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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Every Minute Makes a Difference

Mississippi River inland river tow applicationZ-drive commercial thruster from ZFFor 100 years ZF has been a leader in driveline technology, and ZF Marine’s Z-drive thrusters are taking inland river propulsion to the next level. You’re on the clock to get the tow delivered on time, or ahead of schedule. ZF Marine’s Z-drives offer better fuel efficiency and crew comfort, as well as increased thrust and maneuverability for the tow, especially through challenging bends. ZF Marine’s Z-drives are getting tows delivered faster and safer. More tows mean more revenue, which means you need more ZF.

Master Marine inland river towboatPort of Houston FireStorm 70 fireboatMV Frank Banta Jr. work vesselColumbia River Bar Pilots of Astoria patrol boat



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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