To complete the offer in propulsion systems Poseidon can supply a selection of Thrustleader.

The following different models are available:


Deck mounted thrusters are typically used in cases where temporary means of propulsion are required or in cases where machinery space inside the hull is not available. Thrustleader can built the thrusters customized to meet customer requirements. The deck mounted azimuth thrusters can come with features such as 360 degrees azimuth function, a tilting function for propeller inspection and a retracting function for optimized thrust at varying draugths. The thruster drive train can be configured as L-drive or Z-drive with E-Motor, H-Motor or Diesel engine power source. Interfacing systems such as Autopilot and Dynamic Positioning are available as option.


The Thrustleader retractable thrusters can be retracted into the hull after duty. They are used with dynamic positioning (DP) systems or provide additional thrust capacity for station keeping. A wide range of vessels, including offshore support vessels, offshore construction vessels, shuttle tankers and special vessels such as dredgers or heavy lift vessels are users of this advanced propulsion option. We can supply electric driven and hydraulic driven retractable thruster from 100kW to 1000kW.

The vertical retraction enables full retraction into the hull, to minimize the vessel resistance during transit to or from the area of operation. When deployed, the thrusters can be independently rotated through 360°, making vessels extremely maneuverable with a high thrust performance and excellent DP functionality.


The name Azimuth comes from the Horizontal celestial coordinate system. The azimuth coordinate is the horizontal angle around the horizon. An azimuth thruster is a steerable thruster that also turns in a 360 degrees angle around a horizontal bearing construction.

Poseidon and Thrustleader brand Azimuth thrusters are often used for main propulsion. They are available from 60kW to 2900kW. Every individual thruster system can be optimized for vessel speed or for maximum bollard thrust. Azimuth thrusters are available in Z-drive configuration with direct diesel engine drive or in L-drive configuration for electric motor or hydraulic motor drive. The control system comes with an interface for the Auto pilot system. An interface for Dynamic positioning systems is optional.

Azimuth thrusters can replace conventional propulsion and rudder steering systems to perform both the propulsion and steering functions. When enhanced maneuverability is required in applications such as dynamic positioning, ship escort and ship docking services.


For save and easy mooring, support during fishing and operation under dynamic positioning, tunnel thrusters are a good technical and economical solution.

The Poseidon and Thrustleader tunnel thrusters can be installed as bow thruster or stern thruster in the transverse direction of the hull. We can supply electric motor driven, hydraulic motor driven and diesel engine driven tunnel thrusters from 20kW to 2900kW. The tunnel structures can be executed in steel, aluminium and FRP depending on vessel hull material.

A full plug & play electric driven package consists of a tunnel thruster with electro motor, frequency drive with programmed factory settings and a main control panel with proportional joystick for stepless control. Interface for full integration with dynamic positioning systems is optional.