thrusters and propulsion units are state-of-the-art manoeuvring systems for offshore vehicles. Used in floating platforms (SEMISUB), work vehicles and supply vessels, our marine propulsion systems guarantee long-lasting technical precision and quality - Made in Germany.
For its customers worldwide Pleuger has proven his expertise in the design and engineering of customized solutions for underwater mountable thrust units and tunnel thrusters. Pleuger tunnel or bow thrusters are installed worldwide at the bow and stern of ships.
Thrusters for Offshore Rigs
In difficult offshore environments, drilling platforms must be manoeuvred and stabilized against not only wind and wave action but also counter the torque of the drilling drive unit. The Pleuger thruster for offshore applications has been developed specifically for semisubmersible rigs and drillships as the main propulsion system as well as to enhance dynamic positioning operations.The Pleuger thruster for offshore applications has been developed specifically for semisubmersible rigs and drill ships as a main propulsion system as well as to enhance dynamic positioning operations.
The Pleuger Azimuthing thruster for ships has been developed especially for main propulsion systems, manoeuvring in port, or enhanced dynamic positioning. This makes it perfect for use in such applications as wind turbine installation, platform supply and any vessel requiring a high degree of manoeuvrability. Optional upgrades for ice-class design - up to the ice breaker class - or Z-drives are available.
Retractable Azimuth Thrusters
For ship applications where maximum efficiency is desired while underway, the Pleuger Azimuthing thruster can be upgraded to a containerized retractable design. This configuration allows the thruster to be hydraulically retracted into the hull while not in use, reducing drag and saving on fuel costs. The retractable design is also beneficial in situations where the vessel may encounter shallow drafts or underwater obstacles that could damage an otherwise unprotected thruster unit. This configuration can also be upgraded to underwater detachable configuration.
Ice Class Azimuth Thrusters
The Pleuger azimuth thruster for both offshore and ship applications can also be upgraded to ice-class requirements. Pleuger has a long history of involvement with all the major classification societies and their ice-class regulations. Designs can be supplied up to ice breaker class with ducted or un-ducted propellers.
Custom Designed Auxiliary Propulsion
In addition to typical thruster designs, Pleuger has designed numerous custom auxiliary propulsion units over the years. Some of the above thruster designs meet the extreme shock and signature requirements of Navy vessels such as nuclear and conventional submarines as well as aircraft carriers. From submersible motors to diesel engine drives, Pleuger offers the solution for just about any propulsion need.