Research Vessel Refit With ZF Telescoping Thruster

By Jack Burke23 August 2019

The research vessel Roger Revelle is currently going through an extensive mid-life refit. One of the upgrades to the vessel is the installation of telescoping thruster technology from ZF Marine.

The R/V Roger Revelle is a globally capable oceanographic research vessel, designed as a platform to support many different facets of ocean-based scientific research. The vessel is owned by the US Navy and operated by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography under a charter agreement with the Office of Naval Research.

Currently undergoing a major dry dock period as part of a mid-life upgrade, the vessel is receiving an 1100 HP ZF Marine ZF AT 5011 RT TT-FP L-Drive Retractable Thruster. The telescoping design allows it to extend downward from the hull, where it can operate as an azimuth thruster, rotating 360 degrees. When retracted, it operates as a standard tunnel thruster. The result is a multi-functional solution that provides traditional bow maneuvering in port while increasing station-keeping performance of the vessel when on station at sea, according to ZF Marine.

Operational control of the unit will be through ZF ThrusterCommand electronic controls.

ZF Marine will be supplying the same system for the sister-ship, R/V Atlantis, during that vessel’s mid-life refit, scheduled to start in 2020.

ZF Marine’s retractable thruster family has eight different models with a performance range from 136 to 2680 hp. The product line of commercial thrusters from ZF includes Well Mounted, Contra Rotation, Deck and Stern Mounted azimuth thrusters, Fixed and Controllable Pitch Tunnel thrusters, as well as a line of Shallow Draft thrusters.

MAGAZINE
NEWSLETTER
Delivered directly to your inbox, Diesel Gas & Turbine News; News features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
CONNECT WITH THE TEAM
Jack Burke Senior Editor, Diesel Gas Turbine Tel: +1 262 754 4150 E-mail: jack.burke@khl.com
Gabriele Dinsel Sales Manager Tel: +49 711 3416 74 71 E-mail: gabriele.dinsel@khl.com
CONNECT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
Latest News
ABB to turbocharge first ME-GA engines
ABB Turbocharging to deliver A200-L turbochargers for six new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers
Freudenberg’s simulation software helps operators optimize air filtration
Company’s e.FFECT can help configure filtration systems
1.1 GW plant now in operation
Plant managed by Advanced Power