One of the biggest thrusters in the world
The huge thruster part on the photos is just the under water part of the thruster. This part has just arrived at the Propulsion Service Workshop in Wijk bij Duurstede. It concerns the lower gearbox of the spare thruster of a pipe laying vessel. This particular vessel uses 10 Azimuth thrusters like this. They are among the biggest thrusters in the world. Complete they weigh 57 tons each. This part weighs 13 tons and is about 2.5mx2.5mx2m!
The power of a thruster like is > 5.000 kW.
This thruster came in for regular maintenance, but while disassembling we found a broken gearbox. The next step will be finding out, why the gearbox was broken and producing a new one. In the mean time, there's a lot of work to be done! We will keep you posted about that too!