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Azimuthing permanent magnet thruster (AZ-PM)

AZ-PM combines a ring-type permanent magnet electric motor, propeller and nozzle in a tightly integrated propulsion unit.

High energy efficiency

The Azimuthing permanent magnet thruster offers improved efficiency and simplicity compared to conventional geared azimuth thrusters with separate electric motors in the thruster room. The permanent magnet azimuthing thruster is a new addition to our family of thrusters, building on the design developed and verified on the permanent magnet tunnel thrusters with regard to thruster design and motor integration.

The new permanent magnetic driven Azipull. The PM motor maintains a very high efficiency over a wide speed range. Proven high propulsive and hydrodynamic efficiency ensure a cost-effective solution optimised for our customers.

The AZ-PM meets operational requirements with focus on performance and reliability. The rotor of the motor forming a ring around the propeller blades combined with advanced blade shapes, suppresses or eliminates cavitation. The motor stator is incorporated in the nozzle which controls water flow and provides increased thrust over a wide speed range. The underwater unit can be rotated in azimuth to give steering and vectored thrust in any direction.

A steel structure carries the steering bearing and this is simply bolted into the hull. Only limited footprint space and headroom is required in the thruster room as the only components there are the slipring case that transfers power to the thruster and the compact electric steering motors. Speed control is by varying the frequency of the voltage supplied to the thruster motor.

A very high motor efficiency, 97% at nominal speed and high efficiency over the whole load range, and the submerged motor mean that no cooling equipment is required, saving space and reducing installation cost. Simple bearings in the rotor hub carry all loads, and no oil circulation pump is required.


Key features

  • Improved propulsion efficiency
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Reduced noise and vibration, both airborne and structural
  • Reduced hydro acoustic noise
  • Reduced, or no cavitation
  • Uses EAL (Environmentally Acceptable Oil) with reduced volume
  • Reduced hull space demand
  • No inboard cooling system
  • No hydraulic pumps/powerpacks
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Less maintenance onboard
  • Reduced maintenance at docking intervals
  • Reduced steering gear torque
  • Equipped for condition monitoring

Technical data

  AZ-PM 1900 AZ-PM 2600
Power (kW) 500-1100 1100-2600
Thruster (kN) 191 kN @ 0knot 411 kN @ 0knot
RPM 239 187
Propeller diameter (mm) 1900 2600
Propeller type Monoblock/FP Monoblock/FP
Direction of rotation CW/CCW CW/CCW
Drive AFE or 12-pulse drive AFE or 12-pulse drive


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