Commercial Craft Propulsion Solutions

ZF Marine’s complete line of commercial craft propulsion systems for both workboat and fast craft includes: transmissions, commercial thrusters, propellers, shafts and control systems for applications such as tugboat, inland river tow, passenger ferry, fire/police/naval patrol boat, and related work vessels.

Our high-performance integrated propulsion packages offer the control, reliability, and operating speed you require for your specific commercial craft needs. Our experience working with engine manufacturers, naval architects and ship builders gives us unparalleled knowledge in propulsion systems. ZF Marine’s team of sales engineering specialists review your specific vessel design or profile, so that the result is a customized turnkey solution optimized to meet your propulsion needs.

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems offers:

  • Full integration of the complete propulsion system installation
  • Exact definition of all interfaces in the driveline, control and monitoring systems
  • Reduced time and cost by working with your naval architect and/or shipyard
  • Reduced maintenance costs due to “single service” responsibility

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Marquette Transportation Co.: 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc.

boatThe 78′ x 34’ x 11′ vessel, St. Bartholomew, was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky. The steel-hulled St. Bartholomew is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1,000-hp engines at 1,800 rpm connected to ZF Marine ZF AT 5111WM-FP Z-drives with 1,650 mm (65″) four-bladed propellers in nozzles. The package gives the boat a running speed of 10 knots with a loaded draft of 8’. For ship’s service power the towboat is outfitted with a pair of Kennedy Engine John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 generator drive engines each driving an 80-kW Marathon Mariner generators.

Atlantic Wind Transfers: wind farm service vessel from Blount Boats

boatThe first American wind farm service vessel, the Atlantic Pioneer, built in Rhode Island by Blount Boats and operated by Rhode Island Fast Ferry’s Atlantic Wind Transfers subsidiary, carries service crews to and from the first U.S. offshore commercial wind development, the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm. The farm generates 30MW to power homes and businesses on Block Island, and its electricity will also flow to the mainland via an underwater power cable. ZF Marine is proud to have our gearboxes on America’s first US Flagged Offshore Wind Farm Service Vessel.

Shoreline Sightseeing: city tour vessel from Blount Boats

boatThe 100 ’x 35’ architectural tour boat Skyview was delivered by Blount Boats, Warren, R.I., to Shoreline Sightseeing of Chicago, where the 300-passenger steel vessel will show visitors the Windy City skyline up close. Designed by Seacraft Design LLC, the vessel is certified under Coast Guard subchapter K to operate in partially protected waters. Power comes from twin Volvo D13 MH 400 hp diesels with ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44” diameter, 4-blade propellers and Kobelt steering. Ship’s power is provided by a pair of 65 kW John Deere generators.

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Introducing the all-new W10000 family of ToughGear Transmissions from ZF Marine Propulsion Systems… what’s next in marine propulsion technology.

This latest addition to our transmission line offers a more compact design with the highest power density and powerful PTO. Built to handle the most diverse tugboat and offshore workboat duty cycles, with the engineering excellence you expect from ZF.

ToughGear™ Transmissions

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