Voith – Inline Thruster and Inline Propulsor

Compact, Smooth and Fast Responding: Voith Inline Thruster & Voith Inline Propulsor

Minimum vibration and noise emission, prompt steering response and efficient thrust generation – these were the targets set by Voith for the development of a new propulsion system. The results are the Voith Inline Truster (VIT) and Voith Inline Propulsor (VIP) Rim drive systems. The VIT is the ideal transverse thruster for use in the bow or stern. It significantly improves the vessel’s maneuvering.

Voith provides propulsion sytems tailored to a wide range of applications:

  • Yachts
  • Offshore Oil and Gas
  • Special Ships

Precise maneuverability and high reliability

Due to its construction, the Voith Inline Thruster (VIT) does not require either a drive shaft or a transmission. This leads to a direct transfer of the input power, which increases thrust effect and hence efficiency. Depending on the application either patented slide bearings lubricated with seawater or oil lubricated roller bearings provide a compact design. The blade ends that face inward increase the smooth running and reduce vibrations, increasing passenger comfort.

Owners and crews of luxurious yachts, offshore support vessels or cruise ships also appreciate the maneuvering and propulsion system because of its short response times to steering commands that make precise dynamic positioning easier at all times.

In addition to the application as a transverse thruster, Voith also offers the system as the Voith Inline Propulsor (VIP), which is a swing-out system that can pivot 360 degrees. It combines the advantages of the VIT with those of an azimuthing steerable propulsion system and can be used, for example, as a maneuvering aid for dynamic positioning or as an auxiliary propulsion system.

Thanks to their compact design and simple installation, it is easy to retrofit both the VIT and the VIP.

A Revolutionary Thruster System (PDF).

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