Azipod® propulsion is available in power ranges from 1MW to 22MW, making it suitable for smaller crafts, ferries, cruise ships, cargo carriers and icebreakers capable of independently operating in the harshest conditions. Today, over 25 vessel type rely on the Azipod® technology.
Passenger vessels benefit from the performance provided by 360-degree rotating podded propulsors, high reliability and reduced fuel consumption. Additionally, lower vibration and the flexibility of design allowed by locating propulsion motors outside, rather than inside the hull, prove compelling for passenger vessel owners.
For vessels serving the offshore and energy industries, Azipod® installation requires considerably less space inside the vessel than competing mechanical systems, yielding greater flexibility to optimize vessel design. In addition, optimized installation of thrusters working with a pulling or pushing propeller increases the hydrodynamic efficiency of the vessel and reduces noise and vibrations. Connecting the propeller directly to the propulsion motor eliminates gears and other auxiliary equipment, meaning reduced maintenance costs and less down time due to faults in these systems
Dry cargo vessel benefit from Azipod® propulsion in operations where vessel must perform reliably over an extended period at maximum efficiency, and need to be especially maneuverable in shallow waters.
For advanced icebreaking tankers and other icebreaking ships, Azipod® propulsion is a true game-changer with unparalleled icegoing characteristics and efficiency.
Icegoing ships powered by Azipod® propulsion can run ahead in open water and astern in heavy ice conditions. This capability allows ships to navigate in ice-covered seas without icebreaker assistance, while keeping higher speeds and consuming less power.