New ZF Thruster Released

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ZF has announced its new ZF AT 80 thruster model range, which is available as a 360-degree steerable thruster and a retractable propulsion system or a bow thruster.


From 1,380 to 1,585 kW, the ZF AT 80 is suitable for many different ship types, whether it is an azimuth thruster or bow thruster. There are numerous possibilities for individual configurations and extensions, such as the ProVID condition monitoring system.

When developing the AT 80, ZF further refined its thruster’s design, with the new hydrodynamically optimised shape of the underwater housing reducing drag and improving cavitation behaviour. This increases the overall efficiency of the propulsion system.

When designing the transmissions and oil circuits, ZF drew on decades of know-how at its central development departments, resulting in this propulsion system meeting the highest robustness, efficiency, and availability requirements.

The development plan also included reduced operating costs and sustainability. The propulsion system’s efficiency is higher, thanks to the low oil fill quantity, which simultaneously reduces CO2 emissions. Leakages are detected early with a future-oriented, double-chamber sealing system. This prevents both mineral oil leaking into waterways and/or water getting into the transmission. As a result, the model range meets current and future stricter environmental regulations. 

With its modular design, the model range enables tailor-made solutions for customers. The AT 80 is available as a 360-degree steerable thruster, a retractable propulsion system, or a bow thruster.

The user-friendly ThrusterCommand control system forms an integral part of ZF’s propulsion solution.

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